Umbrella Patents (Class 135/15.1)
  • Patent number: 10357087
    Abstract: An umbrella system includes a support pole connected to a rotating tube positioned around a center tube that extends between the support pole and a center support that is connected to an umbrella frame. The rotating tube has one or more helical grooves therein that are engaged by teeth of a hub which is connected to the umbrella frame. As the rotating tube is rotated, the hub is driven along the length of the rotating tube thereby opening and closing the umbrella frame. In one arrangement system includes a motor housing assembly including a plurality of batteries and a motor that includes a driven gear that meshes with a stationary gear which causes rotation of the rotating tube. The system also includes a counterbalance assembly positioned within the rotating tube. The counterbalance assembly includes at least one spring positioned within the rotating tube that provides a counterbalance force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: CURRENT PRODUCTS CORP
    Inventors: Willis Jay Mullet, Richard Scott Hand, John Foreman
  • Patent number: 10359146
    Abstract: A pole assembly which includes a pole, a hub being placed on the pole, the hub having a plurality of enclosed channels formed therein, a plurality of arm assemblies with each arm assembly having a vertical segment designed to fit within a respective channel and an arm extending outwardly from the vertical segment, and a finial designed to sit on top of an upper end of the pole, the finial having a spirit level incorporated therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Paul L. Cote
  • Patent number: 10306959
    Abstract: A motorized, weighted base for outdoor patio umbrellas that can be controlled by a smartphone via Bluetooth, is solar powered to not need recharging, and moves the umbrella automatically to keep the user in the shade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: August Rosedale
  • Patent number: 10238192
    Abstract: A device for extending the zone of protection of an umbrella. The device includes a curtain that can extend from a peripheral edge of an umbrella canopy. The curtain extends away from the canopy to envelope a user of the umbrella when the umbrella is in a deployed position. The curtain is selectively movable between a deployed position and a retracted position by a plurality of cords affixed to the curtain. In the retracted position, the curtain is compressed against the peripheral edge of the canopy. The plurality of cords passes through a cord lock, wherein the cord lock can prevent further movement of the curtain. The cord lock is operably connected to a switch disposed on a handle of the umbrella.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Mudassar Khan
  • Patent number: 10143276
    Abstract: In accordance with the embodiments of the present invention, a dual handle umbrella is disclosed, wherein the umbrella comprises a pole that is operatively associated with a first upper user grasping handle for holding the umbrella upright, and wherein the umbrella further comprises a second lower handle spaced by a distance away from and below the first upper user grasping handle provided by an extension member. The extension member is adjustable to place the second lower handle at different distances away from the first upper user grasping handle, such that a person, who is shorter than the user can hold onto the umbrella by grasping the second lower handle. As such, a user can hold the first upper grasping handle, while a shorter person, e.g. a child, can simultaneously hold the second lower handle. Other advantages that are further understood from the disclosure will be apparent to the reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventors: Nathaniel C. Wellen, Alexander B. Wellen
  • Patent number: 10098425
    Abstract: An umbrella assembly is provided that includes a frame, a canopy, an extension and a base. The frame includes a post and top piece, a number of arms, a number of connectors, a lift ring and a locking pin. The post includes a number of rod members attached together in adjacent parallel space orientation with a top piece which rotatably attaches to each of a number of arms each arm having a number of arm rod members attached together in adjacent parallel space orientation. Each arm is rotatably attached to one end of a connector. The other end of each connector is rotatably attached to the lift ring. Raising and lowering the lift ring opens and closes the umbrella arms. The locking pin holds the lift ring in an upper position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: John L. Haller
  • Patent number: 10086685
    Abstract: The embodiments provide a vehicle covering apparatus and a vehicle cover. The vehicle covering apparatus includes a base, an upright member, an arm, an extension rod a coupler assembly and support line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Daniel Cornew
  • Patent number: 10005401
    Abstract: A system to releasably attach an object to a vehicle interior is presented herein. The system includes a first, second and third module. The first module is configured to fasten to a portion of an interior vehicle body panel. The second module is configured to slidably couple to the first module. The third module is configured to rotatably couple to the second module, the third module has a connection point configured to allow the releasable attachment of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Fernando A. Siqueira, Adelchi R. Tiboni, Rodrigo T. Garcia
  • Patent number: 9822545
    Abstract: A system for providing weather protection including shading in an automated and selective manner. The system includes an enclosure with an inner chamber and an outlet to the inner chamber. The system also includes a canopy and a deploy and retract assembly, which includes a canopy support assembly supporting the canopy. The deploy and retract assembly operates to move the canopy support assembly to move the canopy into the inner chamber and out of the inner chamber. The system further includes a controller generating control signals to operate the deploy and retract assembly. Specifically, this assembly is configured to retract the canopy by moving the canopy support assembly to move the canopy through the outlet into the inner chamber and further is configured to deploy the canopy by moving the canopy support assembly to move the canopy through the outlet to be at least partially outside of the inner chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Raakhi Kritaanjli Kapur, Zachary Dinndayal Morgan, Stephanie Huerre, Susan Hamilton, Matias Adrian Cena, Carolina Isabel Rodriguez, Steven John Pless
  • Patent number: 9603423
    Abstract: An adjustable, removable mesh canopy is adapted to fit umbrellas and parasols while providing a barrier to mosquitoes and other insects. A removable weight may be affixed to the bottom of the net to keep the net flush with the ground during movement and wind and to inhibit insect entry into the enclosed space. The top includes an adjustable drawstring opening which can be adjusted to fit umbrellas or parasols that vary in diameter. A closed seam runs down the side, and a resealable opening may be installed on the side of the net so that a user can temporarily extend a hand outside of the net through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Sharon Skobeleva
  • Patent number: 9468272
    Abstract: Devices and systems are described including a walking aid including a linear rod having a first end and a second end, a hand grip disposed in proximity to the first end of the linear rod, two or more extendable and retractable self-leveling load-bearing feet at the second end of the linear rod, at least one sensor configured to detect a parameter of a walking surface in proximity to the second end of the linear rod, and a controller including a microprocessor and circuitry, the controller operably coupled to the two or more extendable and retractable self-leveling load-bearing feet and the at least one sensor, and including circuitry configured to receive information regarding the detected parameter of the walking surface from the at least one sensor and circuitry configured to actuate at least one of the two or more extendable and retractable self-leveling load-bearing feet in response to the information regarding the detected parameter of the walking surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, William David Duncan
  • Patent number: 9468273
    Abstract: A retractable umbrella includes a canopy with supporting ribs and a shaft with a handle located on a proximal end thereof. Inside the shaft resides an electric motor and a gearing mechanism for power transmission. When activated, the electric motor actuates the gearing mechanism to extend and retrieve the canopy from and into the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventors: Henry J. Hasselbach, John C. Hasselbach, Robert G. Snow
  • Patent number: 9348328
    Abstract: A building management system comprises a measurement system for measuring a demand for resources inside the building and a collecting system for harvesting natural resources available outside the building. The building management system is further provided with a storage system for storing surplus resources and a sensor system for measuring resource availability outside the building and/or resources stored in the storage system. Further, a controller arranged to receive data from the measurement system, the sensor system and the storage system is provided. The controller controls the collecting system based on said data to tune the collection of resources by the collection system to a present and/or an expected demand for resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Clive Van Heerden, Kyriakos Mama, Thomas Duester, Christoph Dobrusskin
  • Patent number: 9167873
    Abstract: A cantilever parasol has a mast, two main arms proceeding laterally from the mast and coupled to each other in a scissors-type manner, and a linkage of bars for supporting a cover. A first main arm extends from an upper mast bearing through a slit in the cover to a vertical arm of the linkage of bars. At least one sealing structure is provided for sealing the slit in the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: May Geraetebau GmbH
    Inventor: Karl-Heinz May
  • Publication number: 20150090307
    Abstract: A beach umbrella anchoring system comprising a restraining device or container for preventing the beach umbrella from being blown about by unexpected, sudden gusts of wind comprising a container, i.e., a beach bag for containing ballast or a weighting medium such as sand, dirt, small rocks and the like therein to anchor the umbrella, a beach umbrella having easily accessible storage areas in the form of at least one pocket attached to at least one seam found on the interior of the umbrella. The beach umbrella is provided with a support shaft having a tapered end so as to facilitate insertion of the shaft into beach bag and/or the sand on the beach to provide the sole support for the umbrella. If a container or beach bag containing sand or dirt is provided, the support shaft will pass through the same and into the sand on the beach.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: John Supino
  • Patent number: 8931496
    Abstract: A system is provided for protective elements that include, but is not limited to, an umbrella having a complete double canopy with pleats, a medially expanding frame, and a moisture mitigation vessel. The frame's linkage system and expanding double canopy enable their combined covering structure to take a downwardly concave form when fully deployed. Rounded outer frame edges provide enhanced safety. When retracted around the umbrella's stick, frame and canopy assume the form of a three dimensional envelope tapered up and down from its mid-section, thereby concentrated at top and bottom by the stick. This configuration provides canopy and frame with improved ability to move in and out of the invention's stick mounted moisture mitigation vessel. With an internal liner of wicking material and multiple surface apertures, the vessel encourages controlled release of evaporated moisture from the enclosed canopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventors: Andrea Elgin Beyer, Steven Larsen Beyer
  • Publication number: 20150000716
    Abstract: An umbrella mount, and optional adaptor, a receiver for an umbrella pole and at least two pressure points that at least one strap and fastener can urge against a base support to securely position the mount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: David L. LeAnna
  • Publication number: 20140360541
    Abstract: A system is provided for protective elements that include, but is not limited to, an umbrella having a complete double canopy with pleats, a medially expanding frame, and a moisture mitigation vessel. The frame's linkage system and expanding double canopy enable their combined covering structure to take a downwardly concave form when fully deployed. Rounded outer frame edges provide enhanced safety. When retracted around the umbrella's stick, frame and canopy assume the form of a three dimensional envelope tapered up and down from its mid-section, thereby concentrated at top and bottom by the stick. This configuration provides canopy and frame with improved ability to move in and out of the invention's stick mounted moisture mitigation vessel. With an internal liner of wicking material and multiple surface apertures, the vessel encourages controlled release of evaporated moisture from the enclosed canopy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Andrea Elgin Beyer, Steven Larsen Beyer
  • Publication number: 20140360542
    Abstract: A system is provided for protective elements including, but not limited to, a patio umbrella with complete double canopy, medially expanding frame, a system for deploying its integrated canopeum of insect netting, and a two segment mitigation vessel. The frame's rounded outer edges provide enhanced safety. When retracted around the umbrella's stick, the frame and canopy assume the form of a three dimensional envelope tapered vertically from its midsection, concentrated at top and bottom. Dedicated mechanisms are also provided for deploying an insect interdicting canopeum. Furthermore, a mitigation vessel provides protective storage for frame, canopy, and canopeum elements. With an internal liner of wicking material and multiple surface apertures; the system encourages controlled release of evaporated moisture from stowed elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Andrea Elgin Beyer, Steven Larsen Beyer
  • Publication number: 20140332043
    Abstract: In order to provide a large parasol (2) with an improved binding system wherein the large parasol in its dosed state can be wrapped with preferably one or with several tying straps (1) in a spiral-like manner (3, 3) and wherein in the opened state of the parasol (2) a standby state of the one or several tying straps (1) is provided in such manner that the tying straps each are fixed with an end thereof to an upper attachment point (A, A?) at a canopy strut (5, 5?) of the parasol (2) and are releasably attached to a lower attachment point (B, B?) at the said canopy strut (5) so that also short statured persons are able to bind the parasol conveniently and correctly and that no wind damage occurs, it is proposed that between the upper and the lower attachment point (A, A?; B, B?) there is provided on one of the canopy struts (5, 5?) a further, middle attachment point (C, C?). The latter is configured as a damping means for the spirally wrapped tying straps (1) is in the dosed state of the parasol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: GLATZ AG
    Inventor: Gustav Adolf Glatz
  • Publication number: 20140326283
    Abstract: An improved beach umbrella that includes a canopy, a cylindrical shaft with a point on the lower end, and one or more wedges that are attached to the shaft. The wedges act as anchors for the umbrella when placed into the ground to prevent the umbrella from being uplifted from the ground due to a strong force of wind.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Alan R. Silberman
  • Publication number: 20140311536
    Abstract: An umbrella holder having a base, a holder removably attachable to the base, and a plurality of stakes to secure the base to the ground. A top surface of the base has a section to store the holder when not in use. A bottom surface of the base has a plurality of stake holders to hold the stakes when not in use. The holder has two tubes attached by link arms to allow the two holders to be adjustable relative to each other. The base also has a central main hole and a plurality of auxiliary holes so that a pole can be inserted through at least one of the tubes and through the main hole so as to be perpendicular to the ground, or through one of the auxiliary holes so as to be non-perpendicular to the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Walter Williams
  • Publication number: 20140290707
    Abstract: A customization kit for a hand-held umbrella and methods fostering customization of such an umbrella are provided. In one disclosed embodiment, the method allows arranging in a baseline umbrella configuration one or more removable components for the umbrella. The removable component may be a component which is unblocked relative to a view of an external observer when the umbrella is in a closed condition. The method further allows configuring a customizing kit including an assortment of customizing components at least some of which are in a pre-finished condition, removing the removable component, and performing a customizing action in connection with the removable component resulting in a transformed umbrella look perceivable by the external observer when the umbrella is in the closed condition. In another embodiment, the customizing action may be accomplished with a replacement component manufactured by way of additive manufacturing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: STINGR Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Daniel J. O'Donnell
  • Publication number: 20140283888
    Abstract: The present invention includes an umbrella anti-inversion apparatus comprising a removable cuff and a plurality of removable and adjustable straps. The cuff is attached around an umbrella shaft and the straps extend radially from the strap openings on the adjustable cuff to the umbrella tips to which they are connected. There are adjusting means incorporated on to the straps enabling easy modification of length thereby providing varied tension in each strap for effectively preventing undesirable displacement of the rib outer ends; thus providing a particular means for averting the inversion of an umbrella canopy in an open position from high winds and other weather events.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Aubrey Michael Gray
  • Publication number: 20140238453
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a compact portable lightweight strong umbrella stand that can be quickly and easily attached to different metal objects and that is configured to securely hold a relatively heavy umbrella such as a patio umbrella.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Raymond Zoeteman
  • Publication number: 20140230866
    Abstract: The present invention is in the field of beach umbrellas where as the dig-git Beach Umbrella Anchor provides a means of anchoring a beach umbrella into the beach sand in above average winds by means of an entrenching tool that would be attached to any standard beach umbrella with a maximum pole outer diameter of 1.40 inches as described in summary of invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Frederick Joseph Paolucci
  • Patent number: 8800577
    Abstract: An umbrella has a central shaft, a crown, a runner, a plurality of ribs, and a plurality of stretchers. The crown is a polygon each side of which includes a pivot pin mounted in a perpendicular direction to pivotally connect the upper end of a respective one of the ribs to the crown. The runner is a polygon and has a pivot pin mounted to each side in perpendicular direction to pivotally connect the lower end of a respective one of the stretchers to the runner. When the umbrella is closed, each of the ribs and the stretchers is collapsed in a tangential angle to set at one side of the central shaft and the runner and is not interfered with by the central shaft and the runner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventors: Joen-Shen Ma, Yung Cheng Ma
  • Publication number: 20140202506
    Abstract: A compact umbrella has a hollow-cylindrical body forming a shell, wherein the shell is made of a solid material and is configured to accommodate the umbrella in a transport state of the umbrella, when the umbrella is closed and folded, as a protective umbrella shell and is further configured to operate in an operating position of the umbrella, when opened, as a handle shell or carrying handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: SILAG Handel AG
    Inventors: Axel R. Hidde, Odo Klose
  • Patent number: 8727555
    Abstract: A lawn or patio umbrella with an integral lighting system that utilizes cold cathode ray tubes, light emitting diodes (LED's), or florescent lights, to provide relatively bright outdoor light for reading and other activities that require relatively high light intensities is provided. In one embodiment, a modular, electrically powered lawn or patio umbrella in which lighting systems, such as those utilizing cold cathode tubes, LED's, or florescent lights; cooling systems, such as those utilizing electric fans or misting systems; and motorized retraction systems; can be selectively interchanged is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: World Factory, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory G. Kuelbs
  • Publication number: 20140041555
    Abstract: Various aspects provide for disposing an umbrella over a table. In some cases, an umbrella may be coupled to a table. An umbrella may be disposed at a location other than a center of the table, which may provide for improved shelter from weather arriving at an angle (e.g., wind-driven rain, angled sunlight, and the like).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Charles E. Ramberg
  • Patent number: 8578955
    Abstract: The present application is directed towards a canopy system. The canopy system includes a canopy that is operably connected to a post and a base that is also operably connected to the same post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventor: Scott David Rothbaum
  • Patent number: 8561625
    Abstract: A sun-tracing sunshade apparatus includes a support, a first top shade member rotatably mounted on the support, a lateral shade member pivotally coupled to the first top shade member, a drive unit installed in the support and adapted for rotating the first top shade member relative to the support, a sun tracker electrically coupled with the drive unit and adapted for sensing the direction of the sun and providing a corresponding signal to the drive unit, and a push member mounted on the support and movable to touch the lateral shade member and to further bias the lateral shade member relative to the first top shade member. Thus, the first top shade member can be turned subject to the direction of sunlight to move the lateral shade member to the optimal shading position, providing excellent sun-shading effect. Further, when the lateral shade member is moved to the front side of the user, it can be lifted by the push member, avoiding hindering the user's sight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Xing-Han Chen
  • Publication number: 20130213446
    Abstract: A mister-equipped umbrella to shield a user from precipitation, to provide protection from harmful UV rays, and to allow the user to activate a mister having a variable mist head to cool the user on a hot, sunny day. The mister-equipped umbrella generally combines an umbrella assembly and a mister assembly. The umbrella assembly includes a tube, a runner, a plurality of stretchers, a plurality of ribs each terminating in a top, a cover comprising at least one UV coating, and a handle that has an inner volume for storing batteries and an outer surface that may be insulated for gripping. The mister assembly comprises a fluid reservoir, a pump, and a variable mister head. In use, the user may manually adjust the variable mister head to configure a misting pattern and frequency of the mister.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: Raj Rao
  • Publication number: 20130152984
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide an umbrella structure including at least one mushroom-shaped hub, a plurality of supporting members, and a main rod. Each mushroom-shaped hub has a hollow tubular body, two openings at two opposite ends respectively, and a cap portion located near a first opening and formed with a plurality of evenly distributed grooves which extend in the radial direction of the first opening. The supporting member has one end whose diameter is less than the diameter of the first opening but greater than the width of each groove and which therefore can pass through the first opening and be received in the cap portion. Thus, when the main rod penetrates the two openings, the end of each supporting member can be limited in position in the cap portion, and the remaining portion thereof can extend out of the cap portion and move along the groove accordingly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: Kuo-Hsiung CHOU
  • Publication number: 20130092199
    Abstract: An improved self-anchoring umbrella, the umbrella comprising a canopy and pole, a retractable auger disposed within the pole of the umbrella. The retractable auger is operated using an electric motor and portable power source, and a switch allowing a user to provide power to the electric motor which rotates a drive head with spiral teeth engaged within spiral grooves in the pole. The umbrella may further include a table portion, and extendable stabilizing legs disposed in the lower portion of the pole. When the auger portion is screwed into sand or other surface and the stabilizing legs are engaged with the surface, the invention provides a stable umbrella for outdoor recreation and other purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: Stacey L. Berland
  • Publication number: 20130092206
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for an umbrella mechanism with an outer and inner shaft, a plurality of ribs connected with the outer shaft and a canopy supported by the plurality of ribs are provided. The plurality of ribs are configured into a substantially ā€œVā€ shape when the umbrella mechanism is in a closed position, such that upon opening the umbrella into an open position, the plurality of ribs opens vertically before expanding horizontally, thus avoiding inadvertent contact of the umbrella with a user during the opening operation. The umbrella mechanism may be handheld or mounted to a structure such as a backpack, chair, table, patio or house, and may be operated by an enclosed motor. The motor may be powered by a battery, solar panel embedded into the canopy or an outside power source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: Sean K. Tayebi
  • Patent number: 8413670
    Abstract: An animal umbrella that includes a thoracic vest having a releasably fastenable front seam, a neck hole, a first foreleg hole, a second foreleg hole, and a base unit centrally disposed atop a dorsal portion, with an umbrella unit having an elongated dome-shaped covering, the covering having a mount support centrally disposed in an arched top portion, wherein a hoop stand removably inserts through the mount support to releasably attach to the base unit and a lock member slidingly secures the canopy at a desired height above the base unit to shield a quadruped from inclement weather and, alternately, shade the quadruped from intense sunlight, as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Aubrey C. Richardson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8402981
    Abstract: The invention relates to a protective element, especially a suspended protective element for using as a parasol or an umbrella, comprising a vertical pole, a protective cover element, and a holding structure connected to the vertical pole. The holding structure is rotatably mounted in relation to the vertical pole, and the rotational axis of the support extends at least approximately parallel to the longitudinal axis of the vertical pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Yotrio Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kai Liu
  • Patent number: 8393340
    Abstract: A flexible sunshade includes an elastic element having a lower end mounted to an upper end of a pole. A hub is fixed to an upper end of the elastic element. A canopy is mounted to a plurality of ribs each having an end pivotably connected to the hub. A runner is slideably mounted to the pole. A first end of each of a plurality of stretchers is pivotably connected to the runner. A second end of each stretcher is pivotably connected to one of the ribs. When the canopy, the ribs, or the hub is subjected to a force at a non-parallel angle to a longitudinal axis of the pole, the elastic element flexes to cause the hub to flex in a direction of the force, absorbing at least a portion of the force acting on the flexible sunshade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: Benson Tung
  • Patent number: 8331598
    Abstract: An audio system for an outdoor umbrella includes an audio housing, a detachable locker, and an audio device. The audio housing includes a first housing body and a second housing body defining a mounting slot for a shaft of the outdoor umbrella fitting therewithin. The detachable locker includes a first locker provided at the first housing body and a second locker which is provided at the second housing body and is releasably locked with the first locker so as to detachably lock up the second housing body with the first housing body. The audio device includes a speaker supported in the first housing body and an audio input operatively coupling with the speaker such that when the audio input sends an audio signal to the speaker, the speaker is adapted for producing audio sound as an additional function for the outdoor umbrella.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Oliver Joen-An Ma
    Inventor: Wanda Ying Li
  • Patent number: 8302616
    Abstract: The umbrella is constructed with a frame that allows one rib to be manually lifted in order to open the umbrella and allows a manually applied force to be placed on the cover between two adjacent ribs in order to close the umbrella. Mechanical cranks and the like are eliminated. In one embodiment, the upper yoke is movable relative to a fixed lower yoke and the tension in the cover maintains the upper movable yoke in the open condition of the umbrella.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Telescope Casual Furniture Co.
    Inventor: Robert D. Vanderminden, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20120266928
    Abstract: Disclosed is an umbrella rib assembly 100 of a telescopic construction formed of a main rib 110, a first auxiliary rid 120 and a second auxiliary rib 130 which are foldable, which comprises an inner side member 111, an intermediate member 112, a plurality of main ribs 110, a support member 122 rotatably engaged to the first auxiliary rib fixing member 150, a plurality of first auxiliary ribs 120, and a second auxiliary rib 130, the diameter D1 of the engaging part in which the inner side member 111 of the main rib 110 is rotatably engaged to the main rib fixing member 140 is larger than the diameter D2 of the engaging part in which the second auxiliary rib 130 is rotatably engaged to the second auxiliary rib fixing member 160, and then the second auxiliary rib fixing member 160 descends toward the fixed first auxiliary rib fixing member 150, the umbrella rib assembly 100 is unfolded, and when it ascends toward the fixed main rib fixing member 140, the umbrella rib assembly 100 is folded, so various is telesco
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: Boo Il Lee
  • Patent number: 8230869
    Abstract: The umbrella is constructed with a frame that allows one rib to be manually lifted in order to open the umbrella and allows a manually applied force to be placed on the cover between two adjacent ribs in order to close the umbrella. Mechanical cranks and the like are eliminated. In one embodiment, rods are added to the struts to weight and maintain the lower movable yoke in the open condition of the umbrella. In another embodiment, the tension in the cover maintains the upper movable yoke in the open condition of the umbrella.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Telescope Casual Furniture, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert D. Vanderminden, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20120073617
    Abstract: An umbrella including a tube, a whale bone device, a barrel slidably engaged on the tube, means for coupling the barrel to the whale bone device, and a latch slidably received in the channel. The tube includes an upper portion and a lower portion. The lower portion includes a handle provided thereon. The upper portion includes an upper locking point formed within the tube. The lower portion includes a lower locking point formed within the tube. The whale bone device is pivotally secured to the upper portion of the tube and is movable between an open position and a folded position. The barrel includes a channel formed therein. The latch includes a support element and a locking element. The support element is slidably received in the channel of the barrel for slidably receiving the tube therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventor: Glenn Kupferman
  • Patent number: 8116497
    Abstract: A portable system for an outdoor umbrella includes a portable housing, a detachable locker, and an audio device. The portable housing includes a first housing body and a second housing body defining a mounting slot for a shaft of the outdoor umbrella fitting therewithin. The detachable locker includes a first locker provided at the first housing body and a second locker which is provided at the second housing body and is releasably locked with the first locker so as to detachably lock up the second housing body with the first housing body. The audio device includes a speaker supported in the first housing body and an audio input operatively coupling with the speaker such that when the audio input sends an audio signal to the speaker, the speaker is adapted for producing audio sound as an additional function for the outdoor umbrella.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventor: Wanda Ying Li
  • Publication number: 20110297196
    Abstract: A hinge joint assembly including a first body having a first circular serrated edge located around a first central axis; a second body having a second circular serrated edge located around a second central axis, said second circular serrated edge corresponding with and adapted to engage with the first circular serrated edge; an axle rod, extending through the first central axis and the second central axis, adapted to enable the first and second bodies to rotate relative to one another; biasing means, positioned between the first body and the second body, for biasing said first and second bodies away from each other along the axle rod; movement limiting means for preventing the second body from being separated from the first body beyond a pre-determined distance; and a cam element, rotatable about the axle rod, adapted to move the second body relative to the first body, from a joint locked position to a joint unlocked position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: Basil Bangs Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Durante
  • Patent number: 8020572
    Abstract: An umbrella is provided that comprises a canopy and a support structure upon which the canopy is supported. The canopy can comprise a first panel and a second panel. The support structure can comprise a spacer configured to provide a gap separating the first and second panels to permit air to be vented through the canopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventor: Oliver Joen-an Ma
  • Patent number: 7886756
    Abstract: An umbrella handle quick-release structure includes a positioning member, a spring, and an inner sleeve. The positioning member is fixed at a lower end of an umbrella rod. The inner sleeve is secured to a mounting hole of an umbrella handle. The inner sleeve has an axial insertion hole for insertion of the umbrella rod, an axial side groove at a side wall thereof for the positioning member to slide therein along with the insertion of the umbrella rod, a transverse groove for the positioning member to slide therein along with turning of the umbrella rod, and an axial positioning groove for positioning of the positioning member after being turned. The transverse groove has a first end interconnected with a lower end of the axial side groove and a second end interconnected with the axial positioning groove. An upper end of the axial positioning groove is higher than the transverse groove. The spring is located between a bottom of the mounting hole and a lower end of the umbrella rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Futao Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tian-Fu Chen
  • Publication number: 20110030745
    Abstract: A foldable umbrella with one-piece umbrella cloth includes a frame, a one-piece umbrella cloth, and a plurality of connecting pieces. The frame has a shaft, a runner, a plurality of stretchers, and a plurality of ribs. The runner is slidably disposed on the shaft. One end of each of the ribs is radially connected to the distal end of the shaft. A first rod of the rib has at least one penetrating hole. One end of each of the stretchers is together connected to the runner, and the other end of each of the stretchers is connected to the first rods respectively. The one-piece umbrella cloth is integrally formed without seams, disposed on the ribs, and connected thereto via the connecting pieces through the inside of the one-piece umbrella cloth and the penetrating hole of the first rod; therefore it can protect against the penetration of rain reliably.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventor: Feng-To Yu
  • Publication number: 20110017249
    Abstract: An umbrella hub is provided that is operative to engage an umbrella cord for maintaining an umbrella in an open position. The hub can comprise a cord retention mechanism. For example, the hub can comprise upper and lower hub portions that form a hub body and a cord retention mechanism comprising an aperture extending through the hub body, a recess disposed within the upper or lower hub portion, and a pair of engagement members disposed in the recess. The cord lock mechanism can be configured to allow the cord to pass freely in a first direction while preventing movement of the cord therethrough in a second direction that is opposite the first direction or to pass freely in both the first and second directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventor: Oliver Joen-an Ma