Cover Or Lining Feature Patents (Class 135/33.2)
  • Patent number: 10849396
    Abstract: A storage receptacle for an umbrella; the storage receptacle includes a receptacle-body, at least one access-aperture, at least one fastener, and at least one attachment-means. The receptacle-body is translucent or transparent, and flexible to allow the storage receptacle to collapse with the umbrella. The storage receptacle is useful for secure storage of items within the umbrella.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventors: Rodolfo Magalde, Cristina Magalde
  • Patent number: 10190292
    Abstract: A system comprising a pliable material positioned to create a gravity feed drainage so that at least a liquid and a solid that melts into a liquid travels downward with respect to gravity to a collector pocket located on at least one of a top surface, between a top surface and a bottom surface of the pliable material and at the bottom surface of the pliable material to hold the at least liquid and solid that melts into the liquid, a plug extends from the collector pocket and opens further downward to which at least a part of an enclosable storage container is secured to a backside of the pliable material to collect the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Brandon Thomas Shackelford
  • Patent number: 9929461
    Abstract: An antenna having an elongated housing open at one end and defining an interior chamber. A telescoping mast has a carrier attached at a first end and a flexible antenna attached at its other end. The carrier with the attached mast and antenna is movable between a storage position in which the carrier, mast, and antenna are contained within the interior chamber of the housing, and a deployed position in which the mast and attached antenna protrude outwardly from the housing. A spring is positioned between the carrier and the housing which urges the carrier towards its deployed position. A catch mechanism selectively holds the carrier in its stored position and, when released, releases the spring to move the antenna to its deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Amir I. Zaghloul, William T. Fraser, Theodore K. Anthony, Andrew J. Bayba
  • Patent number: 9763501
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    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
  • Patent number: 8910392
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dewatering machine for umbrella, comprising a frame, a motor disposed inside the frame, a water receiving box disposed inside the frame, an elongated water throwing box disposed inside the water receiving box to accommodate the umbrella and a transmission assembly for connecting the motor and the water throwing box. The water receiving box is fixedly attached to the motor. A plurality of water-draining holes is disposed at the side of the water throwing box. The transmission assembly includes a transmission shaft fixedly attached to the bottom center of the water throwing box. The transmission shaft is perpendicular to the water throwing box. The water throwing box is disposed inside the dewatering device and connected with the motor via the transmission assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Zhifeng Liao
  • Publication number: 20140305477
    Abstract: An electroluminescent umbrella includes an umbrella shaft; a collapsible canopy frame carried by the umbrella shaft; an umbrella canopy carried by the umbrella shaft, at least a portion of the umbrella canopy being electroluminescent; and an electrical power source electrically connected to the at least a portion of the umbrella canopy. The electroluminescent panels can cover a portion or a majority of the canopy. The electroluminescent panels can present a logo, an image, or an animated image. Examples of animated images include a series of dynamic volume indicator bars, which can illuminate in synchronization with music or other audible inputs, a clock that can present actual time, an animated logo, and others. The electroluminescent panels can be operated by a manual switch or by using an integrated switch, wherein the process or opening the umbrella activates the electroluminescent panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Oren Zemach
  • Patent number: 8667975
    Abstract: An improved umbrella configured to reduce the likelihood that water on top of the umbrella will drain onto the area around the user when the umbrella is closed. The improved umbrella has a handle supporting a canopy section comprising of an upper canopy, a lower canopy and a collapsible frame attached to and disposed between the upper and lower canopies. An operating mechanism allows the user to move the umbrella between its open and closed positions. When being closed, the operating mechanism inverts the frame so the peripheral edge of the upper canopy is directed upward and the center area thereof is pulled down into an interior cavity at the top end of the handle so water will drain inward to the cavity instead of outward. The upper canopy is pulled into the cavity and the frame, with the lower canopy wrapped around it, is collapsed against the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Charlene F. Chessum
  • Patent number: 8651123
    Abstract: An umbrella for use in receiving a golf club is provided that includes a stem and a frame carried by the stem. A canopy is supported by the frame and has an interior surface and an oppositely disposed exterior surface. The canopy defines a canopy aperture that extends completely through the canopy. A club receiving member is configured for receipt of at least a portion of a golf club and is arranged in relation to the canopy aperture such that at least a portion of the golf club is capable of being disposed through the canopy aperture and received by the club receiving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jacob G Ferenz
  • Patent number: 8640720
    Abstract: In a large parasol with a textile fabric roof with adjustable canopy strut ends for the attachment of the canopy fabric, in order to avoid the attaching seams of the canopy fabric from being openly exposed to the UV radiation and to prevent the connection to the fabric roof from becoming displaced or twisted inadvertently either in the open state or in the closed and relaxed state of the parasol, welt bulges are attached to the parasol roof edge along the seams of the parasol roof parts, the extensions comprising welt grooves, the welt bulges engaging in the welt grooves of the extensions and the welt bulges being held at the outer end of the extensions by means of a screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Glatz AG
    Inventor: Claudio Roberto
  • Patent number: 8550099
    Abstract: Improvements in protection with a sunbrella-sunscreen made of a porous, nonporous, non-permeable fabrics such as mesh silver nylon and silver polyester used to protect one from sun rays and precipitating rain. The sunbrella-sunscreen canopy is removable and changeable. The covering can be changed from fabric, material, properties and color(s). The sunscreen can be worn with any head wear, cap, hat, or the user can use a special head wear which is specifically to be worn with the Sunscreen. The sunbrella can further be secured within an umbrella type frame that can be carried like an umbrella. When not used the mechanical apparatus sunbrella is collapsible and foldable to a smaller size to be stored in a small pouch. When not used the mesh sunscreen, the nonporous, non-permeable fabric is collapsible and foldable to a smaller size to be stored in a small pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: James Ollans Essex
  • 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
  • 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: 8336566
    Abstract: The “Umbrella Water Control” is a gutter with tubes, affixed to the circumference of the umbrella. It is snapped onto the circumference of the umbrella, which is supported by a retractable frame. The gutter channels the water flowing off the umbrella's surface through the tubes. The gutter is made of plastic and nylon (or material used to make the umbrella covering). All tubes are made of plastic and act like a straw to funnel the water. They are joined into one main tube that extends along the stick of the umbrella. At the end of the main tube is an added extension that is made to open like an antenna where the water continues. This allows the user to direct where the water flow is deposited. This prevents the excess dripping of water on by-standers as the umbrella user walk, sits or stands in an arena, stadium or crowded area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Glen Oliver Jarrett
  • Publication number: 20120240969
    Abstract: A foldaway umbrella (10, 110, 210, 310, 410, 510) moveable between an open configuration and a closed configuration, said umbrella comprising: k) a central spine (12, 112, 212, 312, 312, 412, 512); l) an upper crown (24, 124, 224, 324, 424, 524) moveable with respect to the central spine; m) a lower crown (38, 138, 238, 338, 438, 538) fixed with respect to the central spine; n) a collapsible canopy framework (16, 116, 216, 316, 416, 516) connected to the upper crown and the lower crown; and o) a main canopy (18, 118, 218, 318, 418, 518) covering the collapsible canopy framework said main canopy (18, 118, 218, 318, 418, 518) covering the collapsible canopy framework said main canopy having an inside face closest to the collapsible canopy framework and an outside face crown from a position remote of the lower crown to a position close to the lower crown results in the collapsible canopy framework, and thus the main canopy, to move from the open configuration to the closed configuration wherein the main canopy i
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventor: Jenan Kazim
  • Publication number: 20120207955
    Abstract: Disclosed are a polyester fiber having excellent antibacterial performance, deodorizing performance, and stain resistance together with sufficient durability; a method for producing the same; a cloth; a textile product; and a polyester formed article. The polyester fiber, cloth, or polyester formed article has a pH of less than 7.0 achieved by subjecting a polyester fiber, a cloth, or a polyester formed article containing a polyester copolymerized with an ester-forming metal sulfonate compound and/or an ester-forming phosphonium sulfonate compound to an acid treatment, or alternatively by applying a processing liquid having a pH of less than 7.0 to a polyester fiber, a cloth, or a polyester formed article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: TEIJIN FIBERS LIMITED
    Inventors: Nobuaki Ogata, Akio Ukuma, Ryou Yasumitu, Kazuhiro Morishima, Tomoko Fukushima
  • Publication number: 20120160285
    Abstract: A foldable umbrella capable of auto-adjustment of the umbrella cloth comprises: a plurality of foldable ribs; an umbrella pole for connecting one ends of the ribs; an umbrella cloth expanded along a space spanned by the ribs; at least one connection portion located on an inner side of the umbrella cloth and two adjacent ribs. Each connection portion includes two L-shaped retainers and one connecting unit; and each L-shaped retainer is made of flexible and bendable material. When the umbrella is folded, by the clamping effect of the two L-shaped retainers of one connection portion, the umbrella cloth will present a smooth folded shape so that the umbrella cloth is folded along the umbrella pole easily. Thus the umbrella cloth can be folded easily, rapidly, and directly with a beautiful outlook and a small size. It is difficult to be damaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventor: Han-Hsiang Chang
  • Patent number: 8104494
    Abstract: A portable sun and weather shelter is provided. The shelter comprises an umbrella foldable between open and closed positions. The umbrella has a center post, a canopy, and a frame to fold the canopy up and down. A pair of wings are attached to the perimeter edge of the canopy and can be extended outwardly beyond the canopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventor: James Christopher Elder
  • Publication number: 20120006367
    Abstract: A splash-proof umbrella structure comprises a rod passing through a slide sleeve sliding up and down along the rod. The slide sleeve is coupled to support sticks. A piece of umbrella cloth is arranged on the support sticks. The upper side of the rod has a first rod sleeve and a second rod sleeve. The first rod sleeve has first link rods coupled to the support sticks. The second rod sleeve has second link rods coupled to the first link rods. The bottom of the rod has a handle. When getting off a vehicle in rain, the user can open the umbrella in a confined space to prevent from being wetted by rainwater via sliding the slide sleeve upward to stretch the umbrella cloth bottom-up. When not in use, the umbrella cloth can be collapsed via sliding the slide sleeve toward the handle. Further, the handle can collect rainwater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventors: Tzu-cheng Chang, Chin-Sen Hsieh, Chih-Chi Chou
  • Patent number: 8079378
    Abstract: An improved combination umbrella and gazebo is provided which protects the user from adverse weather and insects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas S Derlinga
  • Patent number: 8051865
    Abstract: A canopy system for increasing the coverage of multiple umbrellas has been disclosed. The canopy system includes a canopy portion and at least one fastener for removeably attaching the canopy portion to a first and second umbrella. The fastener can attach to unmodified portions of an umbrella so that the canopy system may be used with existing umbrellas and umbrellas not especially manufactured to couple with a canopy. The canopy system may advantageously include a support structure for supporting the canopy portion in a desired shape. The length of the canopy system can be adjustable and the system can be easily collapsed for storage and portability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventor: Yvonne Uranga
  • Patent number: 8042561
    Abstract: A curtain suitable for attachment to the perimeter of an umbrella has a flexible sheet with an upper edge, a lower edge, a first side edge and a second side edge. The flexible sheet also has a front surface and a rear surface, each surface defining an area between about 8 square feet and about 120 square feet. Still further, the flexible sheet has one or more upper edge fastener portions disposed proximate to the upper edge for attaching the upper edge to a foreign surface, and has reversible retaining means for retaining the lower edge at a plurality of locations on the flexible sheet above the lower edge. The reversible retaining means are adapted such that, when the upper edge is attached to an umbrella, the vertical distance between the upper edge and the lowermost portion of the flexible sheet is adjustable by the user without the use of tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Inventors: Linda Moravec Varga, Alexander L. Varga
  • Patent number: 7992582
    Abstract: An umbrella having a central shaft, a spindle slidably disposed on the shaft, a first plurality of radially extending ribs hingedly attached to the shaft, a second plurality of radially extending ribs secured at first ends thereof to the spindle and secured at second ends thereof to respective ones of the first plurality of ribs and an umbrella canopy supported by the first plurality of ribs, the canopy secured to the first ends of the first plurality of ribs adjacent to the second end of the central shaft and secured to the second ends of the second plurality of ribs at an outer perimeter of the canopy, wherein the canopy includes one or more single-canopy umbrella panels, and one or more double-canopy umbrella panels and wherein the double-canopy umbrella panels includes an upper canopy and a lower canopy, and wherein only the lower canopy is secured directly to the ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Inventor: Glenn Kupferman
  • Patent number: 7918236
    Abstract: A portable sun and weather shelter is provided. The shelter comprises an umbrella foldable between open and closed positions. The umbrella has a center post, a canopy, and a frame to fold the canopy up and down. A pair of wings are attached to the perimeter edge of the canopy and can be extended outwardly beyond the canopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Inventor: James Christopher Elder
  • Patent number: 7913709
    Abstract: An umbrella (1) in which the canopy is supported, tensioned and retained on a frame without any external points. The ends of conventional ribs (6,7) are provided with force spreading components (8) which are located within pockets (9) at the periphery of the umbrella canopy (3). As the umbrella is erected, the force spreading components open to provide a surface which pushes outwardly against a bearing surface formed between a pocket and the canopy, which “spread” outwards. The spreading of the components (8) is initiated by the radially outward movement of slidable tubes (7) upon inner rods (6) attached at their inner ends to the shaft (2) of the umbrella. Inner rods (6) and outer tubes (7) together form the ribs or spokes of the umbrella which are supported and raised/lowered by primary struts (11) connected between the ribs and a primary shaft slider (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: GB Design Limited
    Inventor: Greig Reid Brebner
  • Patent number: 7909051
    Abstract: According to the present invention, there is provided a cover (11) for an outdoor clothes airer (10) having at least three radially-extending arms (2) supporting an array of clothes lines (7), the cover comprising a sheet (3) of waterproof material which is resistant to ultra-violet rays and dimensioned to extend radially beyond the ends of said radial arms above the clothes lines, arranged to drain outwards, and provided with a central supporting means (16) and a peripheral tensioning means (5) such as a drawstring or plurality thereof for securing the sheet to the airer and a circumferential skirt (6) of an air permeable netting material finished with a weighted hem (9). Access to the laundry contained within the invention is easily achieved by lifting a side or sides of the circumferential skirt and laying it or them on top of the cover sheet, after which the laundry may be laced within the skirt of removed therefrom and the skirt may be let down again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventors: Malcolm Gordon Victory, Guy Darell Unwin, Gail Lobb
  • Patent number: 7891368
    Abstract: A collapsible umbrella has an open position and a collapsed position. In a collapsed position, the umbrella of the present invention can be used as a towel, to clean, wipe, and or dry objects, hands, faces, and the like. In an open position, the umbrella function is enabled, so as to protect a person or objects from rain and/or sun. In one embodiment, the canopy of the umbrella is constructed from material having two surfaces performing different functions. In one embodiment, the umbrella of the present invention contains a mechanism adapted to collapse the umbrella in a manner that turns the canopy inside out when in the collapsed position, so as to hide the water-resistant surface of the canopy and expose the absorbent surface. The absorbent surface then becomes naturally accessible for use when the umbrella is in the collapsed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Inventors: Barae Tison, Thomas J. Tison
  • Patent number: 7882846
    Abstract: An umbrella comprises a vertical support member and a plurality of ribs operatively associated with the vertical support member and extending generally radially outward from a central location. The umbrella further includes a plurality of elongated, laterally flexible members, one of the flexible members being operatively associated with each of the plurality of ribs and extending outward therefrom. A canopy is supported by the plurality of ribs and has a periphery extending beyond the ribs. Receptacles are disposed on the inner surface of the canopy at points proximate the periphery of the canopy and in substantial alignment with a corresponding rib. The outer end of each flexible member engages a corresponding one of the receptacles. The canopy and the flexible members are configured such that the canopy exerts a tension on the flexible member that causes it to flex inward and downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Harbaugh
  • Publication number: 20100307548
    Abstract: Generally speaking, an umbrella having a frame formed by a plurality of rod members joined together by a plurality of hinges, is disclosed. The frame forms a periphery of a shape, such as a circle, square, hexagon, etc., and the frame is capable of movement between a folded configuration and an unfolded configuration. A canopy is attached to the frame, and may be detachable there from, and is also capable of movement with the frame between the folded configuration and the unfolded configuration. A stem having a first end attached to the frame along the periphery and extending there from allows the user to position the umbrella to achieve ideal coverage during use. The stem may include a handle formed at a second end opposite the first end, for improved gripping and control of the umbrella.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: BWBT, LLC
    Inventors: John Thomas Cain, Desmond P. Varady, Scott Miller Padiak, David John VandenBranden, Rick Emery Robinson, Grant Kristofek, Michael Scherer, Stephen Burks
  • Patent number: 7806131
    Abstract: A reversible deck umbrella apparatus having reversible fabric coverings and changeable trim pieces, is herein disclosed. The umbrella comprises a textile product covering of a reversible design thus allowing for multiple fashion statements while prolonging the useful lifetime of the umbrella. The invention is configured on both sides with a variety of pockets and attachment points for the umbrella frame and interchangeable trim areas with various versions such as a solid flap, a pendant design, a scalloped design, a tassel design, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventor: Emily M. Seiler
  • Patent number: 7802580
    Abstract: An umbrella includes a staff assembly, a plurality of upper ribs, a plurality of corresponding lower ribs and a canopy. The staff assembly includes an inner staff member and an outer staff member slidably mounted thereon. The upper ribs are pivotally connected to the inner staff member. The lower ribs are pivotally connected to the outer staff member and to the upper ribs. The canopy is mounted on the upper or lower ribs. Sliding the inner and outer staff members with respect to each other in a longitudinal direction thereof shifts the ribs and the canopy between a deployed position in which the ribs and canopy extend generally radially outwardly from the staff assembly so as to open the umbrella, and a retracted position in which the ribs and the canopy are collapsed inwardly toward, the staff assembly so as to close the umbrella.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Mr. Christmas, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Hermanson, George Raustiala
  • Patent number: 7793673
    Abstract: This invention relates to a device for accurate view of the entire sky from the horizon regardless of the location on earth of the user. The device is an umbrella type design that a person stands underneath and views the night sky through the device. The device includes an umbrella portion and a removably attachable drape portion. The umbrella portion provides the structure of the device and the drape provides the mapped out night sky thereon which may be removably detachable and adjustable for an accurate depiction of the sky.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Inventor: Salvatore Anello
  • Patent number: 7793674
    Abstract: A portable sun and weather shelter is provided. The shelter comprises an umbrella foldable between open and closed positions. The umbrella has a center post, a canopy, and a frame to fold the canopy up and down. A pair of wings are attached to the perimeter edge of the canopy and can be extended outwardly beyond the canopy so as to increase the coverage area of the shelter so as to protect two or more people from the sun and rain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Inventor: James Christopher Elder
  • Patent number: 7712476
    Abstract: A disposable umbrella includes a staff having an upper end and a lower end suitable for gripping by a user. A fixed collar is mounted on the upper end of the staff. A plurality of main struts are pivotably attached to the fixed collar and extend radially from the fixed collar. The main struts are movable from collapsed positions, wherein the main struts extend generally parallel to the staff, to open positions, wherein the main struts extend outwardly from the staff. A waterproof film is fixed to the main struts, such as by adhesive, and extends generally from the staff to the extended ends of the main struts. A slidable collar has a bore therethrough and is slidably mounted for movement along the staff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventor: Pamela Zonsius
  • Patent number: 7654274
    Abstract: An umbrella includes a shaft, a notch, a runner, a plurality of ribs, a plurality of stretchers, a plurality of tips and an umbrella cloth. The notch is fixed with the shaft, the runner slides on the shaft, the ribs are connected with the notch pivotally, the stretchers are pivotally connected between the runner and the ribs, the tips are fixed to the ribs, two ribs are inserted into each tip, and there is a clearance between the two ribs inserted into the same tip, umbrella cloth is fixed with ribs, ribs are covered with umbrella cloth, and umbrella cloth has a plurality of folded parts passing through the clearances respectively. Accordingly, the umbrella cloth of the invention is different from a conventional umbrella cloth which is made by sewing together many small panels of waterproof cloth with each other, so that the umbrella cloth has higher waterproof ability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventor: Feng-To Yu
  • Publication number: 20090235965
    Abstract: An umbrella having a central shaft, a spindle slidably disposed on the shaft, a first plurality of radially extending ribs hingedly attached to the shaft, a second plurality of radially extending ribs secured at first ends thereof to the spindle and secured at second ends thereof to respective ones of the first plurality of ribs and an umbrella canopy supported by the first plurality of ribs, the canopy secured to the first ends of the first plurality of ribs adjacent to the second end of the central shaft and secured to the second ends of the second plurality of ribs at an outer perimeter of the canopy, wherein the canopy includes one or more single-canopy umbrella panels, and one or more double-canopy umbrella panels and wherein the double-canopy umbrella panels includes an upper canopy and a lower canopy, and wherein only the lower canopy is secured directly to the ribs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventor: Glenn Kupferman
  • Patent number: 7581555
    Abstract: A personal rain protection device that enhances traditional umbrella qualities through the use of an unobtrusive slicker that can be deployed to protect a wearer's entire backside from getting wet. The slicker is securely stowed in a holding pocket located within the umbrella canopy. Upon deployment of the slicker, the slicker solidly covers the backside of a wearer. Light weights contained within the fabric of the slicker help stabilize the slicker and prevent it from flailing. In this manner, a wearer may tread through driving rain with added protection and also sit comfortably on a wet bench, bleacher or chair where a deployed slicker will protect his or her backside from the moisture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Inventor: Deborah D. McCullough
  • Patent number: 7581504
    Abstract: An umbrella cover if formed from a unitary piece of material, an octagonal piece of material having eight corners, which may be decorated, such as by printing, without image segmentation. The cover has eight generally triangular slits therein extending one from each corner of the octagon toward, but in spaced relation from, a center point, a point of each triangle at the inner end of the slit. An image is printed on the cover. The sides of each slit are sewn together to form a dart. The cover is tacked to an eight-rib frame, with each dart tacked adjacent a flexion point in a rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Brandbrella, LLC
    Inventors: Hay Man Tsui, Harry Campbell, Joel Greenstein
  • Publication number: 20090120478
    Abstract: A lightweight vertical attachment shield that forms a canopy like structure for protection from falling rain when the vertical attachment shield is attached underneath any conventional umbrella in an open arrangement. The vertical attachment shield is attached about the circumference of the conventional umbrella via spring-loaded plastic clips and elastic nooses. When attached to a conventional umbrella, the vertical attachment shield has a length that extends a few inches from the ground. The vertical attachment shield includes a clear view window, as well as vent and hand openings for added convenience and comfort for the user. Alternatively, the vertical shield attachment shield attaches to unique designed umbrella via snap buttons located around the upper rim of the vertical attachment shield and on the underside of the unique designed umbrella. A vertical umbrella stand is utilized to aid in assembling and disassembling the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventor: Godfrey B. Church
  • Patent number: 7513267
    Abstract: An umbrella has a shaft anchorable in or on the ground or in the air by an anchor and defining an axis and a canopy movable between an unfolded open position in which it is wavy and a folded position inclined to the axis, made of a preferably nonstretching membrane or fabric, formed of a whole number of polygonal sections with outer corners defining alternating high points and low points, traversed at a center by the shaft, centrally axially slidable along the shaft or centrally fixed on the shaft, and having an outer edge. An array of rods extending radially from and pivoted on the shaft extend in the open unfolded position from the shaft to the corners. These rods are wholly above the canopy and do not pass through the canopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Structurelab GmbH
    Inventors: Jürgen Gendriesch, Jürgen Schubert, Alexander Prang
  • Patent number: 7509965
    Abstract: A ventilated umbrella includes a foldable frame, upper canopy and lower canopy. An upper and lower stopping rings with certain interval there between are disposed under the upper notched ring of the main shaft while a notched ring for string is slidable between the two stopping rings and a compression spring is between the notched ring for string and the lower stopping ring. A plurality of radial vertical slots with larger inner slots and smaller outer slots are disposed evenly on the notched ring for string so that one end of a plurality of strings is set into the vertical slot and restrained by a ring while the other end is connected to upper circumference of the lower canopy. And the connection point is located under a horizontal line formed by joints between the main ribs and the stretchers. Thereby a plurality of strings is easy to attach on the notched ring for string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Inventor: Tsun-Zong Wu
  • Patent number: 7503336
    Abstract: The invention adds one or more vertically-deployable sun shades to an umbrella for selectively providing shade for one or more users of an umbrella. More specifically, the sun shade resembles a conventional shade or set of blinds for covering a window. The size, shape, materials, and arrangement of the sun shade can vary according to user preferences or the intended manner or place of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Inventor: Salvatore J. Labarbera
  • Patent number: 7493908
    Abstract: The invention provides an umbrella for attachment to a stroller that is large enough to protect the caregiver wheeling the stroller, carriage, or wheelchair from rain, wind and precipitation. The umbrella is wind proof, and attaches to the stroller by clamping its central shaft to the stroller. A counterweight is attached to the handle end of the central shaft. The umbrella has a double layered canopy that allows wind to pass through without inverting the umbrella, and may have a telescoping shaft to permit it to be stored compactly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Inventors: Philip R Carter, Jaime Nolan Carter
  • Publication number: 20080308139
    Abstract: A reflective overlay for shade umbrellas that is both functional and decorative. A substantially circular piece of fabric with a reflective outer surface has a central aperture for positioning on a host umbrella. Built into the periphery are a multiplicity of flaps with gaps between adjacent flaps and at least two attachment means connected to the outer periphery at said gaps for removably attaching the reflective overlay at the periphery of a host umbrella dome.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2007
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventor: Jerry M. Keesling
  • Publication number: 20080271767
    Abstract: An umbrella has an integral stem portion and a water repellant canopy portion. The stem portion has an integral handle, a central shaft, a spring for closing the umbrella and extensions supporting the canopy. The handle is thermally insulating, wound with wrapped flexible heating tape or strip, and connected through an on-off switch to a plurality of batteries present in a hollow cavity of the central shaft. Optionally, a thermally insulating foam tape is inserted between the heating element and the thermally insulating handle. An infrared reflector may be placed below the heating element to direct heat to the user's hand. The heating element raises the temperature of the umbrella handle, radiating heat to the hand of the user, thereby providing a comfortable grip during deployment of the umbrella in wintry weather.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Publication date: November 6, 2008
    Inventor: Robyn J. Farrington
  • Patent number: 7434591
    Abstract: A lightweight vertical attachment shield that forms a canopy like structure for protection from falling rain when the vertical attachment shield is attached underneath any conventional umbrella in an open arrangement. The vertical attachment shield is attached about the circumference of the conventional umbrella via spring-loaded plastic clips and elastic nooses. When attached to a conventional umbrella, the vertical attachment shield has a length that extends a few inches from the ground. The vertical attachment shield includes a clear view window, as well as vent and hand openings for added convenience and comfort for the user. Alternatively, the vertical shield attachment shield attaches to unique designed umbrella via snap buttons located around the upper rim of the vertical attachment shield and on the underside of the unique designed umbrella. A vertical umbrella stand is utilized to aid in assembling and disassembling the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Inventor: Godfrey B. Church
  • Patent number: 7431041
    Abstract: An improved hunting umbrella is disclosed. The improved hunting umbrella of the present invention includes a main body. The main body includes a plurality of ribs, an upper retaining element, a lower retaining element, a piece of fabric and a central pole. A zipper is disposed on the piece of fabric. When the zipper is unzipped, a gap is formed on the piece of fabric. A bendable portion is provided on the central pole so that the central pole may be bent by a certain angle. The improved hunting umbrella of the present invention may be used as an ordinary umbrella as well as a hunting umbrella.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Inventor: Hsien-Sao Wu
  • Publication number: 20080235979
    Abstract: The preferred embodiment of Hi-N-Dri is a cover that conforms to the shape of traditional roto dryers and has fastening mechanisms and a central tube for attachment to the supporting structure and central pole of a roto dryer. To use Hi-N-Dri, an individual would place the cover over the outdoor dryer, lining up the central pole of the outdoor dryer with the adjustable tube in the center of the cover. The user then adjusts the center tube to fit the selected outdoor clothes dryer. Then, the user winds the velcro hook and loop strap around the supporting structure of the outdoor dryer in each corner to more firmly attach the cover to the outdoor dryer. Clothes can then be hung on the clotheslines of the outdoor dryer in the traditional manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventor: Michael D. Meecham
  • Publication number: 20080190470
    Abstract: A golfing accessory, comprising an elongate, rigid shank; a handle disposed on a first end portion of the shank; and an umbrella unit movably supported on a second end portion of the shank. The umbrella unit includes a canopy support frame having a plurality of ribs movable between an umbrella closed position and an umbrella open position. The flexible canopy is formed by a plurality of panels each mounted between adjacent ones of the ribs. The canopy includes a pattern formed thereon by a plurality of concentric image arrays, each image array including a plurality of similar images equiangularly distributed about the shank so that, when the canopy support frame is in the umbrella open position the canopy is in a taut state and the pattern creates an illusion of a dimpled exterior of a golf ball.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventors: Nik L. Johnston, John P. Bardeen, Michael R. Henson
  • Patent number: 7401618
    Abstract: An umbrella assembly providing a dihedral shelter atop a pole which can be deployed to different dihedral angles and retracted to a compact configuration. It further includes a vent port in a cavity which is overhung by a positively positioned vent port cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Inventor: John W. Caldwell