Hanging Or Draped Type Patents (Class 160/123)
  • Patent number: 10774584
    Abstract: A covering for an architectural-structure covering is disclosed. The covering is formed from a plurality of assembled strips of fabric material joined together. Each assembled strip of fabric material may include a fabric material including inner and outer surfaces, and top and bottom ends. A first slat may be coupled to the inner surface of the fabric material adjacent the top end thereof, the first slat having a first contact surface. A second slat may be coupled to the outer surface of the fabric material adjacent the bottom end thereof, the second slat having a second contact surface. The first contact surface of the first slat of a first assembled strip is preferably nested with the second contact surface of the second slat of an adjoining second assembled strip. The second contact surface of the second slat may be partially covered by the piece of fabric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: HUNTER DOUGLAS INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Siebenaller, Kevin Dann
  • Patent number: 10731410
    Abstract: A modular shade includes at least one module that consists of a head rail unit, a foot rail unit, at least one intermediate rail unit, and a plurality of slat components. A top slat may be coupled to the head rail unit and the intermediate rail unit, and a bottom slat component may be coupled to the intermediate rail unit and the foot rail unit. Further, additional intermediate rail units and intermediate slat components may be added to the module to alter the shape and size of the module, and the module may be coupled to one or more additional modules to change the overall shape and size of the modular shade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Wondershades LLC
    Inventor: Jason B. Teuscher
  • Patent number: 10548403
    Abstract: A home interior decorating kit with multiple interchangeable decorative elements for temporary attachment to multiple home interior items such as table runners, chair back covers, decorative pillows, towels, curtains, and tissue boxes. Each of the home interior items includes a connection area for receiving one or more decorative elements. These elements are entirely interchangeable, providing a highly customizable home interior decoration kit. The decorative elements can be attached to the home interior items using hook-and-loop fasteners, buttons, snaps, zippers, or any suitable connection type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Patsy A. Willins
  • Patent number: 10113286
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a flood vent includes a frame forming a fluid passageway through an opening in a structure. The flood vent further includes a door pivotally mounted to the frame in the fluid passageway for allowing a fluid to flow through the fluid passageway. The door has two opposing faces that include a first face and a second face. The flood vent further includes a first float positioned within the door in a location in-between the first face and a second float. Additionally, the first float is configured to allow the door to pivot in a first direction. The flood vent further includes the second float positioned within the door in a location in-between the second face and the first float. Furthermore, the second float is configured to allow the door to pivot in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: SMART VENT PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Winfield Scott Anderson, Jr., Tom Little, James Rycek, Michael J. Graham
  • Patent number: 9144340
    Abstract: A privacy curtain assembly includes a main curtain portion. The main curtain portion includes a first side, a second side, and oppositely disposed leading edges located between the first and second sides. The privacy curtain assembly also includes at least one cleanable, wipable panel that is permanently affixed to one of the leading edges of the main curtain portion. The at least one panel is configured to be cleaned while permanently affixed to the main curtain portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: THE FEINSTEIN INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH
    Inventor: Lorenz W. Mayer
  • Patent number: 9016349
    Abstract: A drapery system for forming a window drapery of user-selected length. The system includes first and second drapery sections and at least one fastener for selectively and overlappingly attaching the drapery sections without stitching or sewing. A method of forming a drapery of user-selectable length is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Richard T. Seitz
  • Publication number: 20150068688
    Abstract: Hanging products having an opening for suspending the item from a rod without removing the rod from its mounted supports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: David Zahner
  • Patent number: 8973184
    Abstract: A bedding skirt is configured to be rapidly inserted upon a mattress frame. The bedding skirt includes a front panel sufficiently long to hang from the mattress frame to ground. A back panel is attached to the front panel and sufficiently long to hang from the mattress frame to the ground. A plurality of magnets are attached to the back panel and configured to connect the bedding skirt to the mattress frame. The bedding skirt can be rapidly connected to the mattress frame for use and rapidly removed from the mattress frame for cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Danielle Elizabeth Edgren
  • Publication number: 20150047793
    Abstract: A vertical blind assembly module includes a head rail unit with opposite sides and a unit axis extending between the sides, a housing and an axle pivotally connecting the housing to the head rail unit so that the housing can pivot about a pivot axis that is perpendicular to the unit axis. A slat is coiled in the housing so enabling the slat to be extended from the housing a selected distance and retracted into the housing. A foot rail unit is pivotally connected to the projecting end of the slat, the pivotal connection being collinear to the pivot axis. By turning the axle relative to the head rail unit about the pivot axis when the slat is extended, the slat can be turned between a closed position wherein the slat is parallel to the unit axis and an open position wherein the slat is perpendicular to the unit axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Jason T. Birkestrand
  • Patent number: 8695250
    Abstract: A shared space divider provides privacy on surfaces. The shared space divider comprises a hub that is placed on a portion of a surface, and at least one partitioning structure coupled to a portion of the hub. The at least one partitioning structure comprises a separator configured to partition the surface into two or more sections. The separator has a ribbon structure, an accordion structure, or a fan structure. The at least one partitioning structure is configured to extend from and retract into or, alternatively, fold out from and fold into the hub. In some embodiments, the shared space divider comprises at least one container for holding items commonly found on the surface. In other embodiments, the shared space divider comprises a clip for attaching to documents. Yet, in other embodiments, images such as advertisements are displayed on at least one of the separator and the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Christi O'Connor
  • Patent number: 8646509
    Abstract: A blind with a looped blind sheet for adjusting opacity is revealed. The blind includes a top rod supporter, a top rod with two ends connected to the top rod supporter, a bottom rod supporter, a bottom rod with two ends connected to the bottom rod supporter, and looped blind sheet. The looped blind sheet with predetermined length and width includes alternate see-through parts and opaque parts and connected to form a loop having a front blind sheet and a rear blind sheet wound between the top rod and the bottom rod. When the front blind sheet or the rear blind sheet is pulled down or up, the opacity is adjusted by overlap degree of the see-through parts and the opaque parts of the front and the rear blind sheets changing without changing the length of the looped blind sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Chen-Ho Chu
  • Patent number: 8511938
    Abstract: A flood flaps vent for sealing a building crawlspace includes: (a) a vent box portion including open opposite front and rear ends on either end of a vent passageway, the vent box including a top box portion with at least one flap slot adjacent a rear end portion of the vent box, and an opposite bottom box portion; (b) at least one flexible flood flap extending across the open rear end portion, with its upper edge seated in the flap slot, other side flap edges of the flood flap being unattached; and (c) a grate portion over the open front end portion of the vent box; the flood flap occluding the rear end portion of the vent box when it is in an at rest, home position. This simplified abstract is not intended to limit, and should not be interpreted as limiting, the scope of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventors: Christopher Kimpton Payne, Jothem Nevers Jayne, George Kimpton Payne, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8469207
    Abstract: A drapery rod assembly adapted to be secured to a substantially planar surface comprising a right bracket and a left bracket. The right bracket includes a substantially gamma shaped wall portion having a slot, a mounting plate that is operatively arranged to be mounted to the surface. The mounting plate is operatively arranged to complementarily engage the slot and hold the wall portion. A substantially J-shaped extension portion that extends outward from the wall portion and terminates in a rod attachment end arranged perpendicularly with respect to the mounting plate and in parallel spaced apart relation to the surface. The left bracket is an enantiomer of the right bracket. A first and second rod, each rod includes a proximate and distal end. The distal end of the first rod is releasably engaged with the left bracket, and the distal end of the second rod is releasably engaged with the right bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Umbra LLC
    Inventors: Paul Rowan, Mauricio Affonso
  • Publication number: 20130087293
    Abstract: A mechanism for operating a dual shade covering a window with a single handle. The mechanism provides a first glide attached by a pulley system to the first shade of the dual shade, and a second glide attached by a pulley system to the second shade of the dual shade. The first glide and the second glide are slibably disposed within a track assembly, and a master glide is disposed in the track assembly between the first glide and the second glide. The master glide engages the first glide to lower the first shade, and is detached from the first glide along the track assembly by a disengaging plate. The master glide engages the second glide to lower the second shade, and is detached from the second glide along the track assembly by a disengaging plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: Lou Martin & Assoc Inc.
    Inventors: Lauren H. Fillmore, Richard Hernandez
  • Publication number: 20120291962
    Abstract: A blind for a building opening, and having a head rail, attachable adjacent to the building opening; a first blind panel stored in the head rail, and adapted to be lowered as a loop defing two loop parts, over the building opening; a second blind panel stored in the head rail and adapted to be lowered over the building opening, and wherein the first panel is formed of light permeable material, whereby to admit at least some light into the interior of the building, and the second panel is formed of light impermeable material; transverse blind strips on the first panel, at spaced intervals there across; and, blind panel control mechanism in the head rail whereby the first blind panel loops can be adjusted so as to adjust the transverse blind strips between open and closed positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventor: Mario M. Marocco
  • Publication number: 20120291963
    Abstract: A blind for a building opening, and having a head rail attachable adjacent to the building opening; a blind panel stored in the head rail, and adapted to be lowered, over the building opening; and, blind panel control mechanism in the head rail and control guides leading the the control so as to hang free of the blind panel, and permitting the blind panel to fill the building opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventor: Mario M. Marocco
  • Publication number: 20120234504
    Abstract: An architectural window covering having a programmable electric motor is disclosed. The architectural window covering includes a head rail comprising at least one cavity, a shade coupled to the head rail, a bottom rail coupled to the shade, and at least two tandem stacked motors coupled to the shade via a drive rail such that the at least two motors fit within the at least one cavity of the head rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Skinner, Richard Langille, Philip Chermak
  • Publication number: 20120018103
    Abstract: Example room dividers are described herein. The example room dividers include a flexible curtain with features pertaining to security, impactability, insulation, sound absorption, configurability, and/or flame resistance. In some examples, the curtain comprises an inorganic carbon fiber pad sandwiched between two sheets of fiberglass fabric coated with silicone rubber. A tongue-and-groove joint, in some examples, enables the interconnection of a series of curtains to create room dividers of various lengths. In some examples, the curtain comprises a full-width wire mesh sandwiched between two sheets of vinyl coated polyester fabric, wherein a touch-and-hold fastener at the outer perimeter of the curtain and overlapping the wire mesh holds the two sheets together and holds the wire mesh in place. In some examples, the flexibility of the curtain allows the curtain to respond to impacts and/or air pressure differentials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventors: Charles J. Ashelin, David J. Hoffmann, Matt Fleckenstein, Gregory J. Thill
  • Publication number: 20110284172
    Abstract: A drapery system for forming a window drapery of user-selected length. The system includes first and second drapery sections and at least one fastener for selectively and overlappingly attaching the drapery sections without stitching or sewing. A method of forming a drapery of user-selectable length is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventor: Richard T. Seitz
  • Publication number: 20110259529
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a device for blocking direct light from a light source, wherein the device comprises two arrays of elongated slats and a means to coordinately move the two arrays relative to each other within a range of configuration, wherein in at least one configuration the two arrays block direct light from a light source to more than one location incident to the light source while not blocking other views through the two arrays from the more than one location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventor: Robert D. Clear
  • Publication number: 20110198042
    Abstract: The aim of the present invention is accomplished by providing a light-blocking apparatus comprising a curtain and a curtain frame in which the curtain is installed, wherein said curtain frame is formed into a square by sequentially coupling first to fourth frames, and each of the first to fourth frames has curtain grooves for installing first to fourth curtains, wherein said first to fourth curtains are open/shut in different directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventor: Sang Beom Lee
  • Publication number: 20110108208
    Abstract: A motorized mechanism for actuating motion within a housing of a window shade arrangement having first and second window shades for controlling the amount of light admitted through a window. The motorized mechanism comprises a first rail assembly movable in the housing and connected to a first end of the first window shade and a first end of the second window shade, a second rail assembly movable in the housing and connected to a second end of the second window shade, a second end of the first window shade being fixed to the housing, said first and second window shades being adapted to be extended and compressed relative to the window in accordance with motion within the housing of at least one of said first and second rail assemblies. A first cable is looped between a motor-driven first pulley and a second pulley along a first path. A second cable is looped between a motor-driven third pulley and a fourth pulley along a second path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: Aerospace Technologies Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Byron R. Knowles, John Y. Kamin
  • Publication number: 20110067821
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a triple curtain sheet for a window shielding apparatus, and wherein when a plurality of blind covers(12) are accumulated on a basic mesh sheet(10), each of upper connecting portions(16) of the plural blind covers(12) opened to a lower side is connected to the basic mesh sheet(10) in crossed-weaving type with textile yarns of the mesh sheet, and a plurality of mutually separated opening/closing-type longitudinal yarns(14) are configured on each lower ream(18) of the blind covers(12) in order to be woven on and combined with textile yarns of the blind covers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventors: Tae-Woong Byeon, Ok-Ja Kim
  • Patent number: 7909082
    Abstract: A zippered together shower curtain and valance in which the valance remaining on the shower support rod after the curtain is unzipped for laundering masks the upper zipper track from view and has other attendant benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventor: Douglas Peoples
  • Publication number: 20110024059
    Abstract: An easy to use, universal, simple, lightweight, compact, portable system of concealment and methods for its construction and use. The concealment system comprises a support and a curtain. The support attaches to a structure and pivots on the attachment. Various embodiments include multiple supports and multiple curtains. A method of hiding in front of a similar pattern. An alternate support may be used to form both tree blinds and ground blinds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventor: John Livacich
  • Patent number: 7832452
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for removing exceeding portions of laths use to separate pieces of lumber in a bundle. The apparatus comprises an external cage and an internal cage having a skeleton framework mounted to the external cage and displaceable between a retracted position and an extended position in which the internal cage projects forwardly from a front open face of the external cage. A chain-like member carrying a plurality of paddles is provided at a front face of the skeleton framework and is driven by a motor for causing the paddles to strike and break the exceeding portions of the laths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: 9098-9617 Quebec Inc.
    Inventor: Jean DeschĂȘnes
  • Patent number: 7686062
    Abstract: A curtain mounting system for creating a dust barrier that includes a curtain and a mounting system. The mounting system is made up of multiple support assemblies with each assembly having a holding member for attaching and supporting the curtain to a support structure such as wall or ceiling. The support assembly also has an elastic member coupled to the holding member and is also attached to the curtain. The elastic member is configured to suspend additional portions of the curtain creating an overlapping fold in the curtain. The curtain will lengthen when it is tugged on due to the curtain fold and will return back to its original length once the tugging has subsided due to the nature and placement of the elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Inventor: Donald Lee Darnell
  • Publication number: 20090266496
    Abstract: A covering for an architectural opening with improved insulating properties in one embodiment includes face-to-face cellular insulative components defining a fabric with dual layers of cells with the fabric being retractably mounted in a headrail so as to either be rolled about a roller or gathered adjacent to the bottom of the headrail. A first component of the fabric includes a pair of spaced parallel sheets of material interconnected with horizontally-extending flexible vanes so as to define a plurality of horizontally-extending, vertically adjacent cells of generally rectangular cross-sectional configuration. A second component of the fabric is mounted on one sheet of the first component of the fabric so as to form a plurality of vertically adjacent drooping segments of fabric forming a roman-shade appearance. Single or multiple layers of the components can be used with or without the other type of component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Applicant: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin M. Dann, Michael J. Siebenaller, Gary A. Marino
  • Publication number: 20080283202
    Abstract: A curtain assembly includes a mesh upper panel with a plurality of ceiling-track attachment adapters and a plurality of lower-panel attachment adapters as well as a lower panel that includes a plurality of upper-panel attachment adapters, wherein the lower panel is removably attachable to the upper panel by mating the lower-panel attachment adapters to the upper-panel attachment adapters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventors: Arthur Fred Serio, III, Stephanie Stephens Serio
  • Patent number: 7435378
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and apparatus for treating goods, such as, for example, fumigating and re-cooling perishable goods, such as fruit, using a tarp and floor seal. The apparatus encloses goods on a surface and includes a canopy that is substantially impermeable to flowable materials, such as gas, liquid, or a combination thereof; an upper perimeter for supporting an upper portion of the canopy; a lower perimeter for supporting a lower portion of the canopy, the lower perimeter to be placed in proximity to the surface; a support structure for supporting the upper perimeter and lower perimeters; and a gasket in communication with the lower perimeter, wherein the gasket is deformable to substantially seal the chamber by compressing the gasket against the surface. The apparatus may also include an intermediate support structure for providing support to the canopy and a conduit in communication with the chamber to supply cool air to the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Royal Fumigation Inc.
    Inventors: Roy Richardson, John Achzet, Robert Dickinson, James Rushing
  • Publication number: 20080017328
    Abstract: Composite curtains embodying a plurality of rows of pleats located on upper portions of curtain units of curtains include that corresponding fastening members stitched to a front side and reverse side of two side edges of each of the curtain units. A draw pleat tape is located on a reverse side of an upper cover valance of an upper portion of the curtains, and a variable lower hem is located on a lower side of each of the curtain units. Two curtain units or more than two curtain units can be joined together to form curtains of an appropriate width by means of the fastening members. Furthermore, the draw pleat tape can be used to adjust width of the upper cover valance, and the variable lower hem can be used to adjust length of the curtain units, thereby enabling the curtains to match actual width of a variety of windows.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Publication date: January 24, 2008
    Inventor: Yih-Ren Huang
  • Publication number: 20070284058
    Abstract: A zippered together shower curtain and valance in which the valance remaining on the shower support rod after the curtain is unzipped for laundering masks the upper zipper track from view and has other attendant benefits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Publication date: December 13, 2007
    Inventor: Douglas Peoples
  • Patent number: 7293596
    Abstract: A window blind structure with multiple rods and blinds includes a plurality of support brackets, hook elements, head rails, and blind bodies wherein each support bracket is equipped with a fixing end with multiple fixing thru-holes disposed thereon for the secure engagement of locking screws therewith, and a suspending arm properly extending forwards from the fixing end thereof and provided with a plurality of equally-spaced retaining members each surrounded by a retaining space for the location of a matched hanging rod thereon. Both sides of the retaining member is defined by a set of left/right movement spaces to match with the hook element having a hanging portion to hook onto the hanging rod thereby and an inserting block with indented recesses disposed at the bottom end thereof to engage with an inserting groove disposed at the upper section of the head rail thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Inventor: Leslie Nien
  • Patent number: 7198088
    Abstract: An improved mounting bracket for use in attaching curtain rods in conjunction with an upper beam of a standard blind bracket mounting device of a blind assembly. The mounting bracket is slidably mounted on the upper beam of the blind assembly and prevents the blind assembly from falling out of the blind bracket mounting device. The mounting brackets include first and second bracket housings having joint first and second seam sections for forming first and second holding wall clip members, respectively. The first holding wall member includes a pair of spaced-apart outer first and inner second holding prong members being integrally connected to an exterior first wall surface. The third holding wall member includes a pair of spaced-apart outer third and inner fourth holding prong members being integrally connected to an exterior third wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Inventors: Tim McMenamin, Joanne Downey
  • Patent number: 7192633
    Abstract: A covering for an architectural opening, having a first layer with alternating relatively opaque stripes and relatively translucent stripes, and a second layer with alternating relatively opaque stripes and relatively translucent stripes. The first and second layers are positioned one behind the other, with the stripes substantially parallel. The first and second layers are movable relative to one another in a direction substantially perpendicular to the stripes. The covering also includes a series of parallel binder threads for attaching the first layer to the second layer. The binder threads run substantially perpendicular to the stripes, and thereby, one of the layers can be slid along the binder threads when moved relative to the other. The blind is preferred to be woven as a double-layer fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Industries BV
    Inventor: Anton Petrus Theodorus Hubertus Fransen
  • Patent number: 7134470
    Abstract: A window cover support device and method of use thereon, wherein the device is non-rotating and comprises a bracket having support members in the form of pairs of upward-facing hooks over which a valance rod or curtain rod may be placed, a box structure for confinement of one end of a miniblind support rod, and also a round or rectangular slotted opening for installation of one end of a shade support rod therein. The bracket is utilized in pairs with a tension rod between same to provide support to the selected window cover or combination of window covers. In furtherance of adhesion to the wall, the present invention incorporates a novel plug-flap device of rubber, or other similar material, suitable for insertion into the end of the tension rod, the plug-flap device providing a large surface area of rubber or similar material under the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Inventor: Patrick McCance
  • Patent number: 7117922
    Abstract: A DIY window curtain able to be combined by a user includes a plurality of hang rods and a pulley base. The hang rods are respectively inserted through the hang hole of a curtain, which is formed with pleated edges according to the length of each hang rod. The pulley base is provided with two symmetrical combining members to be symmetrically combined and fitted around the hang rod. The pulley base is fixed with a pulley rod having its pulley fitted in the rail groove of a sliding rail, enabling the window curtain to be assembled, shrunk or expanded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Inventor: Hsu Tony
  • Patent number: 6955463
    Abstract: There is provided a display device which comprises a display housing. The display housing has an internal compartment defined by a plurality of connected panels. At least one of the panels is a heat-conducting panel which simulates a glass window. Moreover, a heat source is disposed within the inside compartment for generating heat therein. In addition, a plurality of window coverings each having a specific heat insulation property corresponding thereto are further provided. Each respective one of the plurality of window coverings are removably mountable to the display housing to insulate the heat conducting through the heat-conducting panel from within the internal compartment. By doing so, a consumer is able to determine the heat insulation property of each respective on of the plurality of window coverings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: 3 Day Blinds, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. McCarty, Kelly Ann Reed, Michael W. Edwards
  • Patent number: 6722414
    Abstract: A blind with its fabric drapery structure has an upper beam, two rotation units, two spring mounts, two springs, two sealing caps, two connectors, a fabric drapery mounting rod, a fabric drapery hanging track, and two double-sided adhesive pieces. Both ends of the upper beam are engaged with connecting sections of the rotation units, and the spring mounts with the springs are joined to engagement sections of the rotation units. The sealing caps are inserted at one end of said spring mounts. The rotation units engaged with the upper beam are slid in an angle onto the connectors fixed to the frame walls adjacent to a window via the double-sided adhesive pieces, and adjusted in a straight line by pushing inwards to be located thereto. The upper beam serves to display a blind, and the fabric drapery mounting rod and/or the hanging track are connected to the connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Inventor: Jerry Nien
  • Patent number: 6394168
    Abstract: A shower curtain assembly for easy mounting or dismounting relative to a shower rod includes a first shower curtain portion having short vertical side edges with top and bottom edges extending therebetween and defining apertures for hanging the first portion from a shower rod with hooks. A second shower curtain portion includes long vertical side edges with top and bottom edges extending therebetween. Fastener strips having rib and groove elements depend from bottom and top edges of the first and second portions, respectively. Each fastener defines a guide track. The assembly includes a slider formed to straddle the fastener strips and having guide members that cooperate with the guide tracks. A separator finger is disposed in the slider and is shaped so as to urge the rib and groove elements apart or together depending on which longitudinal direction the slider is moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Inventor: Jayne A. Zoboski
  • Patent number: 6131639
    Abstract: A screen assembly includes first and second substantially rectangular panels each mounted in ajuxtaposed fashion over a doorway. The inner edges of each panel include an elongated chain along the entire length thereof. The lower edge of each panel includes a plurality of weights to prevent the panels from flapping and to maintain the panels in a vertical position within the doorway. The design allows a user to pass between the inner edges after which the screen panels will automatically return to their original positions. Accordingly, users may repeatedly pass through the screen assembly without having to open a screen door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Inventors: Linda R. McMillen, Charles L. McMillen
  • Patent number: 5901769
    Abstract: An inflatable partition incorporating a three-dimensional inflatable component. The three-dimensional inflatable component may be attached to a sheet which has attachment apertures along its top edge for receiving a plurality of fasteners. Thus, the combination of inflatable component and sheet may be suspended from a support rod. Alternatively, the three-dimensional component may have a sealed border or other structure configured to enable the fasteners to attach directly to the inflatable component. Thus, the inflatable component, alone, may be suspended from a support rod. A plurality of retention devices for holding useful articles may be incorporated on at least one surface of the partition. The partition may incorporate attractive three-dimensional figures. The partition demonstrates increased stiffness when used as a shower curtain. The partition demonstrates an increased sound-deadening/weight ratio, increasing its usefulness as a shower curtain or room partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Inventor: Brent L. Farley
  • Patent number: 5788317
    Abstract: A golf cart enclosure (2) for all weather and use conditions having a plurality of pairs of inner panels (34) and outer panels (33), which may be a combination of either mesh and plastic vinyl or plastic vinyl and plastic vinyl panels, some of the plastic panels being transparent. The panels are attached to and suspended from an enclosure top panel (3) over a roof (32) of a golf cart (1). The pairs of panels may cover both sides of the golf cart as well as the front and back of the golf cart as desired and necessary. Depending on weather and use conditions, either or both pairs of panels may be secured in a rolled-up position around a perimeter of the golf cart roof by means of panel-holding straps (35, 37 and 40) wrapped around the rolled-up panels and attached to the panel-holding straps between each pair of panels using snaps or other fasteners. A roll cover (9) to protect the rolled-up panels from sun and other elements may be provided by an extension of the top panel or a separate valance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: Anwill, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger Nation
  • Patent number: 5769144
    Abstract: An eyelet reinforcement for application to an eyelet of a thin polymer sheet, for the repairing and strengthening of that sheet and eyelet, comprising a first disc of plastic having a first generally hemispherically shaped side and a second planar side, a centrally disposed bore extending through the first disc, from its first side to its second side, and a hollow standoff extending off of the second side of the first disc, in coaxial alignment with the bore in the first disc. A second disc of plastic is arrangable matingly opposed to the first disc, having a first generally hemispherically shaped side and a second planar side, a centrally disposed bore extending through the second disc from its first side to its second side, and an annular surface surrounds each of the bores on the planar sides of the first and second discs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Inventor: Damon A. Carter
  • Patent number: 5240058
    Abstract: The invention provides a system to divide a ceiling of a building into smoke containment cells utilizing suspended and interconnected curtains. Resilient jawed clips are utilized to simply and firmly attach the curtains, mounted on rigid supporting bars, to roof deck supporting joists or girders. Methods are employed within the system to seal around intersecting ducts or pipes, to abutting curtains and to the underside of the roofing deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1993
    Assignee: Construction Consultants & Contractors, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas T. Ward
  • Patent number: 5217057
    Abstract: A suspended curtain system adaptable to non-uniform height ceilings having modular curtain panels suspended from a plurality of hangers, each hanger selected from an assortment of prefabricated lengths and is attached to roller mounted carriers supported in a track mounted to the ceiling to allow easy positioning of the suspended curtains by applying a horizontal force to the panels, the carriers are connected together by carrier links to reduce jamming of the carriers as they are moved around the track, the length of each hanger selected being sized to suspend the panels from the ceiling at a constant distance above the floor regardless of ceiling height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1993
    Assignee: Unicube USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Marvin R. Hubbard, Wallace I. Resh
  • Patent number: 5078089
    Abstract: A spray coating booth for enclosing individual articles to be coated with a liquid spray while the articles are supported in closely spaced relation on an article conveyor for movement through the booth includes a rigid frame with fixed sidewalls and movable top and end walls which may be moved between a closed position completely enclosing an article supported on the conveyor and an open position to permit articles to be moved into and out of the booth. The movable top assures against coating liquid dripping onto and contaminating articles moving on the conveyor which are not to be coated. The end walls are supported for movement in substantially a transverse vertical plane to permit close spacing of articles on the conveyor without contact of the articles by the end walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Assignee: National Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Raymond Dugan, Daniel D. Evans, Robert Griffith, Ronald G. Mumaw
  • Patent number: 5054534
    Abstract: A window shade with dual blinds comprises a headrail, a bottom rail, dual blinds arranged in parallel between the head rail and the bottom rail to form an interspace, draw lock for positioning the bottom rail, and a draw cord for lifting and lowering the bottom rail. Each of dual blinds has a plurality of string holes arranged therein at noncorresponding positions so as to obstruct one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Inventor: Amy Hong
  • Patent number: 5033132
    Abstract: A roll-up shower curtain for a bathtub and shower enclosure is provided and consists of an elongated casing, which carries a roller shaft, secured between the end walls of the shower enclosure by adjustable retainer members on the sides of the casing. A shower curtain can be readily raised and lowered on the roller shaft by manually operating the roller shaft. When the shower curtain is completely lowered it can slide within a recessed track in the roller shaft to be pushed to one side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1991
    Inventor: Herbert Greenblatt
  • Patent number: RE33781
    Abstract: A thermally protective drapery construction comprises retaining rod means and inner and outer panels of drapery material arranged in suspended, separated relationship on the retaining rod means. The separated drapery panels are supported in a manner such that a thermally resistant critical air spacing is provided and extends between the panels and at a substantially uniform value. In the case of folds of respective inner and outer panels which are moved toward and away from one another along the retaining rod means, uniformity of the spacing is maintained during such movement.The critical air spacing consists of a thermally resistant air space provided by locating the panels apart from one another a distance lying in a range of from 0.25 inches up to approximately 0.5 inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Inventor: Frank E. Bateman