Inoperative In Housed Position Patents (Class 211/1.3)
  • Patent number: 11282415
    Abstract: A retractable stanchion barrier system with a flexible RGB display matrix utilizes one or more stanchion units, each stanchion unit comprising a stanchion head, a weighted base, a stanchion post, and a flexible LED stanchion ribbon display which extends from each stanchion head. A computer system governs the operation of the flexible RGB display. The flexible LED stanchion ribbon display may extend from one stanchion head and connect to another stanchion head. The stanchion heads may mount to walls, doors or stanchion posts. Such a system may be configured to be ultra-portable or implemented as a fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventors: Benjamin Kay, Zachariah Gambino, Hermelindo Ramirez, Victor Siemens
  • Patent number: 11019923
    Abstract: A support apparatus for supporting and displaying hanging articles, the apparatus includes a support arm extending from a first end to a second end; an attachment member secured to the first end of the support arm; and knobs to receive the hanging articles; the attachment member is to tighten onto a closet bar; and the support arm extends substantially perpendicular away from the closet bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventor: Barbara B. Womble
  • Patent number: 10874269
    Abstract: A slacks valet mechanism, to prevent the slacks of a user of a lavatory stall toilet from becoming soiled by preventing its contact with the floor, includes an arm coupled to the stall door/wall, being movable between stowed and deployed positions. The stowed arm is proximate to the lavatory door, and the deployed arm has a portion proximate to the toilet, to thereon receive the lowered slacks to prevent soiling. A replaceable cartridge is releasably securable to the arm, and includes first and second reels, and a hygienic tape wound upon the first reel with an end fixedly secured to the second reel. The device incrementally advances an outermost portion of the hygienic tape on the first reel onto the second reel, for each cycle of the arm between the deployed and stowed positions, thereby exposing an unused tape portion on the arm for hygienic slacks support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventor: James Bongiorno
  • Patent number: 10300826
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a child restraint including a seat shell and an armrest coupled to the seat shell. The child restraint also includes a cupholder coupled to the armrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean R. Denbo, Kyle M. Franke, Devin J. Coakley
  • Patent number: 10118678
    Abstract: The present invention is a collapsible rack and methods of using the collapsible rack for storing boardsport equipment. The collapsible rack has an upper portion and a lower portion connected by at least one lockable hinge. The upper portion has a rotatable top bar having three or more rails extending parallel to each other and a locking arm to maintain the rails perpendicular to the upper portion when in use. The lower portion has a rotatable platform base and a locking arm to maintain the base perpendicular to the lower portion when in use. The lower or upper portion may also have a handle about the middle of one of its sides and a closure mechanism to maintain the rack in collapsed configuration for easy transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Rodolpho B. Dias
  • Patent number: 9516396
    Abstract: A bracket for attachment to a first speaker and for suspending a second speaker therefrom. The bracket comprises a suspension member configured for attachment to a second speaker and defining an axis about which a second speaker is free to rotate when attached to the suspension member and an adjustable end stop configured to limit the maximum amount of rotation of a second speaker about the axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventors: Anthony John Andrews, Toby Charles Collingwood Hunt, John Newsham
  • Patent number: 9051680
    Abstract: A retractable clothesline support and method utilizes a pivotable arm hingedly attached to a housing. The arm having a reel with a line such as a clothesline wound thereon can be unlocked and then unreeled. The line support is particularly useful with an RV or other mobile vehicle while traveling for hanging wet clothes or the like for drying purposes. When not in use the clothesline can be wound on the reel, the reel locked and the arm closed for containment within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventor: R. Darren Harris
  • Publication number: 20150060373
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a makeup brush holder for holding a makeup brush having a rod-shaped body and bristles provided on the rod-shaped body. The makeup brush holder includes a holding plate, a holding part which is provided in the holding plate to hold the rod-shaped body, and a plate support which supports the holding plate at a predetermined location. The holding part has a seating hole which is formed through the holding plate, and an elastic holding film which is provided in the seating hole. Slits are formed in a central portion of the holding film so that the rod-shaped body can be inserted into the holding film. When the rod-shaped body is inserted into the seating hole through the slits, the rod-shaped body is held in the holding part by a restoring force of the holding film and a frictional force between the holding film and the rod-shaped body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Mi Yeon BYEON
  • Publication number: 20150034571
    Abstract: A flexible material rack which can retract and extend away from roller and be attached to extended arms. The arms and the retractable rack provide a means for the device to take up less space when not in use. When in use, the rack can support clothing articles for drying.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Angela K Zamudio
  • Publication number: 20140251929
    Abstract: The invention relates to a display arrangement including a foot which supports a plurality of panels, which are flexibly interconnected by means of connecting elements, a lifting device and a receiving device that can be lowered into the ground. The receiving device is designed to receive the panels, folded together, including the foot and the lifting device. The lifting device is designed to raise the panels out of the receiving device and to lower the panels into the receiving device. The panels can be folded together in a barrel shape around the foot and in particular also around the lifting device. The receiving device is designed to receive the panels folded together in a barrel shape around the foot and more particularly also around the lifting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Franz Bernhard Fidler, Andreas Haas, Elmar Stoger, Josef Alexander Swatek, Jorg Tragatschnig
  • Patent number: 8720703
    Abstract: Apparatus for holding and drying brushes includes two brush holder components alternatively connectable to form a first configuration wherein brushes are held with the applicator portions thereof above the handles and a second configuration wherein the applicator portions are below the handles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventors: Denise Kathleen Pressler, Kurt Terry Pressler
  • Publication number: 20140109433
    Abstract: An expandable and customizable cabinet apparatus for supporting clothes when hanging them to dry includes a housing that forms an enclosure with an opening on one side. A door connected to the housing is able to open to substantially 180 degrees. A frame is connected in a hinging arrangement to the housing allowing it to swing relative to the housing between the housing and the door. The frame includes an anchoring grid. A series of articulating hanging racks are affixed to the anchoring grid and held in a horizontal position with support members. The hanging racks may be articulated downward to a position flush with the anchoring grid, and the enclosed with the frame inside the housing and door when closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Lynnette Van Orden Moore
  • Publication number: 20120285032
    Abstract: A work surface device for a domestic household appliance and a household appliance having a work surface. The work surface device includes a housing having a cavity accessible by an opening formed in a sidewall of the housing, and a pivotally-deployable work surface supported by the housing at a pivot point, wherein the pivotally-deployable work surface is movable about the pivot point from a stored position within the cavity to a deployed position outside of the housing, and wherein the pivotally-deployable work surface has a planar upper support surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: Sam Rhodes, Oliver Schöne
  • Patent number: 8177074
    Abstract: A housing for a drying device which can be folded in and folded out comprises a base which is situated on the rear side and can be attached to a vertical support, such as a wall, and with respect to which the drying device can be folded in to form an elongate unit, wing means which are suspended on the base and can be pivoted along a pivot axis directed in the longitudinal direction of the unit between a closed position for covering the folded drying device and an open position in which the drying device can be folded in and out, as well as supporting means for supporting the drying device with respect to the housing. The wing means, in the closed position, extend forwards with respect to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Brabantia Nederland B.V.
    Inventor: Reinout Ignatius Maximiliaan Maria Meltzer
  • Publication number: 20100065515
    Abstract: A voting booth (10), comprising: a case (95) having a top portion (100) hingedly connected to a bottom portion (110); a plurality of legs (20) removably secured to the top portion (100); a plurality of legs (20) removably secured to the bottom portion (110); the legs (20) capable of being stored between a leg retainer (210) and at least one of a top portion surface (102) and a bottom portion surface (112); a 3-panel unit (170) capable or being stored within the case (95), and the 3-panel unit capable of being removably secured to a top portion surface (102) and a bottom portion surface (112); and a plurality of single unit side panels (150) capable of being stored within the case (95) and capable of being removably secured to the top portion surface (102) and the bottom portion surface 112.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventor: Jeff DeLongchamp
  • Publication number: 20090289017
    Abstract: A transportable merchandise display system comprising a plurality of vertically hinged display wall elements which are supported by on the bed of a truck, trailer or other vehicle. For transport, the wall elements are carried in a collapsed configuration occupying little space. The system is deployed for display by opening the wall elements into an expanded configuration to selectively form either a three-sided display enclosure or flat display panel. Roof elements hinged to each wall element swing upwardly with pneumatic struts to form a three-sided enclosure which is protected from above. Alternatively, the wall elements may be swung fully open to form a vertical display wall, with the roof elements forming a protective horizontal awning-like cover. In one embodiment, the system is carried within an enclosed truck body on a sliding base which extends rearward in cantilever fashion for supporting the display structure in open configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Inventor: Kraig Koeze
  • Patent number: 7556053
    Abstract: A supporting device for supporting a cloth element, for example a camouflage net. The supporting device (1) comprises a hollow rod (4), at least one supporting element (12) and an attachment device (50). The supporting element (12) is attached at a proximal end (16) to the attachment device (50). The supporting element (12) can assume the following positions:—a first, retracted position where the supporting element (12) is at least partly mounted inside the hollow rod (4), and—a second, extended position where a distal end (18) of the supporting element (12) is arranged at a distance out from the central longitudinal axis of the hollow rod (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Mitra AS
    Inventor: Guttorm Hansen
  • Publication number: 20080277358
    Abstract: A housing for a drying device which can be folded in and folded out comprises a base which is situated on the rear side and can be attached to a vertical support, such as a wall, and with respect to which the drying device can be folded in to form an elongate unit, wing means which are suspended on the base and can be pivoted along a pivot axis directed in the longitudinal direction of the unit between a closed position for covering the folded drying device and an open position in which the drying device can be folded in and out, as well as supporting means for supporting the drying device with respect to the housing. The wing means, in the closed position, extend forwards with respect to the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventor: Reinout Ignatius Maximiliaan Maria MELTZER
  • Patent number: 7267237
    Abstract: A holding apparatus includes an anchor plate including upper and lower sections and a core member sandwiched medially of the upper and lower sections. A bore passes through the upper and lower sections and the core member. A plurality of elongated support legs are connected to the anchor plate and are adaptable along opposing radial paths. An elongated support rod is included for axially receiving and supporting the filter. The support rod is engageable with the anchor plate such that the support rod becomes aligned along a vertical plane while extending away from the anchor plate. The apparatus further includes a locking wedge having an inverted conical shape and an elongated sleeve formed therein for attaching to the support rod. The locking wedge engages the filter such that the filter becomes positioned between the locking wedge and the anchor plate. The locking wedge includes threadably adjustable spherical gripping members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Inventors: Robert W. Jones, Susan E. Jones
  • Patent number: 7000788
    Abstract: An umbrella-type clothes drier can be covered with a protective cover when it is not in use. An unfolding and folding spreading frame that supports a clothesline is preferably disposed in an adjustable manner on the central upright tube of the apparatus. The protective cover can be pulled over the folded spreading frame and the clothesline from the upright tube and can be retracted into the upright tube at the inner end section thereof, which remains inside the upright pipe. The outer end section of the protective cover supports a cap which overlaps the upper end of the upright tube when the protective cover is retracted into the upright tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Inventor: Heinrich Wüster
  • Patent number: 6969132
    Abstract: A chest (1) for distributing food, the chest being provided with a vertical mast (4) on which supports (2) are fixed. The chest has lifting means for moving said mast in vertical translation, and in addition at least some of the supports are movable in rotation about an axis which coincides with the mast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Inventor: Bernard Viville
  • Patent number: 6959824
    Abstract: A retail display rack having vertically adjustable upper and lower display arms associated with a tubular housing structure that is vertically oriented for mounting the upper and lower arms thereon at selectable heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Inventor: Joel Alperson
  • Patent number: 6951064
    Abstract: A clothes drier has lifting device that can be fastened to a ceiling and that can be operated in stepwise fashion. The lifting device supports a drier frame carrying the clothes line. The lifting device is received in a downwardly open profiled box, which can be fastened to the ceiling, and acts on the central longitudinal support of the drier frame, which can be folded together to form a long bar and in the folded-together state can be received in the profiled box. The frame has part-frames arranged on both sides of its longitudinal support, which can be folded together toward the longitudinal support and in the process in each case enclose the clothes line carried by them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Inventor: Heinrich Wüster
  • Patent number: 6920987
    Abstract: A knife holder is disclosed. The knife holder includes a housing and a block portion for holding one or more knives. The block portion is pivotally attached to the housing such that the block portion may be moved between an upright position in which the block portion is substantially within the housing, and an extended position in which the block portion extends from the housing so that knives may be easily withdrawn therefrom. The knife holder may further include a locking mechanism operatively coupled to the knife block, for selectively locking the knife block in the upright position so that knives cannot be easily withdrawn therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Assignee: Lifetime Hoan Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Siegel, Robert Reichenbach
  • Publication number: 20030196981
    Abstract: A receivable display rack is constructed to include a body, the body having a top panel, a bottom panel parallel, and two barrels connected between the top and bottom panels, the top panel having a plurality of upwardly extended top annular flanges defining a respective holding space for holding things, the bottom panel having a plurality of circular bottom recesses fitting the top annular flanges of the top panel for enabling multiple receivable display racks to be arranged in a stack, the barrels each having an arched opening in the periphery, and two swivel holders respectively bilaterally pivoted to the body and turned in and out of the barrels through the openings of the barrels, each swivel holder having a recessed circular top holding chamber for holding things.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2002
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Inventor: Yang I-I
  • Patent number: 6464091
    Abstract: There is described a collapsible wall unit for clothes which has at least one frame unit which is of generally triangular shape and consists of a first plate portion, a rod portion, and a second plate portion. A rail can be positioned between the frame units and used to support clothes. Alternatively, clothes can be hung on the rod portion of a single frame unit. When not in use, the frame unit can be disassembled and rests against the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Inventor: Daniel George Nagasaki
  • Patent number: 6340214
    Abstract: A pull down storage shelf assembly for a standard wall cabinet to access items on the upper storage shelf is described. The shelf assembly has two arms on each side attached to an upper support member on one end and a lower support member on the other end. The position of the two side arms with respect to the upper and lower support member allows the shelf to hold in place when in the up position. A handle is secured to the front and bottom of the pull down shelf. When the handle is pulled forward, the upper shelf rotates to the down position to provide easy access to items on the upper shelf. A stop is placed on the side of the upper support members to stop the downward motion and support the shelf at the optimum working level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Inventor: H. Lee Adams
  • Patent number: 6257418
    Abstract: The present invention is a retractable display apparatus comprising at least one upright support having at least one retractable cord able to extend generally perpendicular to the stanchion, said cord able to attach to an object or preferably a matching stanchion. Preferably, each stanchion is a T-shape, but may be other shapes, for example, an inverted L shape, which has a riser plus one horizontally-extending side arm at or near the top of the riser. Retractor mechanisms and locking mechanisms are preferably included for each cord, for easy and neat handling of the cord, preferably by winding the cord on a rotating member (“spool”). The apparatus is adapted so that the cord(s) support one or more signs or banners or other items that might be decorative or functional for a retailer, warehouse, flea market, or other business.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventors: Troy D. Allen, Rich Segali
  • Patent number: 6227388
    Abstract: A display and storage system for displaying an object in a window and storing the object beneath the window's sill is disclosed. A compartment fitted with an opening and having a bottom and a plurality of side walls is positioned beneath the sill. An aperture is arranged in the sill in registration with the opening providing access to the compartment interior. A movable top is positionable in registration with the aperture to enclose the compartment. A support surface is pivotally mounted within the compartment and is pivotal between a first position oriented angularly with respect to the surface of the sill and a second position co-planar with the sill. An object, such as a candle, is interengagable with the support surface for display in the window when the surface is in the co-planar position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Inventor: Louise Anne Borzelleca