With Article Gripping Means Patents (Class 211/124)
  • Patent number: 10827864
    Abstract: An improved garment hanger retaining device discloses a convenient means to secure a plurality of hangers that hang on a suspended hangrod such as, a rolling rack, road case, trunk, crate, existing hangrod, or wardrobe truck, particularly while moving or transporting hanging objects such as, garments, wardrobe, costumes, or props. Various embodiments comprise an elongated, inverted generally U-shaped main body channel adapted to clamp onto the span of a suspended hangrod thereby capping a hanger hook portion of a garment hanger. With minimal action a user can engage by clamping on or disengage by lifting off. Improvement over prior art benefit a readily available, transferrable and reusable device, with no moving parts, components or assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Clara K. Ronk
  • Patent number: 10806284
    Abstract: A hanger spacer tape device having a flexible elongated body and a plurality of bumps or protrusions formed on one side thereof. The hanger spacer tape device allows hangers to be spaced at intervals and stay aligned to provide effective and efficient organization of hangers and can be coiled onto itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Stephen P. Donegan
  • Patent number: 10567865
    Abstract: A headset accessory comprises circuitry and is configured to mechanically attach to an audio headset. The circuitry of the headset may be operable to establish a link to the audio headset that supports conveyance of bias voltage, bias current, and/or information between the circuitry of the accessory and circuitry of the audio headset. The headset accessory may be configured to attach to a housing of the headset on a surface of the housing opposite an ear cup. A state of the circuitry of the accessory may be controlled based on the information received from the audio headset via the link. The information may include characteristics of audio being processed by the audio headset. The circuitry of the headset accessory may comprise non-volatile memory, and the non-volatile memory may store parameter settings for configuring audio processing circuitry of the audio headset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Kulavik, Michael A. Jessup, Travis Kettering
  • Patent number: 10299615
    Abstract: A hanger spacer tape device having a flexible elongated body and a plurality of rounded bumps or protrusions formed on one side thereof. The hanger spacer tape device allows hangers to be spaced at intervals and stay aligned to provide effective and efficient organization of hangers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Stephen P. Donegan
  • Patent number: 9648993
    Abstract: A towel holding device for storing a towel and a washcloth in a rolled configuration. The holding device includes a bracket having a first section rigidly affixed to a second section, wherein the first and second sections are preferably perpendicular to one another. The bracket includes a first ring thereon, wherein the first ring includes an open central area sized to receive a rolled towel therein. The bracket further includes a second ring, wherein the second ring includes an open central area sized to receive a rolled washcloth therein. Thus, the first ring preferably comprises a larger diameter than the second ring. Further, the first and second rings are positioned adjacent to one another on the bracket. The bracket can be affixed to a support surface, such as a wall, using any conventional fasteners, such as screws, or nails, among others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Nathaniel Gainey
  • Patent number: 9526236
    Abstract: Foldable frame devices designed to transport fishing equipment and assorted items while functioning as a table and which are capable of being stored in confined spaces are disclosed. In an aspect, a foldable frame device may be carried by a user. The foldable frame device includes a rotating flat surface area which may be moved between a folded position and a usable position. In the folded position, the foldable frame device has a compact profile, thereby occupying a small amount of space for transportation or storage when not in use. In the usable position, the flat surface area extends away from the frame and may support items, such as fishing equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: James Coker
  • Patent number: 9435615
    Abstract: An improved system for protecting vehicles or other objects from rocket propelled grenade (RPG) attacks. A net panel of the improved system weighs and costs substantially less than a conventional protective system panel, and requires minimal manual work to manufacture, install, replace or repair. When assembled, the hard points, as well as the panels, are symmetrical meaning that a panel does not have a left, right, inward or outward face and may be used on either side of a vehicle. The net may be manufactured as a continuous web or roll and does not require any edging for securing it to a frame. In addition, a damaged net may be replaced easily and rapidly using a simple hand tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Richard N. Kay
  • Patent number: 8916216
    Abstract: An apparatus used to arrange and display decorative items or candy. A narrow stem comprises a plurality of holes running throughout the stem. A plurality of metal rods are inserted into respective holes in the stem. Each metal rod has is attached to a plastic petal, which also comprises a clip. A piece of candy can be attached to each clip and can be supported by each respective petal. The plurality of metal rods arranged in this manner create a visually appealing arrangement of decorative items or dispenser of candy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Barbara Butts
  • Publication number: 20140144856
    Abstract: A variable length support rod apparatus for translational support of a window treatment, such as draperies, comprised of a support member formed of a plurality of transnationally engaged segments, the support member is infinitely configurable from a minimum contracted length to a maximum extended length through a translation of the plurality of segments toward or away from each other. A continuous flexible member is positioned along a pathway running between a first end and a second end of the support member. The support rod may be configured to any length between the minimum and maximum lengths and may be fixed to a support surface without an adjustment of the fixed length of the continuous flexible member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventors: BRIAN GRAVES, PEISHENG QIAN
  • Patent number: 8720705
    Abstract: A ribbon rack includes a retention base and a removable member. The retention base preferably includes an elongated base, a first hook plate and a second hook plate. The first hook plate extends downward from a first end of the elongated base and the second hook plate extends downward from a second end of the elongated base. The first and second hook plates are bent upward to form first and second hook ends. The first and second hook ends are sized to receive the elongated member. At least one figurine preferably extends upward from the elongated base. At least two holes are preferably formed through the elongated base to attach thereof to a flat surface. A second embodiment of the ribbon rack includes the retention base and an offset removable member. A third embodiment of the ribbon rack includes the retention base and an offset pivoting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Laura J. Merbeth
  • Patent number: 8646622
    Abstract: A clamp structure that provides versatility and structural adaptability to different clamping surfaces. A tension member can be coupled to the inside of a tubular body at one end and to a rod at the other end. Removable grips can be coupled to the ends of the body, but are not directly coupled to the tension member so that changing the grips can be done without removing the tension member from its anchored position. The grips can, in some embodiments, be pivotable so as to accommodate a variety of different gripping surfaces. Various holding members such as a tool holder, a utility hook and/or a claw grip can be movably provided on the body and can hold tools or light fixtures in a variety of configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventor: Gary S. Wollert
  • Patent number: 8616505
    Abstract: An articulated article holder comprises an attachment base, configured to be attached to a support structure or to a component of a vehicle. A holding member is configured to receive and hold an article therein, the holding member being coupled to the attachment base and including two generally upright arms which collectively define a containment area therebetween. At least one of the upright arms includes an articulated joint formed or integrated therein to allow at least one segment of the arm to move between at least two differing positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: All Rite Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Travis Gates, Stacey Gates, Jason Tubbs
  • Patent number: 8484868
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a laundry treating apparatus which can make easy drying, deodorizing, crumple removal and sterilization of clothes, characterized in that laundry treating apparatus is provided with a hanger bar for receiving clothes hangers of different shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jong Seok Kim, Sung Min Kim, Dae Yun Park, Sog Kie Hong
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8459600
    Abstract: A trestle stabilizing device is provided for a model track assembly having support apparatuses or trestles for elevating track sections. The device includes a base including a first end section and a second end section. A first fastening member is connected to the first end section. A second fastening member is connected to the second end section. The first and second fastening members releasably secure the device to the track support apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Robert J. Tarr
  • Publication number: 20130082017
    Abstract: A curtain suspension rack includes a curtain rod, mounting brackets, and hangers. The curtain rod has decoration heads. Each mounting bracket has a mounting base, a support member, and a suspension section. The mounting bracket receives the curtain rod to suspend thereon. The hangers are fit to the curtain rod. Each hanger includes a carrying section in contact engagement with the curtain rod and forming an embedding cavity that receives and retains a rolling ball therein to allow the rolling ball to freely rotate. The rolling ball has a lower portion projecting below the carrying section, whereby when the hanger is fit to the curtain rod, the rolling ball is in direct contact with the curtain rod. In this way, the frictional resistance induced when the hanger is moving along the curtain rod is reduced to allow a user to easily open or close a curtain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventor: ERIC TANG
  • Publication number: 20130037504
    Abstract: A variable length support rod apparatus for translational support of a window treatment, such as draperies, comprised of a support member formed of a plurality of transnationally engaged segments, the support member is infinitely configurable from a minimum contracted length to a maximum extended length through a translation of the plurality of segments toward or away from each other. A continuous flexible member is positioned along a pathway running between a first end and a second end of the support member. The support rod may be configured to any length between the minimum and maximum lengths and may be fixed to a support surface without an adjustment of the fixed length of the continuous flexible member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventors: Brian Graves, Peisheng Qian
  • Patent number: 8298598
    Abstract: An apparatus used to arrange and display decorative items or candy. A narrow stem comprises a plurality of holes running throughout the stem. A plurality of metal rods are inserted into respective holes in the stem. Each metal rod has is attached to a plastic petal, which also comprises a clip. A piece of candy can be attached to each clip and can be supported by each respective petal. The plurality of metal rods arranged in this manner create a visually appealing arrangement of decorative items or dispenser of candy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: Barbara A. Butts-Cornish
  • Publication number: 20120228251
    Abstract: An elongated support beam is provided for supporting internals such as liquid collectors, liquid distributors, packing supports, or trays within a mass transfer column. The support beam is divided longitudinally into a lower beam segment and an upper beam segment that are joined together by a plurality of connectors at one or more longitudinally spaced-apart positions. The connectors serve to stiffen and resist lateral deflection of the lower and upper beam segments in relation to each other and to transfer the load carried by the upper beam segment to the lower beam segment or vice-versa. By dividing the support beam into lower and upper beam segments, each of the lower and upper beam segments can be passed through a manway opening in a shell of the mass transfer column prior to assembly of the support beam or following disassembly of the support beam within the mass transfer column.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: Koch-Glitsch, LP
    Inventors: Darran Matthew Headley, Billy Russ Unruh
  • Publication number: 20120187064
    Abstract: A universal mounting system includes a mounting rail and plurality of heavy mounting blocks and clip-on mounting blocks to receive utility adaptors. The mounting rail comprises a flange and a bearing rail, an open centerline channel extending the length of the mounting rail, the bearing rail having a first bearing surface distal from the flange and opposed second and third bearing surfaces disposed laterally along the length of the bearing rail, wherein the base width is less than the exterior bearing surface width. The heavy mounting blocks are slidingly couplable over the bearing rail, including a mounting surface to mate to the utility adaptor and a receiving channel having cross section conforming to the bearing rail cross section; a clamping member with a friction clamping member to go against the threaded rod distal end and bearing rail. The system includes a centerline channel depth not greater than the flange depth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: MICHAEL G. MILLER
  • Patent number: 8132366
    Abstract: The modular germinating apparatus provides a plurality of rods, each with an extendable insert whereby total length of the rod and insert is adjustable, the adjusted length selectively maintained by dual, outward pressed lock pins. Rods are positioned as chosen both horizontally and vertically between given objects, such as window sills. A plurality of planters with planter inserts is hung as chosen from the rods with extendable inserts, thereby providing for germinating a multitude of plants simultaneously, with great space efficiency. Each insert provides a plurality of individual compartments, each compartment having drain holes for draining excess liquids from the compartments to the planter below, thereby maintaining optimal germinating environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Neil B. LeBlanc
  • Patent number: 8127947
    Abstract: A garment secure transport bar for supporting garment hangers on a garment transport cart. A rotating outer bar with a parallel securing bar rotates about an inner support bar. The inner support bar is fixed between two mounting brackets that attach to the top of a garment transport cart. Hangers can be hung on the bar and the securing bar rotated to secure the hangers in place and prevent them from bouncing off the cart. In an alternate embodiment, the transport bar is adjustable in length, so as to be capable of supporting garments on a variety of different size transport carts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventor: Ralph A. Chacon
  • Publication number: 20120024809
    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: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: UMBRA LLC
    Inventors: Paul ROWAN, Mauricio AFFONSO
  • Publication number: 20120018107
    Abstract: A support for an air ventilation control curtain includes a foldable support rod comprising a plurality of rigid hollow rod sections that are movable with respect to each other, a coupling for joining an axial end of one of the rod sections to an axial end of another one of the rod sections, an attachment device slidably mounted on the support rod so as to be movable along a length of the support rod, the attachment device adapted for engaging with a roof plate of a mine roof, and a curtain hanger disposed on the support rod for hanging an air ventilation control curtain from the support rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: HEINTZMANN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Rodney HOWERY
  • Patent number: 8096517
    Abstract: The present invention may be used for retaining a laptop computer on a generally horizontal member of a structure. One or more hooks may each have an arm rotatably attached at a first end to a screen housing opposite a screen of a laptop computer. The hooks may have a first projecting member attached approximately orthogonal to the arm at a second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Inventor: Steven Hamilton
  • Publication number: 20110272372
    Abstract: A fastening system is disclosed. The fastening system includes a device rail, a holding element mountable on the device rail, and a supporting structure, where the supporting structure defines an opening and includes a gripping surface, and where the opening is an end of an interior space enclosed by the supporting structure. The holding element is insertable into the opening of the supporting structure and, in a back-locking position, the gripping surface grips the holding element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Ostermeier PETER, Norbert BURTSCHER, Hermann FRITZ
  • Patent number: 8016138
    Abstract: A hanger retainer for securing hangers to a garment-supporting rod. The hanger retainer generally includes first and second side portions spaced apart from each other, a hooked portion extending from at least one of the side portions, and first and second retaining portions extending between the side portions. The hooked portion is designed to hook around a garment-supporting rod such that the first retaining portion is spaced a first distance from the rod, and the second retaining portion is spaced a second distance less than the first distance from the rod. The hanger retainer is rotated about the rod from a first position in which a hanger is received between the side portions on the hanger rod, and a second position in which the hanger is secured to the rod, thereby enabling transport one or more hangers on the rod without concern that the hangers may fall from the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Wenger Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Jacobson, Dorothy Ann Jacobson, legal representative
  • Patent number: 8002127
    Abstract: A valet rod slide mounting assembly is provided for mounting to a supporting surface, such as a door, closet organizer, wall, or the like. The assembly includes a rod and a tube receiving the rod for sliding movement between an extended position and a retracted position when the tube overlaps substantially the rod. The assembly also includes at least two anchors for mounting the tube to the supporting surface. The anchors include a first bore sized to receive the tube and a second bore perpendicular to the first bore and sized to receive a mounting element that engages the support surface. The anchors can also include a third bore where a tube retainer is positioned to engage the tube securably. The assembly can also include a plurality of hooks that depend from the rod, with respective components including slots to permit the hooks to engage the rod continuously while sliding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Rev-A-Shelf Company, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin M. Ward, David P. Noe
  • Patent number: 7971841
    Abstract: A motorcycle saddlebag hanger is described which includes a vertically disposed support which is secured to a wall or which may be free standing. The hanger includes two identical structures formed thereon for supporting a pair of motorcycle saddlebags when the saddlebags have been removed from a motorcycle. The saddlebags are secured to the hanger utilizing the hardware which normally secures the motorcycle saddlebags to the motorcycle. The hanger may also be free standing. Further, the hanger may be a two-component hanger so that the saddlebags may be positioned in either a vertically spaced-apart manner or in a horizontally spaced-apart manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventor: Loren Van Wyk
  • Patent number: 7909186
    Abstract: The clothes hanger apparatus has a pair of spaced apart foot assemblies, a vertical member extended upwardly from each foot assembly, a right angle bend at a top of each vertical member, a sleeve extended from each bend, a horizontal tube removably connecting the sleeves, a slot in a bottom of the tube, a plurality of roller assemblies selectively fitted within the tube, a plurality of stems, each stem having a top end and a bottom end, the top end removably connected to one roller assembly, a clip connected to the bottom end of each stem, a hanger mustache removably connected to each clip, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventor: Arturo Contreras
  • Publication number: 20110062099
    Abstract: The invention relates to a traverse rod assembly for supporting a window covering. The traverse rod assembly includes a decorative arcuate member defining a channel at one end. A carrier tab is affixed within the channel, thereby maintaining the substantially vertical alignment of the decorative arcuate member even when the window covering is manipulated. By retaining a substantially vertical alignment, the decorative arcuate members more closely resemble the appearance of a traditional curtain rod, and they avoid potentially damaging contact with other decorative features of the traverse rod assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Applicant: SELECTIVE ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Randy McCormack
  • Publication number: 20110049071
    Abstract: A blind rail to which blind fabric can be attached is disclosed. The rail has a main slot into which an edge portion of the blind fabric can be inserted, and an insert which can be inserted into and securely retained in the main slot with the edge portion to securely attach the blind fabric to the rail. The rail also has an additional slot into which a fold of the blind fabric can be inserted. The way the folded fabric can be secured in the additional slot enables the blind fabric to be attached to the blind rail of the present invention in two different configurations. In one configuration, most of the blind rail remains exposed to give the blind rail a ‘naked’ aesthetic. In the other configuration, the blind fabric may wrap around most of the blind rail giving the blind rail a covered aesthetic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventors: Chris Hart, Henk Dogger
  • Publication number: 20100243589
    Abstract: A rail for use in a covering for an architectural opening to secure one edge of a retractable shade material includes a recess opening toward the top or bottom of the rail with the recess being adapted to secure an associated edge of the shade material so that the shade material covers a front of the rail to conceal it from view. The edge of the shade material can be releasably retained within the recess by being connected to a removable insert that can be slidably or otherwise retained within the recess. The recess opens upwardly when the rail is used as a headrail or downwardly when the rail is used as a bottom rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Truett, Jean Trantham, Jesse B. Bowen, Steve Lathrup, Nell Norman
  • Publication number: 20090107934
    Abstract: A mobile system for the display of multiple carpet samples in a concise and orderly array which are securely mounted within a convenient unitary carrier, yet which are readily accessed when comparing each of the samples to the decor at locations remote from the retail outlet. In the present system, the carpet samples are individually affixed to a strong, but light-weight carrier comprised substantially exclusively of paperboard and which is particularly resistant to flexing, tearing or rupture in the course of conveyance of the samples to and from a retail outlet and/or when exposing each sample for evaluation in the actual environment within which the carpet is intended to be installed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventor: Donnie Cooper
  • Patent number: 7513375
    Abstract: A hanging device has a base that can be connected to a wall, a plurality of horizontally disposed retainers extend across a front face of the base, wherein each retainer includes a pair of retainer members which are biased toward one another and the members are configured to be movably displaced from one another to readily permit the insertion of an article to be hung, such as a garment, therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Inventor: Michael James Wenzler
  • Publication number: 20080302745
    Abstract: A pot rack comprising at least one track member having spaced-apart rails with at least an upper rail surface having a ferromagnetic property and at least one hook member having a lower hook portion for releasably engaging a kitchen utensil, and an upper cap portion of a dimension greater than a spacing between the rails wherein the cap portion includes a magnetic member which is magnetically attracted to the upper rail surface of each of the rails and a shaft portion interconnecting the upper cap portion and the lower hook portion. A hook member for use on a slotted ferromagnetic rail comprising a head portion, an integral shank portion and a hook portion extending from the shank portion, said head portion having magnetic means associated therewith to establish a magnetic attraction between the head portion and the rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Applicant: ALL-CLAD METALCRAFTERS LLC
    Inventors: William A. Groll, Troy Schuler
  • Publication number: 20080272077
    Abstract: This invention includes two embodiments for retaining together a group of several hangers. Each hanger has an attachment section which is shaped like a cane and a clothes section on which clothes are hung. In the first embodiment, hook and loop material is wrapped about the attachment section of several hangers thereby grouping together these hangers. In the alternate embodiment, a slotted tube of soft flexible material is placed over the attachment section of several hangers to hold the hangers together. A pigtail with a snap attached to the slotted tube is passed through the clothing and snapped to itself to prevent the slotted tube from sliding off the clothers hanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Publication date: November 6, 2008
    Inventor: George Neher
  • Patent number: 7140479
    Abstract: A combination garment bag and luggage bag includes a relatively rigid outer luggage bag and a relatively flexible inner garment bag. According to one aspect of the invention, the garment bag is secured to the interior of the luggage bag with the aid of a releasable coupling mechanism. According to another aspect of the invention, the interior of the garment bag is provided with a spring expandable hanger bar. The hanger bar expands when the garment bag is removed from the luggage bag. This allows easier access to the contents of the garment bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Ingenious Designs LLC
    Inventors: Joy Mangano, Brian Scevola
  • Patent number: 7134561
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods for clothing organization include a first member, including a first hanger positioning portion, connectable to a second member. The two members may be movable between a first relative position and a second relative position, such as for loading/unloading and storage of conventional hangers. Additionally, a first suspension mechanism is attachable to the first member and, in one embodiment, a second suspension mechanism is attachable to the second member. The first suspension mechanism and the second suspension mechanism respectively support the first member and the second member in the first relative position and the second relative position. Associated methods of assembly of such hanger systems, and methods of clothing organization, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Ribs Marketing, Inc.
    Inventors: Boris Schneider, Jorge L. Prats
  • Patent number: 7100774
    Abstract: A hanging device having a base that can be connected to a wall. A-plurality of horizontally disposed retainers extend across a front face of the base, wherein each retainer includes a pair of retainer members which are biased toward one another. The members are configured to be movably displaced from one another to readily permit the insertion of an article to be hung, such as a garment, therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Inventor: Michael James Wenzler
  • Patent number: 7097051
    Abstract: A hanger rod for a clothes drying cabinet includes a plurality of notches, each adapted to receive a hanger. Each notch is V-shaped, with opposite side walls which converge downwardly to a substantially pointed apex. The rod has front and rear walls defining a thickness ranging between 30%–75% of the hanger hook diameter. The notches provide four contact points on the hanger hook to prevent rotation of the hanger hook on the rod during the drying process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen D. Schober, Curtis J. Tremel
  • Patent number: 6976595
    Abstract: A storage system that is attached by (means of)a bracket (FIG. 3) to the underside of a horizontal surface. This bracket (FIG. 3) incorporates a track made by the bracket side wall (32) and the bracket lip (34), which holds a retractable slide arm (FIG. 4) that slides forward when in use and slides back when at rest. A bracket stop (36) at the front end of the bracket (FIG. 3) prevents the slide arm (FIG. 4) from separating from the bracket (FIG. 3). The front end of the slide arm (FIG. 4) incorporates a slide arm pull (29) for ease of use. Items to be stored are suspended from hooks (30) that are positioned on the underside of the extended center section of the slide arm (28). Hangers (FIG. 9) incorporate a hanger eye (38) that slips easily on or off the hook (30). Hanger adhesive (44), which lines the hanger base (42), provides a (means) technique for attaching the hanger (FIG. 9) to the top of the receptacle to be stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Inventor: Marilyn Geller
  • Patent number: 6964342
    Abstract: A hanging device having a base that is to be connected to a vertical support or wall, with its long axis of the base vertically disposed. A plurality of horizontally disposed retainers extend across a front face of the base, wherein each retainer includes a pair of retainer members which are biased toward one another. The members are configured to be movably displaced from one another to readily permit the insertion of an article to be hung, such as a garment, therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Inventor: Michael James Wenzler
  • Patent number: 6948628
    Abstract: A clothes hanger retaining device is described. The retaining device is comprised of an inverted trough shaped cover that is positioned over a clothes pole and clothes hangers and secured to the clothes pole by a strap moved about the clothes pole and then secured back to the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Inventor: Donald Peter Sahlem
  • Patent number: 6811041
    Abstract: A file suspension device for holding hanging file folders in a box. The file suspension device includes a frame. The frame has an elongate first rod, an elongate second rod, an elongate third rod and an elongate fourth rod. A fastening structure is provided on at least two of the rods for removably fastening each of the at least two rods on the top edge of one of the walls of the box. The fastening structure pinches an upper portion of the wall when the fastening structure is fastened to the wall for retaining an associated rod on the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventor: Vincent Juliano
  • Patent number: 6789687
    Abstract: An apparatus for hanging items from a fireplace mantel or other elevated surface. The apparatus includes an elongated bar having a front edge and a rear edge, and at least one hook body detachably connected to the front edge of the elongated bar. Preferably, the elongated bar is manufactured from steel, iron, or another suitably heavy material. Each hook body includes a threaded end which may be screwed into the front edge of said elongated bar, as well as a hooked end from which various items seasonal may be hung.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventor: Rebecca Cramer
  • Patent number: 6763953
    Abstract: A storage and retrieval system primarily adapted for the convenient storage and retrieval of media disks includes a plurality of disk enclosures releaseably supported in a hanging fashion from a rod via a plurality of hanger assemblies. The rod has a plurality of grooves and the hanger assemblies have at least two inwardly extending tabs that engage the grooves. The hanger assemblies have an upper section that includes the tabs, and an elongate docking member attached to and disposed below the upper section. The docking member includes a generally downwardly opening channel having a wider main section disposed above a constricted section. The disk enclosures each have a generally elongate docking section that are adapted to releasably engage the docking member such that the disk enclosures are releasably supported in a hanging fashion from the rod with limited rotational movement about the axis of the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Inventor: Anthony E. Pobee-Mensah
  • Patent number: 6568545
    Abstract: A hanger bar structure to span across the upper portion of a wardrobe shipping carton that is used to transport garments hung on hangers, particularly new garments shipped from manufactures. The hanger bar is rectilinear with a plurality of slots on its flat upper surface. The size of the slots, the spacing between the slots, and the arcuate shape of the wire hooks at the tops of the hangers is such that a group of garment-laden hangers can be hung at one loading and then slid along the top of the bar to drop individually into slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: RHE Container Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Harold Feder
  • Patent number: 6484991
    Abstract: A hanger support comprises a base comprising a vertical projection having a pivotal member at an upper end, a plurality of hanging grooves, a plurality of arc members each alternate with one of the hanging grooves, an upwardly raised tab at one end of the projection, and a lower flat abutted the tab. A pivotal engagement mechanism hinges to the other end of the projection of the base. The engagement mechanism comprises an opening at the free end and a slope on one edge of the opening; and a pair of parallel pad members on the bottom of the engagement mechanism; wherein the engagement mechanism is rotatable to cause the flat to contact the bottom of the engagement mechanism with the tab fastened in the opening by engaging the tab with the slope so that a plurality of hangers hung on the hanging grooves are clamped by the pad members in a locked state of the hanger support device. The fastening/unfastening of a hanger is by simply pivoting the engagement mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Inventor: Yuh Yi Sher
  • Patent number: 6481585
    Abstract: A device for use in fitting a duvet cover comprises an elongate carrier (10), means (18) for removably mounting the carrier (10) on a support, and two releasable clamping devices(11). At least one of the releasable clamping devices (11) is mounted such that its position may be adjusted longitudinally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Inventor: Peter Cloughton