Of Wire Patents (Class 211/181.1)
  • Patent number: 10555606
    Abstract: A stand for supporting product containers, such as bottles, in an inverted or upside-down position, allowing the content of the bottle to settle near the opening, reducing product waste, the stand having an aesthetically pleasing appearance so as to be useful in any area of the home. The stand may comprise a frame, at least one foot, and at least one bottle or container support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Diane Fischer
  • Patent number: 10478042
    Abstract: A dishwasher appliance includes a tub defining a wash chamber. The dishwasher appliance also includes a rack assembly disposed within the wash chamber. The rack assembly may define a wash compartment. In addition, the dishwasher appliance may include a basket disposed within the wash compartment. The basket may comprise a magnet, and the basket may be removably mounted to the rack assembly via the magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Bassam Fawaz
  • Patent number: 10368718
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a modular docking system supporting the docking of one or more spray containers at various locations within a dishwasher. Each spray container includes a container body capable of retaining utensils along with one or more nozzles supplied with fluid by the modular docking system to direct a spray of fluid at utensils retained by the container body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mark W. Wilson, Timothy Martin Wetzel
  • Patent number: 10330244
    Abstract: Disclosed is a simple portable holder for holding electronic devices such as a laptop computer and a tablet. The holder can secure a laptop in a vertical (closed) position, or an open position. The holder includes a base, at least four posts and straps between the posts for holding the device. The straps between the posts form a substantial U-shaped area for stowage of the device while the device is in a closed position. The posts may have flat or curved profiles including a slanted or curved top portion thereof. The curvature at the top of the posts is used for securing the laptop while in an open position to the device holder. The holder may be placed on the floor to avoid clutter on a work surface, or for the convenience of the user having it near a seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Le Moey Wiebush, III
  • Patent number: 10295130
    Abstract: Accordingly, several advantages of one or more aspects are as follows: to provide a frame assembly for the creation of handmade paper crafts or lanterns, particularly a with paper or any material that produces similar results, such as fabric that has a stiff but flexible quality to it, comprising metal, sheet metal, plastic, wire, etc., The material is not permanently attached to the frame and can be swapped out for a different style and can be stored away for infinite reuse. An adjustable and removable light holder that can be placed at various elevations on the frame to lower or raise the level of the light within the frame. Short frames that are more stable in windy conditions. One size fits all frames that can be used with substantially short or substantially tall wrap, and is stable in windy or breezy conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Celena Misshola Owens
  • Patent number: 10084294
    Abstract: The assembly includes an openworked cable raceway (11) having a base (15) and side walls (16), the assembly (10) being provided for installing along a ceiling, and including at least one curved elongated panel (12), the concave surface of which faces towards the cable raceway (11), which curved elongated panel (12) is fastened to the cable raceway (11) and envelops the outside of the cable raceway (11) in line with a single side wall (16) and in line with at least a portion of the base (15) starting from the side wall (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignees: LEGRAND FRANCE, LEGRAND SNC
    Inventors: Julien Bethoule, Laurent Denis
  • Patent number: 9968208
    Abstract: The Eco Fit invention encourages a consumer to take part in significantly impacting environmental issues. Quick information can help with decisions reducing consumables. Consumers need to understand the difference between products designed to be more sustainable than the current consumables. The Smarter Way is analyzing the measurable much like ingredient labels of food products before the purchase. The display must contain indicia which informs the consumer of the carbon imprint for the product. This change over time can bring quality products to the market place that will have longer life spans with reduced costs and consumption. We can influence the process of reducing the manufacturer's energy costs, the purchase price, the transportation and the impact on our environment. Labels and displays can teach the value of greatly reducing consumerism and waste for subsequent generations. The Smarter Way is to show the costs and savings at the point of purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Brian Roos Brennan
  • Patent number: 9907415
    Abstract: An article divider assembly is provided with a support bracket adapted to be mounted to a retail display. A divider member extends from the support bracket and is sized to extend between a pair of articles at an upper region of the pair of articles to divide the articles without blocking an outward face of the articles. The divider member comprises a proximal end mounted to the support bracket and a distal end extending away from the support bracket. A display bracket is mounted to the distal end of the divider member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: LIBERTY HARDWARE MFG. CORP.
    Inventors: Patrick William Boehnen, Matthew James Klein
  • Patent number: 9902416
    Abstract: A sports equipment utility cart assembly includes a frame with a rectangular shape and a bottom wall is attached to the frame. A plurality of vertical members is attached to and extends upwardly from the frame. A plurality of horizontally oriented rails is attached to and extends between adjacent ones of the vertical members. The rails include a plurality of apex rails extending between upper ends of the vertical members. A support is attached the frame and extends above apex rails. A pair of hoops is provided and each of the hoops is attached to the support and each extends over one of the apex rails. The hoops receive an insulated water container. A plurality of wheels is attached to the frame and extends downwardly therefrom. A handle is attached to the frame and extends away therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Greg Dockery
  • Patent number: 9848752
    Abstract: A basin which stackably interlocks with 20-inch square racks that hold dish and glassware washed in commercial dishwashers. The basin has substantially the exterior configuration of a commercial dishwasher rack and receives a plurality of dishwasher racks stacked above. The basin solid on its base and sides for prohibiting substances which drip down into it from racks stacked above from dripping onto the floor. The basin has circular indentations in the top surface of the base, trapping water and preventing it from sloshing from side to side of the basin when it is carried or moved. The basin may be loaded into a dolly used to transport commercial dishwasher racks, as the dollies typically have an open bottom. Thus, the basin can provide the water-catching function for racks loaded onto a dolly. Grooves in the basin's bottom surface permit stacking on top of a rack or other basins for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Alexandra Laray Abraham
  • Patent number: 9815411
    Abstract: A space divider and a method of dividing a space with the space divider including an elongated support and a partition, the method comprising the steps of: supporting the support within the space; and securing a partition to the support so that the partition can rotate between a first position and a second position, the partition being able to translate relative to the support when the partition is in the first position, and the partition not being able to translate relative to the support when the partition is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Michael C. Young
  • Patent number: 9770083
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the invention, apparatus comprises: a luggage organizer that can be disposed within an opening of a luggage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventor: Yvonne DNise Gutierrez
  • Patent number: 9709213
    Abstract: A holder for a smart device has a skeleton made from a bendable metal wire, the skeleton including at least one upper leg extending upwardly, two arms extending outwardly, and two lower legs extending in a forward direction that is generally perpendicular to the orientation of the at least one upper leg and the two arms. Each upper leg has an extremity that is bent to form a hook-shaped retention section, each arm has a hand that is also bent to form retention sections, and each of the lower legs has feet that are bent to form retention sections. The lower edge of the smart device rests adjacent the retention sections formed by the feet, the upper edge of the smart device rests adjacent the retention sections defined by the extremities of the upper legs, and the side edges of the smart device rest adjacent the retention sections defined by the hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Patent Category Corp.
    Inventor: Yu Zheng
  • Patent number: 9609931
    Abstract: A carrying case for a wig. The case is made of two panels that are joined together by hinges. One panel has a floor surface that extends in a lateral direction past a roof section. The floor surface has a post for receiving a wig head. Contact members are deployable to protrude from the post and burrow into or otherwise press against the inside walls of a channel provided in a wig head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Eli Rosenblatt
  • Patent number: 9541231
    Abstract: A frame and frame assembly for paper crafts and paper lanterns that is used to create handmade paper lanterns. Paper or similar material can be secured at various elevations along the frame enabling a variety styles and the ability to incorporate embellishments like small vases and bottles with the paper decoration. A frame assembly that has detachable members that can be used to create a variety of different configurations of lantern frames. Additional embodiments, such as a cage attachment is used to make the frame or frame assembly larger, to accommodate larger paper sizes or fabric. A magnet can be used with all embodiments to attach and/or secure a tea light or LED tea light to frame, to keep it secure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventor: Celena Misshola Owens
  • Patent number: 9526365
    Abstract: A detachable laundry basket hanger comprises a plurality of elongated loop parts, each elongated loop part descending and tapering inwardly to form a torso shaped structure with a raised center, each loop part configured to hang a garment, the raised center configured to accommodate collars of shirts and tops, the elongated loop parts having common expandable ends at each side of the elongated loop parts, the expandable ends configured to bear inward to clamp onto objects. Further description of the present invention relates to a method and a unique device and/or apparatus for displaying and/or storing garments and clothing and other apparel. In particular the present invention provides an organizational tool itself a multi-purpose, multi-membered, garment/clothes hanger comprises at least one substantially torso configuration hanger member, adapted as or an adjunct or add-on to a support structure in addition, a solution wrinkle and crease free for storage in transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Tulin Sinmaz
  • Patent number: 9415886
    Abstract: A bag rack and dispensing system and method of packaging and dispensing items, such as food, is disclosed. The bag rack and dispensing system includes a rack that is formed of a base assembly and a hanger assembly on which multiple storage bags can be hung. A method of using the bag rack and dispensing system for packaging and dispensing food items includes, but is not limited to, the steps of hanging the storage bags on the rack of the bag rack and dispensing system, opening the frontmost storage bag, holding open or propping open the storage bag using a hooking device, placing the food item(s) or any other types of item(s) into the storage bag, removing the hooking device, if used, closing the storage bag, and removing the filled storage bag from the rack of the bag rack and dispensing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Inno-Pak, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Sill, Christopher T. Sill
  • Patent number: 9414715
    Abstract: A universal pot cover holder with spoon rest is an apparatus capable of placing hot dripping pot covers without having them on the counter top. A unit that sits the pot cover upright and also can accommodate up to two pot covers at same time and two stirring spoons. A unit that will bring organization around the stove, eliminate counter mess, accommodates any pot cover with any knob or handle. Unit is one continuous welded apparatus with the exception of a removable glass bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: David Wayne Heron
  • Patent number: 9226643
    Abstract: A dishwasher appliance is provided with a silverware basket. The silverware basket is configured for mounting to a rack assembly of the dishwasher appliance. With the silverware basket mounted to the rack assembly, a handle of the silverware basket permits a user to selectively remove the rack assembly from a wash chamber of the dishwasher appliance or selectively dismount the silverware basket from the rack assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: William Nathan Garnett, Daniel J. Hart
  • Publication number: 20150102002
    Abstract: A modular wire grid rack system is provided that includes a pair of storage racks, each storage rack having a plurality of intersecting wire rods, and a plurality of posts connected to the storage racks and separating the storage racks. An intermediate storage assembly is locatable between the pair of storage racks and includes a retaining element configured to be seated on one of the posts and a shelf arm, in the installed disposition of the intermediate storage assembly, a load imposed on the shelf arm by a supported object urges the angular ends of the channel engaging protrusion of the retaining element to move toward one another, thereby reinforcing the strength and stability of the seating of the retaining element on the respective post.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2012
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Scott D. Maurer
  • Publication number: 20150076086
    Abstract: A combination classification shelf includes a base frame and at least one shelf divider. The base frame includes two support rod members transversely arranged in parallel. The shelf divider is detachably mounted at the base frame. The shelf divider is bent to from two classification rod members and two transverse rod members. Each classification rod member has two hooked end portions. The transverse rod members are respectively connected between the classification rod members and define with the hooked end portions of the respective classification rod members a respective receiving space. The support rod members are respectively positioned in the respective receiving spaces. The transverse rod members are respectively supporting the support rod members. Thus, the shelf dividers will be not fall easily.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: DONGGUAN MASTER UNITED PLASTIC & HARDWARE PRODUCTS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: TSUNG-YU TSAI
  • Patent number: 8931649
    Abstract: The creation is a rack for cup objects, which provides a rack easy to use and capable of placing cup objects, including: an integrated bended form of two vertical rods providing with symmetrical, vertically separated aligned oblique projections, wherein the oblique projections are inclined to the two vertical rods with oblique angles, a space is formed between upper and lower oblique projections, the space may contain embedded cup objects, and the oblique projection may be used to jam the cup cover of the cup object such that the effect that the cup object is positioned, undetached, and thus multiple cup objects may be positioned in alignment and easy to access is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Fang-Yin Chen
  • Patent number: 8919583
    Abstract: An accessory merchandiser for displaying products. The accessory merchandiser includes a modular unit including a plurality of first members and a plurality of second members, wherein the first and second members form a grid structure, a plurality of indicator marks formed on each second member, and a plurality of coupling members configured to removably couple the modular unit to a fixture. The plurality of indicator marks form a marking grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventor: Timothy G. Brasher
  • Patent number: 8922984
    Abstract: A portable computer includes a base, a display module, and a support element. The base includes a first area, a second area, and a sliding assembly disposed at a substantially central position of the second area. The sliding assembly includes a sliding element and a guiding structure, and the sliding element can move along the guiding structure to slide at least in the second area. The display module includes a connecting end combined with the sliding element and a support plane. The support element includes a first area pivotally connected to the support plane and a second end pivotally connected to a rear end of the base. When the display module is opened, the display module further rotates around the first fixed end and moves the connecting end simultaneously. Then, the display module is supported by the support element to keep a suitable tilted angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Chun-Chien Chen, Chu-Chia Tsai, Cheng-Shing Liu, Tai-Chuan Chen, Ming-Ju Hsieh, Tien-Chung Tseng, Chien-Yuan Lai, Hung-Chih Chen, Shang-Mao Lee, Cheng-Hsiang Chuang
  • Patent number: 8844735
    Abstract: A display rack mountable on a shelf of a store for showcasing first and second display boxes and wound flexible tubing. The display rack comprises front and rear support members. The display rack further comprises first, second, and third open sidewall support members each having a first end engaged with the front support member and a second end engaged with the rear support member. The display rack further comprises a first stall formed between the first and second open sidewall support members. The first stall is adapted to receive the first display box. The display rack further comprises a second stall formed between the second and third open sidewall support members. The second stall is adapted to receive the second display box. The front and rear support members support the front and rear portions of the first and second display boxes, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: William J. Selby
  • Patent number: 8813740
    Abstract: An oven accessory may include a frame structure formed of a material that is substantially invisible to RF energy and a plurality of removable inserts. The frame structure may include legs and a periphery supported by the legs to be elevated above a base disposed within an oven. The periphery may define a receiving opening and lie in a first plane that is spaced apart from and substantially parallel to a second plane in which the base lies. At least some of the removable inserts may be configured to be interchangeably disposed at the receiving opening independently of each other. At least one of the removable inserts may be configured to define at least one elevated food holding location to combine with at least one other food holding location to enable support of a food product in a substantially vertical orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua Linton
  • Patent number: 8783472
    Abstract: An accessory for supporting crockery in a dishwasher comprises a generally U-shaped main body having a pair of legs and a connecting portion that connects the pair of legs, at least one of the legs having a free end that is adapted to be releasably attached to a crockery basket in the dishwasher when in an installation position, and a smoothly radiused portion connecting each leg to the connecting portion, wherein the legs are spaced apart in the installation position a sufficient distance to promote stability of the crockery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Home Appliances Corporation
    Inventors: Lindsay Eng, Charlie Pipkin
  • Patent number: 8746643
    Abstract: The inventive concept disclosed comprises a storage grate for grills of the type typically used in outdoor barbecue grills and particularly, kamado-style grills. The device is essentially a one-piece rod having been bent and formed into specific angles and segments, thereby allowing the device to be attached onto an outdoor cooking grill or kamado-style charcoal cooking grill as is marketed by many commercial brands. The device serves the purpose of short-term or long-term retention and storage of the grill used in the cooking process prior to, or after use of the grill for cooking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Chance
  • Patent number: 8708166
    Abstract: A confection rack enables confections to appear as a bouquet of flowers. The confection rack Comprises a plurality of wire rings in circular form mechanically coupled to one another. The plurality of wire rings is mechanically coupled to a ring base with riser prongs. The ring base is further mechanically coupled to locating prongs which can be used to align the confection rack into a pot. In this manner, a user can insert the confections into the plurality of wire rings to make the confections appear as a bouquet of flowers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Elizabeth Lynne Crouch
  • Patent number: 8701899
    Abstract: A one-piece paint brush holder for removable-insertion use with a container having a bottom surface, an inner side wall and an upper edge is provided in one embodiment. The holder includes a base portion. The holder further includes a post portion having a lower end extending from the base portion, an intermediate portion extending upwardly from the lower end, and an upper end supported above and extending from the intermediate portion. The holder still further includes a generally horizontal support portion extending from the upper end of the post portion and having a distal end. The intermediate portion of the post portion has a hook portion vertically between the base portion and the support portion. The hook portion has a downwardly opening shape to permit the holder to be supported on the upper edge of the container at a position above an inserted position in the container. The base, post, hook and support portions are formed by bending a single rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventors: Henry F. Paga, Guy D. Vaiasicca
  • Patent number: 8671831
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus facilitating the cooking of multiple products simultaneously. More particularly, the present invention relates to cooking tray and cooking rack for securing the cooking tray. The cooking tray of the present invention comprises a downward extending member, a planar surface, convex rounded edges, lateral straight edges, convex upward extending surfaces, lateral upward extending surfaces, a transition area, and circulation vents. The cooking tray is inserted into a cooking rack along support bars or a platform and is secured using a downward extending member that is obstructed by a wire or the edge of the platform, deterring the cooking tray from falling or shifting during use. The cooking tray is removable from the cooking rack by lifting the cooking tray up the height of the downward extending member. The cooking tray is made of either a punched aluminum or wire, with circulation vents such that the products being cooked may be cooked evenly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Winston Products Company, LLC
    Inventors: Barry G. Yates, Winston L. Shelton
  • Patent number: 8636152
    Abstract: The greeting card outpost of the present disclosure and related inventions is a unique and versatile structure which maximizes the number of greeting cards which can be displayed for sale in retail areas which are limited in space. The fixture includes a plurality of adjacent vertically arranged card pockets attached to an angled support structure and standard tube frame which creates angled array of greeting cards extending outward from a front of the display and ending in a fin-like fashion at the back of the display. The novel arrangement decreases the size of space required to display the variety of greeting cards which can be accommodated upon the outpost fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher Weigand
  • Patent number: 8621988
    Abstract: An inverted suspension poultry roasting rack for supporting a poultry in an inverted position with only the interior portion of the poultry making physical contact with the support rack. The inverted suspension poultry roasting rack generally includes a base unit, a first member extending upwardly from the base unit at a first angle with respect to the base unit, a second member extending upwardly from the first member, a third member extending downwardly from the second member at a second angle with respect to the base unit, and a hook extending from the distal portion of the third member. A poultry is positioned upon the third member and retained in an inverted position for cooking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Francis D. O'Dea
  • Patent number: 8590715
    Abstract: A rack for carrying or displaying glassware or similar containers holding liquids such as beverages is disclosed. The rack has a planar portion, which may be defined by concentrically arranged wire rings, that supports several yokes around its outer edge. The yokes grasp the containers between outwardly extending arm segments. A straight post handle is joined to the center of the underside of the planar portion of the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Silvio R. Gray
  • Publication number: 20130306583
    Abstract: A divider for shelving units comprising a plurality of horizontal wires a plurality of vertically wires in contact with the plurality of horizontal wires, each contact area attached to form a rigid structure; a base edge having at least one extra horizontal base wire located directly opposite the lowest horizontal wire so as to create a series of base spaces along the base of the divider; at least one attachable divider clip, the divider clip comprises a clip body with a curved end, located in the clip body is a bolt receiving slot; a clip securing mechanism, and at least one hanger structure, which comprises a hook guide that received a slidable hook, the hook guide is attached to the divider near a top edge to a vertical wire in a generally parallel configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Johnnie Caldwell
  • Patent number: 8556090
    Abstract: A storage rack includes a U-shaped top constraint rod, a U-shaped bottom positioning rod, two oblique upper side rods respectively forwardly extended from two distal ends of the U-shaped top constraint rod, two oblique lower side rods respectively backwardly extended from respective bottom ends of the two oblique upper side rods and respectively connected to two distal ends of the U-shaped bottom positioning rod, and a transverse rod transversely connected between the two distal ends of the U-shaped bottom positioning rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Fang-Yin Chen
  • Publication number: 20130256250
    Abstract: The device is designed to secure any camera or video device to a fixed object and allow for tilt and angle adjustments. The cage is unique such that it will allow for any size device to be held securely while maintain the attributes for camera alignment, yet provide access to the operator to access the capabilities of the device and do so while keeping the device secure from theft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Douglas S. HIRSH
  • Patent number: 8499942
    Abstract: A system and method of reinforcement of an extra-wide display shelf for a gravity-fed display system. The shelf includes a front rail, a rear rail and two side rails disposed between the front rail and the rear rail, a plurality of cross-rails extending from the front rail to the rear rail parallel to and between the side rails, and a plurality of horizontal rails disposed under the plurality of cross-rails. The reinforcement system includes a plurality of support rails disposed under and perpendicular to the plurality of horizontal rails, and a plurality of reinforcement rails disposed perpendicular to and under the plurality of support rails. The reinforcement system puts the surface of the shelf in tension or otherwise bends a center region of the surface of the shelf upward when unloaded (or when free of product) to offset downward deflection due to weight of product to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: B-O-F Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Coretti, Jr., Scott R. Hammac, Tracy M. Groholski
  • Patent number: 8479926
    Abstract: A pot lid holding system having a housing with a bottom frame and side frames where each side frame extends upwardly from the bottom frame, and a front and back bar, wherein the front and back bars both connect the first side frame to the second side frame, wherein the bottom frame, the side frames and the bars together form an enclosure with an inner cavity, an indentation in the front bar dips downwardly toward the bottom frame, the indentation is adapted to hold a pot lid, an easel pivotally connected to the housing via a hinge pivot, and a drip tray removably disposed atop the bottom frame, the drip tray is adapted to collect liquids or foods dripping from the pot lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: Timothy Blaisdell
  • Publication number: 20130168343
    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: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Barbara Butts
  • Publication number: 20130168344
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container for the positionally oriented supply of tools or workpieces, having a carrying frame (1) and a base, which is formed from lattice bars (2, 2?), and having workpiece-specific or tool-specific positioning elements (3, 3?) for receiving the workpieces (4, 4?) or tools in a positionally oriented manner, wherein the positioning elements (3, 3?), for positional orientation, are fastened in a releasable manner on two criss-crossing lattice bars (2, 2?).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventors: Guenter Zimmermann, Hermann Sieber
  • Publication number: 20130153520
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for manufacturing support bases for photovoltaic units with a special multilink. The system may include a number of triangular units between which metallic spokes are finally arrested by the screw. In this way, we can create equilateral triangles of selected dimensions, which form a complete unit. A corresponding number of these complete units are assembled to each other by a hexagonal profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: Spyridon Mastroyiannis
  • Patent number: 8464879
    Abstract: A display stand for sheet goods such as desk chair mats has a pair of upright side members and a base coupled to the side members. The base can have an upper surface to support a lower edge of sheet goods in a standing position. A protrusion can define an arcuate front lip along the retaining well. The arcuate front lip can be configured to impart a curvature to facilitate standing of the sheet goods. The upper surface of the base can be configured to have different elevations. A back member can be coupled to the upright side members, and can swing, slide, or both, between an open position to provide access to the sheet goods and a closed position to retain the sheet goods within the display. Signage panels can be coupled between the side members along a tie member to attract customers to the displayed goods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventors: Bailey Jean Black, Jr., Bryan F. Magee
  • Publication number: 20130092647
    Abstract: A storage rack includes a U-shaped top constraint rod, a U-shaped bottom positioning rod, two oblique upper side rods respectively forwardly extended from two distal ends of the U-shaped top constraint rod, two oblique lower side rods respectively backwardly extended from respective bottom ends of the two oblique upper side rods and respectively connected to two distal ends of the U-shaped bottom positioning rod, and a transverse rod transversely connected between the two distal ends of the U-shaped bottom positioning rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: FANG-YIN CHEN
  • Patent number: 8418604
    Abstract: A rack for positioning food slabs in a horizontal cooking area such as over a grill includes a rectangular frame which carries a plurality of bent rod food slab supports at a rearward tilt. Each support includes a pair of outer risers having interned lower ends. The outer risers extend over opposite sides of the frame, with the interned ends extending through apertures in the frame sides. Between the outer risers, the rod is bent in a digital waveform and includes forwardly extending lower cradle having upwardly sloped shoulders for engaging the bottom of a food slab. Notches are provided in the upper edge of the frame sides forwardly of each aperture and a notch engaging post extends from the cradle shoulders which are adjacent each outer riser. The ends of the frame are lapped and hinged, so that the frame may be folded along a longitudinal axis for compact storage, with the slab supports nested within the folded frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Mr. Bar-B-Q-, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Zemel, Wayne B. Margolin
  • Patent number: 8408403
    Abstract: A dish support rack for a dishwasher is formed from composite, preferably ceramic/plastic composite. The dish rack includes front, rear and opposing side walls interconnected with a bottom portion. The dish support rack includes a plurality of tine members. The tine members include a base member from which extend a plurality of tines. Each base member includes a socket and a pin element used to join individual tine members to form tine rows. The tine rows are then fastened to the bottom portion to establish dish support zones in the dish rack. The tines can include one or more elastomeric bumpers positioned at various locations where dishware is likely to contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kristen K. Hedstrom, Michael J. Kramer, Seungwon (Chris) Song
  • Patent number: 8365717
    Abstract: An accessory for a barbecue includes a plurality of frames which are arranged in vertically spaced apart relationship and form an array having an outer perimeter and a central cavity. The array is placed on the solid fuel support of the barbecue, and solid fuel such as charcoal is placed around the outer perimeter of the array. The accessory has a base upon which a container is placed to collect juices from the cooking food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Phillip E. Perry
  • Patent number: 8297451
    Abstract: A stem may comprise a circular base, a plurality of outer ears, and a plurality of outer uprights. The circular base may have a circular outer perimeter centered on a center point of the circular base. The plurality of outer ears may protrude outwardly from the circular outer perimeter. The plurality of outer uprights may be respectively connected to each of the plurality of outer ears at a bottom end of each of the plurality of outer uprights. The plurality of outer uprights may be substantially parallel with each other and may be substantially perpendicular to the circular base. The stem may be configured to allow an additional stem to mateable stack inside the stem. The additional stem may be rotated (with respect to the stem) an incremental amount such that sides of outer ears of the additional stem may respectively contact sides of the outer uprights of the stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Southwire Company
    Inventors: Jeff Dewberry, Frank Calhoun, Robert Creed
  • Publication number: 20120234782
    Abstract: Athletic fields, fairgrounds, parks, construction sites, and other informal outdoor venues often lack ample sheltered, level horizontal surfaces where patrons or workers may securely rest drinking vessels while they eat, exercise, shop, or work. However, vertical barriers such as fences, rails and boundary walls are often present. Variations on a durable, lightweight, versatile, portable open-work rack can be temporarily hung on such vertical barriers, used to hold any of a diverse range of drinking vessels, and removed without leaving a mark on the barrier. Both single- and multiple-vessel racks are stackable for compact storage. Besides drinking vessels, the racks can also support food containers such as fruit or yogurt cups, and other outdoor items such as small potted plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Mark Roskuszka
  • Patent number: 8177271
    Abstract: An increased capacity portable retriever for collecting and dispensing tennis balls utilized on a flat surface comprising a horizontally elongated container having a front retrieving section with a top handle, a rear collecting section pivotably supported by two wheels coaxially mounted at a bottom wall and a front wall dispensing opening with a cover. The front retrieving section contains bottom parallel rods spaced from each other a distance smaller than the tennis ball diameter. The container has horizontal retrieving and vertical dispensing positions. The container includes a compartment capacity regulating element for dispensing balls individually. First method of retrieving, collecting and dispensing tennis balls includes repetitive transferring a substantial group of balls from the retrieving section towards the collecting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Aleksey Zats
    Inventor: Aleksey Zats