Convertible Type Patents (Class 211/2)
  • Patent number: 11110590
    Abstract: An organizer includes a cup including walls, a movable door and, on an exterior portion thereof, a first connector, the walls defining an interior volume and a first opening to the interior volume, the cup further including a movable door constructed to move between an open position in which the interior volume is accessible via the first opening and a closed position in which the first opening is occluded. The organizer also includes a frame defining a second opening to receive the cup, the frame including a second connector adjacent the second opening to engage the first connector of the cup when the cup is positioned within the second opening and to secure the cup to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventor: Frank Joseph Tortorella, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10638888
    Abstract: A tableware article for supporting an edible item in an upright position includes a pair of bowls, a stem, and a bracing element. The stem is coupled to and extends between bottoms of the bowls so that, when a top of one of the pair of bowls is positioned on a substantially horizontal surface, the top of the other of the pair of bowls is configured to insert at least one of an item of food and a utensil. The bracing element is positioned within a respective bowl and is coupled to the bottom of the respective bowl. The bracing element is configured to support at least one of an associated item of food and an associated utensil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Sheila Vanessa Barnes
  • Publication number: 20150060374
    Abstract: An interchangeable home storage system is provided for storing items in an organized manner off the floor that may either be constructed as an overhead storage rack system mounted to the ceiling of a structure such as a garage or, utilizing the same parts, constructed as a combination wall shelf and wall storage system mounted to the wall of the structure. Therefore, a single home storage system may be provided that has multi-purpose components and multiple uses, and the user chooses whether to construct either an overhead storage system or a combination wall shelf and wall storage system utilizing the same multi-purpose components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Todd Mansor
  • Patent number: 8783474
    Abstract: A grab handle mechanism includes a rotatable shelf so that when the grab bar is not used by a person who needs assistance walking it can be rolled on top of the bar camouflaging the bar and can be used for shelving. In addition the shelf can be rotated from a first position above the grab bar where it is disposed in a horizontal plane and camouflages the grab bar to a second position below the grab bar where the shelf is again disposed in a horizontal plane so the grab bar can be used by a person requiring its use for assistance. The shelves can be glass or plastic or other material. In an alternate embodiment instead of a shelf, a basket with a latched lid can be used so that when turned below the bar for use of the bar the contents of the basket do not spill out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey G. Kuhlman
  • 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: 20130270200
    Abstract: A grab handle mechanism includes a rotatable shelf so that when the grab bar is not used by a person who needs assistance walking it can be rolled on top of the bar camouflaging the bar and can be used for shelving. In addition the shelf can be rotated from a first position above the grab bar where it is disposed in a horizontal plane and camouflages the grab bar to a second position below the grab bar where the shelf is again disposed in a horizontal plane so the grab bar can be used by a person requiring its use for assistance. The shelves can be glass or plastic or other material. In an alternate embodiment instead of a shelf, a basket with a latched lid can be used so that when turned below the bar for use of the bar the contents of the basket do not spill out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey G. Kuhlman
  • Publication number: 20120138547
    Abstract: This application is for guitar case rack or stand that can compactly hold a plurality of guitar cases, can roll, spin, or remain stationary. Case lids can be left open or closed, but the guitars remain substantially protected even with the lids left open. The case rack can transform into a dolly, and in this configuration, it stores extremely compactly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventors: Dorothea M. Colwell, Peter F. Colwell
  • Patent number: 7963533
    Abstract: An all-terrain retail merchandising unit or kiosk that can be used outdoors and across grass and gravel for outdoor events. The all-terrain retail merchandising unit can include a chassis, pneumatic tires, and steering that can provide the all-terrain retail merchandising unit with mobility across grass, gravel, and any other uneven or non-flat surfaces. The all-terrain retail merchandising unit can be used inside facilities, moved across a campus, shifted from place-to-place during indoor or outdoor events, and loaded on trucks or trailers for away events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Wenger Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Bothun, Todd Hanson, Michael D. Jines, Gregg S. Nelson, Dan Swedberg
  • Publication number: 20110067739
    Abstract: A multi-functional foldable frame is revealed. The multi-functional foldable frame includes two C-shaped frames, two H-shaped frames, and a flat rack. By the H-shaped frame pivoted to and located with each vertical segment of the two C-shaped frames and a demountable horizontal tube part of the other H-shaped frame, the frame is folded inward around an axis respectively located on a connection between the two C-shaped frames and the H-shaped frame. Thus the volume of the frame after being folded is reduced and this is beneficial to easy carrying and transportation. Moreover, the frame is applied to bath chairs, chamber pots, walking aids, shelves and so on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventor: Ching-Hsiu Ma
  • Publication number: 20100133207
    Abstract: A cart for an outboard motor allows the motor to be installed on the cart, raised into a vertical position, and transported with relative ease. A storage, transportation and maintenance rack is also provided. The outboard motor cart fits into the storage, transportation and maintenance rack. When secured therein, the cart and rack, with the outboard motor installed, can be easily transported and/or stored. The cart and rack include additional features that fit within the profile of the cart and/or rack and allow for storage and transportation of fuel, oil and other components required for operation and maintenance of the motor. Methods for installing an outboard motor to an outboard motor cart and for installing the outboard motor cart and outboard motor into the storage, transportation and maintenance are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventors: Jacqueline Milan Dolch, Richard Rocke Scriven
  • Publication number: 20080308508
    Abstract: The dual purpose rack and divider assembly of this invention has a base, wings, base slats, and cross slats which can be assemble in either a rack or a divider configuration. A mortise on the base and tenons on the wings and base slats provide an interlocking mechanism that allow transformation from a divider to a rack and to provide stability when in the rack configuration. The base has parallel mortises in a spaced relationship. The wings has one or more toes or tenons with a taper for insertion into and interlocking in the mortises on the base. The wings can be pivotally attached to the base. The base slats have one or more tenons with a taper for insertion into and interlocking in the mortises in the base. The toes on the base slats straddle the toe(s) of the wings when in the configuration of a rack. The base slats have at least two slots in a parallel spaced relationship with the slots extending half way across the base slats.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2007
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventor: Roger D. Fischer
  • Patent number: 6138842
    Abstract: A point of sale display with a collapsible base assembly removably mounted to one end of an elongated tubular member with a square cross-section. The elongated tubular member includes a lateral wall with slots therealong to receive the ends of supporting walls and arm assemblies that are removably mounted to the longitudinal walls in perpendicular relationship thereto. In one alternative embodiment two of the supporting walls are hingedly mounted, otherwise they include lateral hook terminations. Flat portions are removably mounted on the supporting walls and arm assemblies to provide flat surfaces kept at spaced apart and parallel relationship with respect to each other to support goods in display. In another configuration, the elongated tubular member is used as a wheelbarrow by transferring the weight of the display to the wheel assembly, at one end of the elongated tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: CRR Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventor: Ciro Rios
  • Patent number: 5984441
    Abstract: A module is provided with a plane, tools can be fixed on both sides of the plane. The module can be positioned in either a coupled position in which the module is coupled to an adjacent module, or a hanging position in which the module is secured to a wall, the module includes a coupling device. The coupling device permits, when in the coupled position, multiple modules to be ordered in any sequence such that each of the multiple modules can pivot with respect to an adjacent module. The coupling device supports the separate module when the module is in the hanging position, the module is pivotable about an axis defined by a wall mounted holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Inventor: Michiel Frederik Stokhuijzen
  • Patent number: 5484065
    Abstract: This invention provides a disposable drinking vessel that can also be used as a disposable toothbrush holder. The drinking vessel such as a glass or cup has break-through tabs that are located on either or both the bottom base sections or side sections of the vessel. These tabs have slits that can easily be pushed through and a toothbrush holder supported therein. The tabs are leakproof until a pressure is exerted on it to open the slits in the tabs and provide an opening for a toothbrush handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1996
    Inventors: Frank Davoli, Jr., Cherri D. Davoli
  • Patent number: 5472098
    Abstract: A multipurpose combination book rack comprises two side plates, each of which is provided with a top bevel. An upper cross rod and a lower cross rods are removably mounted across the two side plates. The lower cross rod is positioned adjacent a front cross rod which is greater in height than the lower cross rod to define a shoulder therewith. The upper and the lower cross rods are provided respectively with a plurality of arcuate recesses for displaying a large-sized hardcover book, and with a plurality of recesses for displaying the beverage bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1995
    Inventor: Cheng-Cheng Ho
  • Patent number: 5284256
    Abstract: A child's book stand is provided which includes a first support member, a second support member, and at least one elongated shelf which may be removably attached to either the first support member or the second support member. Each shelf has a protruding lip that extends along the front of the shelf, and each shelf is adapted for displaying a book in a forwardly facing orientation. The first support member may be removably connected to the second support member at their top and mid portions. The first support member and the second support member may also be separately mounted on a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1994
    Inventor: Holly E. K. Correll-Antoun
  • Patent number: 5273248
    Abstract: A pair of boards are hinged together to form a double sided easel. The boards can be moved to a coplanar position to form a child's bed. The easel has a pair of easel trays that become legs for the bed. Side boards on the outer sides of the boards become side rails on the bed. End boards on the boards support the easel on a supporting surface and become a head board and a foot board for the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1993
    Inventor: Catherine V. Grander
  • Patent number: 5054622
    Abstract: A clothes stand formed of an orified vertical base member which supports an upstanding axle on which are mounted a plurality of rotatable clothes support members, is convertable into a Christmas tree by removing the axle and clothes support members from the orifice in the base member and replacing them with an element insertable in the orifice which serves to support a vertically orificed tubular shaft of a smaller size than the axle, and on which shaft are mounted a series of annular elements from each of which extend a plurality of needled branches of such lengths as to simulate the tapered appearance of a Christmas pine tree. After serving as a Christmas tree, it may be converted back to a clothes stand by replacing the support element shaft and annular elements with the axle and clothes support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Inventor: Kil J. Lee
  • Patent number: 4884714
    Abstract: A releasably securable utility rack is disclosed. The rack can be releasably affixed through suction cups or magnets, alongside a sink, or any other convenient location, to guide run-off water or other liquids, through an appropriately-sized and shaped lip-extension, into the sink. Various attachments to the rack can provide, for example, dish holding means to contain dishes, or a cutting surface to prepare food on. The rack may be made from either a rubber-coated base or a similar material, such as extruded plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1989
    Inventor: James B. Bechtel
  • Patent number: 4712692
    Abstract: A stowable shelf/rack assembly having a shelf or rack member for supporting articles placed thereon or hung or depending therefrom, and a pair of hangers pivotally connected to either side of the shelf member and pivotable between a first position in which the hangers are oriented transverse to the rack with a first hook portion extending rearwardly of the assembly and adapted to hang on and be supported by a bar or other member affixed to a wall or similar surface, and a second position in which the major portion of each of the hangers lies generally in the same plane as and rests on the rack with a second hook portion extending rearwardly from the front of the assembly and engageable when said hangers are in the second position with a shelf or other support member for supporting the collapsed assembly in close contact with one surface thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1987
    Assignee: Selfix, Inc.
    Inventor: Alice A. Peinsipp
  • Patent number: 4550840
    Abstract: A portable, collapsible and light weight household device as provided and having a plurality of spider-like arms extending from a mast. The spider assembly can be mounted to the mast with the arms extending upwardly wherein the associated cables may be used to support clothes for drying. If the spider assembly is inverted with the legs pointing in a downward direction, the device can be used as a patio umbrella if covered with a tarp, piece of plastic or the like. Collar members are fitted about the mast and permit the spider assembly to be positioned at any convenient height. A drawstring arrangement allows the spider to be easily folded and unfolded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1985
    Inventor: Aad Van Deursen
  • Patent number: 4541131
    Abstract: An open rectangular frame with object-storing trays slidably and rotatably mounted in spanning relation between the long sides of the frame, and opposite extending supports from said frame which enable the frame to be horizontally oriented across the sides of a bathtub and thus function as a bath accessory, and when only one extended support is used, the same is effective to vertically suspend the frame from the shower nozzle or the like, and thereby contribute to its functioning as a shower accessory, and wherein the trays are appropriately rotated in accordance with the horizontal or vertical orientation of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1985
    Inventor: Howard Sussman
  • Patent number: 4480343
    Abstract: The board consists of a planar member having first and second surfaces. The first surface, upon which a dish rack may be placed, is supported by legs at an incline and is provided with upwardly extending protrusions designed to engage the dish rack to prevent same from slipping along the first surface. The effective length of the support legs can be altered to change the incline. Other protrusions extending from the first surface cooperate with upstanding walls to retain utensils. The second surface functions as a cutting board and is supported at an incline, in part, by the dish rack engaging protrusions. Upstanding parallel ribs form a horizontal platform above one of the surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1984
    Inventor: Edward Drach
  • Patent number: 4463854
    Abstract: A book support assembly comprises a system of adjustable bookends including two end members connected together by a relaxed cord which cord is adjustable in length by use of a manually operated mechanical windlass device. The book support assembly is convertable from bookends to a lectern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1984
    Inventor: David D. MacKenzie
  • Patent number: 4449879
    Abstract: A dry wall panel lift is provided in which a vertical support has spaced apart legs of about ceiling height and at least two crossbars, one at full height and one at worktable height.A work frame has a pivotal detachable connection at one end to one of the crossbars and legs of worktable height at the other end extending away from the work surface of the frame.A stiff leg is pivotally connected to the end of the work frame opposite the connection and is of length about equal ceiling height.A work stop extends across the work frame in the region remote from the connection. When one end of the work frame is lowered to slope downwardly from the connection, the stop will restrain a ceiling panel on the work frame preparatory to elevating the panel to ceiling height. The work frame can be connected to either of the bars for selectively functioning as a ceiling panel lift or for a worktable support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1984
    Assignee: Henry A. McAdams
    Inventor: James E. Mercer
  • Patent number: 4150752
    Abstract: A multi-position display rack for eyeglasses comprising a frame that is triangular in cross-section and composed of panels connected along the edges, one corner of said frame having a narrow rib projecting outwardly therefrom and the outer edge of said rib having notches therein to receive nose bridges of eyeglass frames and the panels adjacent said rib having apertures therein to receive the temples of said frames. Several embodiments of frames are included, one being formed by folding a sheet of material along fold lines, and another being of rigid construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1979
    Assignee: Dentsply Research & Development Corp.
    Inventors: Grant Breining, Ronald C. Webb
  • Patent number: 4131202
    Abstract: A console has a receiver for a gun barrel and a groove in the front of a cover to hold the stock of a rifle, when the console is open. The console has an access door in the cover to use the console to store articles when not carrying guns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1978
    Inventor: Lyle K. Hansen
  • Patent number: 4111307
    Abstract: A divider for separating sections of merchandise display rows has a divider frame which may include a divider panel on the frame and a pair of static mounts also on the frame. A plurality of interchangeable display units each with a pair of attachment means are adapted to fit releasably either to static mounts on the frame or pivot mounts on the frame such that various display units may be attached and detached from the merchandise section divider in static or rotatable position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1978
    Assignee: The Peggs Company Inc.
    Inventor: Albert L. Peggs
  • Patent number: 4069996
    Abstract: A packing jacket and holder for ice cream cones including a generally tubular body tapering inwardly from one end for receiving a sugar cone in said one end, and having an enlarged cup on the other end for receiving the enlarged head of a cake cone in the enlarged cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1978
    Inventor: Leon W. Koziol
  • Patent number: 3999734
    Abstract: A display holder including a recessed base and one or more grooved support members. These units may be associated in four different positional relationships, and a range of distance adjustments, to give a very versatile platform or easel type of display holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1975
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1976
    Assignee: Gibson Holders, Inc.
    Inventors: Galen G. Gibson, Russell L. Peterson, Edward H. Rouse