Horizontal Rod Supported By One Or More Uprights (e.g., Hanger Rod, Etc.) Patents (Class 211/204)
  • Patent number: 10660439
    Abstract: A bracket mechanism is configured to facilitate connection of multiple rail elements to form an elongated element to span over a work space and/or to help support a continuous integral element spanning over a work space. The bracket mechanism can be configured to help ensure the rigidity of the elongated element positioned over the work space so that the elongated element does not sag or bow downwards as it extends over the work space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Knoll, Inc.
    Inventors: James Harrison McKenzie, James Eldon, David McClanahan, Christopher Bender
  • Patent number: 10405657
    Abstract: A bracket mechanism is configured to facilitate connection of multiple rail elements to form an elongated element to span over a work space and/or to help support a continuous integral element spanning over a work space. The bracket mechanism can be configured to help ensure the rigidity of the elongated element positioned over the work space so that the elongated element does not sag or bow downwards as it extends over the work space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Knoll, Inc.
    Inventors: James Harrison McKenzie, James Eldon, David McClanahan, Christopher Bender
  • Patent number: 9565932
    Abstract: A very light weight portable garment rack includes a first hanging rod segment and a second hanging rod segment, insertable into the first hanging rod segment, to assemble a garment hanging rod. Both the first and second hanging rod segments have perpendicular stub segments. First and second stanchions have upper insertable segments for insertion into the perpendicular stub segments to support the garment hanging rod, and lower insertable segments. A bottom support frame has two stanchion mounting segments, each fitted to the receive the lower insertable segments of the respective first and second stanchions. The first and second stanchions each have an upper support member having the upper insertable segment and an upper support member lower insertable segment, and a lower support member having the lower insertable segment and fitted to receive the upper support member lower insertable segment to assemble the respective stanchion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: LifeSafety Power, Inc.
    Inventor: James F. Hirsch
  • Patent number: 9462901
    Abstract: A portable, freestanding, adjustable, and deconstructable personal viewing device. The personal viewing device may comprise a removably coupled base member, mast member, and branch member. The base member, mast member, and branch member, when coupled, can be freestanding or the base member can be configured to fit under a surface designed for a person in the supine position. The branch member can be configured to hold an appliance, such as a mirror or a flashlight. The branch member can also be configured rotate to allow viewing from a standing, sitting, or supine position. The personal viewing device comprises components that are coupled without the use of fasteners and can be deconstructed with limited dexterity. When deconstructed, the personal viewing device can be transported and reconstructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: ADProducts, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald E. Dolar, Dan C. Cummings, Russell D. Marshall, Bobby G. Head, Timothy W. Bardell, Steven M. Albrecht
  • Patent number: 9364104
    Abstract: The subject invention comprises a collapsible display fixture that includes a base, two vertical support posts that can accept vertical display panels, a horizontal crossbar and hinge that connects each vertical support post to the base. The hinge may be one of two forms, either a hinge with an axis of rotation at an angle of 2-6 degrees, or preferably 3 degrees, or a hinge with a rotatable base that allows the hinge to be rotated 2-6 degrees, or preferably 3 degrees. These hinges allow the vertical support posts to be folded down without intersecting or contacting one another. The vertical display panels integrate an internal pin system, whether the panel is solid or a combination of two laminated layers, such that the pins are accessible from the outside to accept hangers, pins, pegs, hooks or other display accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: OPTO INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Graham Robert Wood, Brett A. Woodley, Erich Haller
  • Patent number: 9215940
    Abstract: A display fixture includes a shelf display including a main body having a front side and a backside, a plurality of shelves coupled to the front side of the main body and adapted to support merchandise and a back support attached to the backside of the main body and extending from the backside of the main body. The display fixture also includes a rack display including a frame having at least one substantially vertical member located on a first side of the rack display, at least one substantially vertical member located on a second side of the rack display and at least one arm coupled to the frame to support hanging merchandise. A plurality of fasteners secure the at least one substantially vertical member to the back support of the shelf display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Laura L. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 8967402
    Abstract: A fixture for the presentation of goods having at least two frame legs fixed at a defined distance from one another, wherein first retaining means for fixing presentation fittings between the frame legs and second retaining means for fixing wall elements are arranged on the sides of the frame legs which face one another, wherein the wall elements can be fixed to the second retaining means by magnetic forces, and in each case rest against or border at least one presentation fitting and cover the area between the frame legs in such a way that the first retaining means and the second retaining means are not visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Mladen Pintur
  • Patent number: 8959813
    Abstract: A convertible fixture includes a support structure and a vertical extender. The support structure includes a pair of vertical supports, each defining an open top end. The vertical extender is adjustably coupled with the support structure and includes side arms and a middle bar. The side arms extend substantially parallel to each other and each defines a top end. Each side arm is formed with a single closed shape cross section and is slidably received within a different vertical support of the pair of vertical supports. The middle bar extends between the side arms and includes two substantially parallel rails defining an elongated slot between the substantially parallel rails. The elongated slot extends along a majority of a length of the middle bar. The side arms and the middle bar are formed as a single, unitary component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Denby, Joseph R. Stukenberg, Timothy James Martell, Daniel Joseph Noll
  • Patent number: 8936166
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a collapsible garment rail assembly that can be stacked with similar garment rail assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: The Garment Rail Company Limited
    Inventor: Thomas Stephen Hornsby
  • Patent number: 8905249
    Abstract: Utilization of event drapery for visual aids, and similar purposes is facilitated by insertion of an intermediate support bar between vertically disposed and relatively spaced posts supported at their bottoms by base plates and secured at their tops by an upper support bar. A clamp, positionable and securable, at any one of a relatively infinite number of positions along each post, functions to secure support bar receivers in place which, in turn, receive respective ends of the intermediate support bar to facilitate disposition of the visual aid and further event drapery. A base plate supports a pair of vertical posts and facilitates positioning two sets of drapes back to back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: R. Dru Whitacre
  • Patent number: 8813979
    Abstract: A product display unit for providing the consumer with an opportunity to position a major part of the body against the product being displayed includes a stand that has a height, a length, a top, and a bottom. A plurality of products are coupled in the vicinity of the top of the stand. The plurality of products are spaced from one another along the length of the stand. The stand has a height that allows the consumer to position a major part of the body below the top of the stand adjacent the products such that the consumer can feel the products being displayed. A method for providing a consumer with the touch and feel of an article utilizing a display unit includes providing a display unit that includes a stand, hanging a plurality of products from the stand, and allowing the consumer to position a major portion of their body against the products in order to determine what the product would feel like in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: HomTex, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald E. Wootten, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140152063
    Abstract: A composite frame includes a frame body including two support units, two lower connecting rods, two suspending units and an upper connecting rod that are removably connectable together so that the constructed frame body is structurally stable, while assembly and disassembly of the same are manually operable and convenient to allow for effective storage and cost reduction in terms of packaging and delivery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: Yi-Chen Huang
  • Patent number: 8714369
    Abstract: A furniture display rack aims to hold at least one set of outdoor furniture which includes a table, at least one chair and a parasol. The furniture display rack comprises a first rack, a second rack connected to one end of the first rack and a support rack. The first rack includes a first retaining bar and a first holding space between two ends of the first retaining bar to hold the table. The first retaining bar has an insertion portion insertable by the parasol and two first retaining portions at two ends thereof leaned by the table. The second rack includes a pair of base beams respectively connected to one end of a support post and a second holding space between the two base beams to hold the chair. The furniture display rack thus formed can hold and display the furniture in smaller display space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Keysheen Industry (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lausan Chung-Hsin Liu, Shopo Hsin Tsu Liu, Fibro Tsu Kun Liu
  • Patent number: 8595952
    Abstract: A laundry apparatus comprising a housing having an exterior and defining a recess opening to the exterior and a hanging assembly slidably disposed in the recess. In a stored position the hanging assembly is disposed at least partially in the recess and in a use position the hanging assembly is disposed at least partially exteriorly of the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Browne, Benjamin D. Lowell, Robert J. Messersmith, Christopher A. Warner
  • Patent number: 8434630
    Abstract: A method of assembling a merchandising system includes providing a retail display fixture including first and second ends each supporting the retail display fixture on a floor. The method further includes providing a display fixture accessory releasably secured to the retail display fixture and coupling an accessory sheath to the retail display fixture. The accessory sheath includes two substantially planar panels extending substantially parallel to one another and defining a cavity between the two substantially planar panels, a top panel extending between and coupled to each of the two substantially planar panels, and an open bottom providing access to the cavity. Coupling the accessory sheath to the retail display fixture includes sliding the accessory sheath over the display fixture accessory to substantially enclose the display fixture accessory within the cavity such that the accessory sheath substantially covers an entirety of two opposite sides of the display fixture accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy A. Clark, Michael A. Whittier, David H. Cheney, James S. LaRue
  • Patent number: 8328029
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments provide a generally open-frame storage rack having a pair of overhead bridging lifts, each lift further having a pair of side opposed cables extending therefrom. The framework for the storage rack is fabricated using stock automotive exhaust components, which yields a synergistic combination of ready reforming, substantial strength, low weight, and excellent corrosion and chemical resistance. The preferred rack structure is assembled from sufficiently short lengths to enable shipment using standard commercial carriers and rates. Additional novel features and combinations are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventors: Arthur J. Binsfeld, Michael A. Oevermann
  • Patent number: 8191720
    Abstract: Assembling a merchandising system includes placing a display fixture on a floor in a retail environment, where the display fixture includes a first end assembly supported on the floor, a second end assembly supported on the floor, a first cross-piece, and a second cross-piece, each of the first and second cross-pieces extending between the first and second end assemblies and substantially parallel to one another. A display fixture accessory is releasably secured to the display fixture and an accessory sheath is slid over the display fixture accessory by sliding an open bottom of the accessory sheath over the display fixture accessory until a top of the accessory sheath abuts a top of the display fixture accessory and the accessory sheath covers a substantial portion of the display fixture accessory. The accessory sheath includes a plurality of substantially horizontal bracket slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy A. Clark, Michael A. Whittier, David H. Cheney, James S. LaRue
  • Publication number: 20120111820
    Abstract: A rack for holding articles includes a plurality of sets of vertical battens, a plurality of sets of horizontal battens that are clamped together with the plurality of sets of vertical battens, a long connecting screw piece that extends through each set of horizontal and vertical battens, and a supplementary connecting screw that connects the front horizontal batten and the front vertical batten. The screw piece defines a pivot axis for folding the battens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: SEVILLE CLASSICS, INC.
    Inventor: Gary M. Lim
  • Publication number: 20120007343
    Abstract: A stable extendable apparatus is provided which includes top, bottom, front and rear structures coupled together. The top and bottom structures each include at least one extendable member which defines a minimum length in a longitudinal retracted position and a maximum length in a longitudinal extended position. The front and rear structures each includes a first side support, a second side support, and an extendable cross-support to couple the first and second side supports together. Extension or retraction of the extendable cross-support changes an angle of orientation of the first side support relative to the second side support. The first rear side support, the second rear side support, and the extendable rear cross-support correspond to positions of the respective front supports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Rustin Webster, Jeremy T. Clark, Ryan Manning
  • Patent number: 8028846
    Abstract: Assembly of a structurally sound modular shelving system includes forming an H-shaped base structure, or otherwise-shaped base structure, by releasably hooking a tie beam into a first base piece and a second base piece. A first column member is slid into the first base piece by sliding an insert tab at an end of an elongate body of the first column into a vertical passage through the first base piece. A second column member is similarly slid into a second base piece. A header member is releasably hooked into the first and second columns, the header member extending substantially horizontally between the first and second columns and substantially perpendicularly to the first and second base pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Peota, Robert D. Yoder, Andrew A. Enyart, Mark A. Campbell, Steven C. Thompson
  • Patent number: 7946434
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a folding collapsible clothes rack. The rack includes two fixed side frames and two retractable side frames pivotally connected separately to the two fixed side frames. A pair of reinforcing links are pivoted together and coupled between the fixed side frames. In addition, a cross hanger tube is secured between the two retractable side frames and is able to be removably attached from one of them. The rack may also include a plurality of pockets positioned about the retractable side frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Honey-Can-Do International, LLC
    Inventor: Steve Greenspon
  • Patent number: 7946435
    Abstract: Assembling a merchandising system includes placing a display fixture on a floor in a retail environment, where the display fixture includes a first end assembly supported on the floor, a second end assembly supported on the floor, a first cross-piece, and a second cross-piece, each of the first and second cross-pieces extending between the first and second end assemblies and being substantially parallel to one another. A display fixture accessory is releasably secured to the display fixture and an accessory sheath is slid over the display fixture accessory by sliding an open bottom of the accessory sheath over the display fixture accessory until a top of the accessory sheath abuts a top of the display fixture accessory and the accessory sheath covers a substantial portion of the display fixture accessory. The accessory sheath includes a plurality of substantially horizontal bracket slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy A. Clark, Michael A. Whittier, David H. Cheney, James S. LaRue
  • Patent number: 7770743
    Abstract: A support structure for hanging plants. The support structure includes a plurality of frames having a plurality of clamping sites formed thereon and a plurality of mounting members formed thereon. A plurality of rods are supported by the frames for suspending the hanging plants therefrom, wherein at least two frames support each rod. A plurality of clamping members are connectable to a respective clamping site for securing the rods to the frames. The frames are supported by a base portion, wherein a plurality of elongate support members extend between the base portion and the frames to hold the frames above the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventors: Matt Janowak, Gary Lowell
  • Patent number: 7731136
    Abstract: A multifunctional medical equipment supporting apparatus effectively includes a mobile frame, a telescopically adjustable shaft, and a concave base member with an annular outer circumference raised above a ground surface. Such a base member is statically affixed to the female member and spaced from the male member, and a plurality of casters are pivotally coupled to an underside of the base member and equidistantly juxtaposed along the outer circumference. The apparatus further includes a mechanism for receiving and maintaining an existing oxygen tank adjacently positioned to the frame such that the existing oxygen tank is automatically raised from an initial lowered position to an elevated position as an oxygen volume is depleted from the existing oxygen tank. A mechanism for conveniently receiving and suspending a plurality of existing intra-venous fluid-dispensing bags is located adjacent to a top portion of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Inventors: Cory Chisolm, Gary Chisolm
  • Patent number: 7617767
    Abstract: A roasting apparatus for cooking meat in an oven includes a rod, a pair of hooks and a frame. The rod extends between opposite ends along a longitudinal axis. The pair of hooks are coupled to said rod and spaced apart to retain the meat therebetween on the rod. The frame has a pair of spaced apart and generally upright end walls for supporting respective ends of the rod. The end walls are pivotally coupled to a bottom wall for movement between a collapsed position and an upright use position. A pair of side walls is hookingly engageable with the side walls to maintain the side walls in the use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Allaround Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Osterman
  • Publication number: 20090184073
    Abstract: A clothes hanging stand device mainly has a pair of vertical stand oppositely facing with each other, several frames connecting the pair of vertical stand and a shelf stand set up in the hanging space formed by the pair of vertical stand. The expansion or contraction of the shelf stand can provide an enlarged two-level hanging space, or a full height hanging space for apparel. Furthermore, the hanging space can be further expanded to the outside of the pair of the vertical stand by the extending of an extending rod of the horizontal oriented frame. Quick assembling and disassembling among the components can be achieved. Additionally, the whole device after collapse takes little volume space for easy store-up.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Applicant: Kuang-Huan Fu
    Inventor: Ching-Chen Lu
  • Publication number: 20090001033
    Abstract: A closet device or wardrobe whereby cross-supports to the bars for hanging clothing lead to increased stability and load capacity. A cross-support is simply connected to the top of the frame and can be a wire with bends at its two ends and two body sections that lead to a middle section wherein an obtuse angle is made as the two halves of the cross-support come together. The bends hook or hang on opposite sides of the upper frame of the wardrobe . The hang bar can rest on the angled middle section of the cross support, which provides additional support to the hang bar from the usual connections of the hang bar to the frame at the hang bar's two ends. This additional support to the hang bar results in increased stability, durability and load capacity for the wardrobe or closet device. The cross support can be in the form of a wire, a tube a rod, a beam, or any other structural type supporting element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Applicant: MORAN, INC
    Inventor: James SUNG
  • Patent number: 7444730
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for lifting a plurality of reinforcing bars (rebars) all at one time, and holding them in vertical position while they are connected one at a time to the upper ends of steel elements such as bolts or reinforcing bars protruding from concrete. The apparatus has an elongate lower element with a row of blind holes or recesses in its upper end to receive the lower ends of the bars. An elongate upper element has a row of through holes in registry with the blind holes. The two elements are held apart by cables. A cover on the side of the upper element opens so that the sides of the through holes are exposed so that the bars can be loaded on the sides of the through holes and into the blind holes. The cover is then closed and the apparatus lifted by a crane from the upper element to a position close to the steel elements. Each bar is then lifted from the blind hole, while sliding in the through hole. It is then connected to a steel element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Inventors: Laurence Lee Beatty, German Fajardo
  • Publication number: 20080061021
    Abstract: Utilization of event drapery for visual aids, and similar purposes is facilitated by insertion of an intermediate support bar between vertically disposed and relatively spaced posts supported at their bottoms by base plates and secured at their tops by an upper support bar. A clamp, positionable and securable, at any one of a relatively infinite number of positions along each post, functions to secure support bar receivers in place which, in turn, receive respective ends of the intermediate support bar to facilitate disposition of the visual aid and further event drapery. A base plate supports a pair of vertical posts and facilitates positioning two sets of drapes back to back.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Inventor: R. Dru Whitacre
  • Patent number: 7325696
    Abstract: An adjustable automotive clothes rod assembly having multiple telescoping clothes rod segments that may be securely attached to one another through a T-shaped male member having a pair of wings and a keyhole-shaped female member having a pair of channels for accepting the wings of the male member. Each of the clothing rod segments comprises an outer sleeve and an inner sleeve that is sized to permit it to move in telescopic relation to the outer sleeve. The end of the inner sleeve includes a retaining end member for attaching the clothes rod assembly to the inside of a vehicle. In a preferred embodiment, the retaining end member includes both a loop and a hook for attaching to a hook or a handle of a vehicle, respectively. The inner sleeve also preferably may be selectively secured within the outer sleeve to maintain the clothes rod assembly in either extended or retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Custom Accessories, Inc.
    Inventors: Norman L. Matthew, Vincent Alesi
  • Patent number: 7249679
    Abstract: A self-standing shoe rack or other type of shoe rack such as a hanging shoe rack which can expand lengthwise due to telescoping shoe support bars. Opposite frame sides may have equal-size sockets that receive identical end tubes. The end tubes fit telescopically in center tubes to allow length adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Lynk, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard B. Klein
  • Patent number: 7121418
    Abstract: A store fixture for displaying apparel or other hangable merchandise employs a horizontal support bar that is supported at an elevated position, and at least one swing-arm hang bar is pivotally supported situated underneath the horizontal support bar. The swing-arm hang bar has one or more projecting rods or tubes serving as arms on which the hangable merchandise can be suspended. The swing arm has a sleeve journaled on a pivot that is affixed to the support arm. There is a detent arrangement provided between the pivot and the sleeve, so that the swing-arm hang bar releasably locks into a first position that is at one angle to the horizontal support bar, parallel to the support bar, and a second position that is at another angle, a right angle, to it. Store personnel can change the orientation of the hang bars by simply lifting them up slightly to release the detents and ten rotating them to the desired position. Re-arranging the hang bars does not require any tools, nor removal or installation of any parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Inventor: Randal J. Stier
  • Patent number: 7104412
    Abstract: A clothes drying rack including a free standing frame that supports a plurality of rods from which articles of clothing can be suspended. Specifically, the clothes drying rack includes a plurality of rods wherein each rod has corrugated exterior to facilitate passage of air between the clothing and the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Inventor: Teng Long Yong
  • Patent number: 7077277
    Abstract: A foot assembly includes two first legs each having a first ring provided with a first limiting recess defined in an inner face of the first ring and a first finger extending from the inner face of the first ring, two second legs each having a second ring and a second limiting recess defined in an inner face of the second ring to movably receive therein the first finger of the first ring and two joints each having a third ring, a tube and a tubular extension formed on a bottom rim of the third ring to extend into the first ring and the second ring. The joint has a second finger to be movably received in the first limiting recess such that the first leg is able to align with the second leg for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Inventor: Chi-Chung Wang
  • Patent number: 7000787
    Abstract: A rack assembly has side supports with unblemished exterior surfaces because a plurality of telescoping tubes are connected between interior instead of exterior surfaces of the side supports. Since the tubes are telescoping, the rack assembly is expandable to a selected length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Inventor: Sandy A. Felsenthal
  • Publication number: 20040188370
    Abstract: An organizing device provides a stand for hanging items thereon. The stand includes a base for supporting the stand in a generally vertical orientation during operation. A pivoting hang rod supports items thereon and further may provide support of the stand in a generally vertical orientation. The hang rod pivots to an extended position for supporting items thereon and to a position adjacent a support member when not in use. The stand may also provide rotatable operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2003
    Publication date: September 30, 2004
    Inventors: John Richard Nawrocki, Jennifer L. Cardinell
  • Patent number: 6796446
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for adjusting the relative position between a pair of elongate, tubular shafts using an adjustment mechanism having a wedge element operably moveable along a ramp by shifting of an actuator member. The adjustment mechanism is configured to reduce binding thereof by supporting the actuator member in more than one location to maintain desirable contact between the wedge element and the ramp and the inner wall of the one of the pair of shafts, providing for an increased range of movement of the wedge element along the ramp to prevent undesirable frictional engagement between the actuator member and the ramp, and by providing a stop to substantially maintain the wedge element from unintentionally withdrawing into the inner shaft and wedged therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: La-La Imports LP
    Inventors: Paul M. Segall, S. Fu Wang
  • Patent number: 6789688
    Abstract: A display rack comprises a pair of vertical supports, and a number of shelves which can be placed at various locations on the supports. To accommodate shelves of different widths, the vertical supports are interconnected by diagonal braces whose angle can be changed to alter the spacing between the supports, while maintaining them parallel and vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: SMP Industries
    Inventors: Michael Paul Roush, Billy Ray Lofty
  • Patent number: 6761274
    Abstract: A rack includes a horizontal framework for holding or displaying various things. The horizontal framework can be adjusted in height by a plurality of expandable units by which the horizontal framework is mounted on a base. The expandable units are formed of an outer tube, and an inner tube slidably fitted into the outer tube in conjunction with a locating structure having a cylindrical seat, a sleeve, and an elastic lock ring. The lock ring is retained in one end of the sleeve which is rotatably fastened to the cylindrical seat. The bottom end of the inner tube is slidably fitted into the top end of the outer tube and is embraced by the lock ring which is made compact to embrace tightly the bottom end of the inner tube when the sleeve is turned clockwise. The lock ring is relieved of the pressure when the sleeve is turned counterclockwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Inventor: Ching-Fei Chen
  • Patent number: 6745909
    Abstract: A coat rack includes two expandable upright tubes, each upright tube being formed of an inner tube, an outer tube, and an expandable and contractable tightening ring. The inner tube is rotatably fastened at the top end to a top cross bar and is provided at the bottom end with a tapered outer threaded portion which is engaged with an inner threaded portion of the tightening ring. The bottom end of the inner tube is slidably disposed in the top end of the outer tube such that the inner tube is securely located in the outer tube by a clockwise rotation of the inner tube, and such that the inner tube becomes slidable in the outer tube by a counterclockwise rotation of the inner tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Inventor: Hsiu-Chen Lai
  • Patent number: 6702130
    Abstract: A door painting rack holds one or more doors for finishing by a painter. A base member has a lower support pin and a stop while an extension extends upwardly from the base member. An extension arm extends outwardly in fixed fashion from the extension arm and has a spring-loaded upper support pin located thereon, the upper support pin facing and aligned with the lower support pin. A door is positioned between the two support pins. A portion of the base member, the extension arm, and the extension support may each be telescoping in appropriate fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Inventor: James Donnie Carlilse
  • Publication number: 20020195411
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved structure of a tube rack with telescoping function, more especially a structure focuses on the garment rack, the computer desk, the umbrella or any structure that can be adjusted according to the desired length or height in use for efficiently handling; the entire structure of the present invention comprises an outer sleeve, a threaded sleeve, an inner link, a telescopic shaft link with a fitting spring and a retaining seat; furthermore, through the motion utility of the retaining seat and the telescopic shaft link fitted with the spring, the present invention can be adjusted more efficiently to the user's satisfactory degree.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2001
    Publication date: December 26, 2002
    Inventor: Lin-Ho Liu
  • Patent number: 6431374
    Abstract: A display unit having a relatively long, straight, leg and a plurality of hanger arms extending from one side of the leg. The hanger arms are equally spaced apart and parallel to each other and extend at an acute angle to the leg. One end of the leg is connected to one end of a base, the base parallel to the hanger arms. There is an article support on each hanger arm, the article support extending transverse to the hanger arm. Articles to be displayed are hung on the article supports, the articles parallel with the hanger arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Inventor: Robert Winikoff
  • Publication number: 20020079277
    Abstract: A hanger for displaying clothing includes two lateral rods, a connecting bar, two side support tubes and a hang bar. The side support tubes together with the sleeves of the connecting bar are tightly screwed with the lateral rods at the same time, and the combination of the hang bar and the inner tubes in the side support tubes is effected by mutual engagement of insert button and insert hole, easy to be detached for packing or storing. Besides, the U-shaped plate under the side support tube forms a gap of a certain height for the friction wheels to expand outward to rest against the bottom side of the inner tube to stabilize the whole structure, when the inner tube is pressed down Thus the hanger for displaying clothing needs only a small space and stands very stably.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Inventor: Chi-Tzung Huang
  • Patent number: 6390311
    Abstract: A rack for supporting fluid dispensers for use in a sterile environment is formed by two substantially parallel vertical beams supported on a base. The base comprises a cross member attached between two foot members which ride on quadruplicate wheels. A horizontal bar connects the vertically extending beams and a support bar supported at the top of at least one of the vertical beams carries hooks for supporting IV bags and the like. The rack is sufficiently steady and stable to be used for support and transport of IV bags and the like for an ambulatory patient. The rack is also readily disassembled and cleaned so that it may be repeatedly used in sterile environments such as surgical operating rooms and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Martin Paul, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Belokin
  • Patent number: 6382434
    Abstract: A compact foldable merchandising display rack having a pair of rectangular frames pivotably connected to a horizontal support, one frame being on each side of the horizontal support. A pair of half-round frames are also pivotably connected to the horizontal support. Each half-round frame is nested within the confines of the respective rectangular frame. Each frame may be moved independently from a storage position in a vertical plane to an erected position in a horizontal plane. The rack is adjustable to a selected height. Each frame may be secured in the erected position. A plurality of the racks may be nested to reduce storage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Inventor: Keith E. Silberg
  • Patent number: 6375202
    Abstract: A household cart has a wooden or molded plastic rectangular base for carrying household items. Four caster assemblies on the base are close to the four corners of the base. A U-shaped handle has hooks for carrying household items approximately halfway between side edges of the base, about equidistant from front and back edges of the base. The handle can be positioned either transversely or longitudinally of the base. In the handle transverse position, legs of the handle fit into a first pair of receptacles located between (1) the casters close to the base back edge and (2) the cart transverse center line. In the longitudinal position, the legs fit into a second pair of receptacles located along a longitudinal center line of the base. The receptacles of the first pair are spaced from each other by the same distance as the receptacles of the second pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Inventors: David Weck, Erwin M. Frey
  • Patent number: 6371313
    Abstract: The supporting-bar arrangement serves for hanging, directly or indirectly, articles which are to be displayed in goods and services establishments. A fundamental constituent part is formed by a support bar which has, at the front, a plug-in end which can be plugged with arresting into an axial inlet opening in a plug-in sleeve or directly into an inlet opening in a supporting structure. The plug-in sleeve is fixed in a through-passage of the supporting structure. A hook contour is provided at the plug-in end, and the plugged-in support bar is arrested in different ways, A spring element is provided in the plug-in sleeve for latching the hook contour of the support bar when the support bar is plugged into the axial inlet opening. The support bar itself serves for hanging articles, or a goods carrier is secured on one or more support bars. The supporting-bar arrangement extends, in particular, the individual and high-quality design possibilities in the construction of shops and trade fairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Visplay IG AG
    Inventors: Herbert Walter, Manfred Uecker
  • Patent number: 6308842
    Abstract: A retail display system for a desk chairmat includes a display stand having at least one support component thereon. A desk chairmat having a longitudinal fold line, is folded in half about the fold line and a wrap extends about the chairmat in the folded condition. The chairmat is suspended from the support component. In another embodiment, the retail display system comprises a display stand including a pair of vertical standards and one or more horizontal reinforcing rods; at least two laterally spaced support components mounted on the display stand; a desk chairmat having four side edges, with a pair or hang tabs laterally spaced along one of the side edges; wherein the desk chairmat is suspended from the support components by the hang tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Inventors: Edward S. Robbins, III, John D. Carlton, Gary L. House
  • Publication number: 20010015535
    Abstract: A household cart has a wooden or molded plastic rectangular base for carrying household items. Four caster assemblies on the base are close to the four corners of the base. A U-shaped handle has hooks for carrying household items approximately halfway between side edges of the base, about equidistant from front and back edges of the base. The handle can be positioned either transversely or longitudinally of the base. In the handle transverse position, legs of the handle fit into a first pair of receptacles located between (1) the casters close to the base back edge and (2) the cart transverse center line. In the longitudinal position, the legs fit into a second pair of receptacles located along a longitudinal center line of the base. The receptacles of the first pair are spaced from each other by the same distance as the receptacles of the second pair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2001
    Publication date: August 23, 2001
    Inventors: David Weck, Erwin M. Frey