Including Central Support (e.g., Tree-like, Etc.) Patents (Class 211/205)
  • Patent number: 10314192
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a display unit, and a stand configured to support the display unit to stand on a horizontal plane, wherein the stand includes a first stand member and a second stand member coupled with each other in a front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Ji-Won Park, Kyoung Youn Lee
  • Patent number: 10092124
    Abstract: A pre-lit metal frame Christmas tree has a foot prod, an umbrella-shaped net light, and multiple metal stakes. The umbrella-shaped net light is mounted on the foot prod and has an umbrella shaped frame and a light string unit. Umbrella shaped frame is mounted on the foot prod and has a base, a trunk, multiple positioning rods, and an upper fixing unit. Base is mounted on the foot prod, the trunk is mounted on the base and extends upwardly. The positioning rods are mounted transversely and pivotally on the base, arranged apart from each other. The fixing rings are mounted respectively on the positioning rods. The upper fixing unit is mounted on a top of the trunk. Light string unit is mounted on the umbrella shaped frame. The metal stakes are respectively mounted through the fixing rings, inserted into the ground. The Christmas tree is easy for assembly and storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Raymond Tsai
  • Patent number: 9529464
    Abstract: A dual display assembly, which comprises a base in contact with an underlying surface; a rod unit vertically extending from the base; and two separate touch screens laterally extending from, and attached to, the rod unit. Each of the two touch screens is pivotally displaceable independently with respect to the other screen and is able to be sufficiently locked in position after being displaced to a desired angular position to facilitate touch operations therewith. The the rod unit comprises first and second concentric rods that are rotatable about a vertical axis, and a one-way mechanism that is provided within an annular space between the first and second rods for retaining a touch screen in a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: U-SEE 2 LIMITED
    Inventor: David Eduard Sitbon
  • Patent number: 9107495
    Abstract: An adjustable pole caddy includes an elongated pole, a shelf including a generally planar surface for supporting at least one object thereon, a clamp having a first aperture and a second aperture, and a fastener extending through the first aperture of the clamp. The second aperture extends around at least a portion of an outer periphery of the pole. In a locked position of the fastener and clamp, an end portion of the fastener engages the pole and at least a portion of the shelf removably engages at least a portion of the clamp. The clamp is secured to the pole and the shelf is secured to the clamp. In a released position of the fastener and clamp, the end portion of the fastener does not engage the pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Zenith Products Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin G. Lindo, Joseph Vaccaro, Kaveh Didehvar
  • Patent number: 9010703
    Abstract: A kit for mounting one or more appliances on a pole, the kit comprising a central ring for being mounted around a pole and having a through-hole, a fitting surface and a support surface, and a carrier having a base part and at least one support arm extending from said base part for supporting one or more appliances, wherein said base part is adapted to be fitted on said support surface and has a through-hole adapted for being fitted around said fitting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Acronimus Technology, S.L.
    Inventors: Jose Tresserras Picas, Javier Viñas Garcia De Falces, Antonio Fargas Angrill
  • Patent number: 8955233
    Abstract: A skate dryer assembly. The assembly has a skate, a dryer module, and a device for blowing or sucking air through or from the module. The skate includes a boot and a blade. The dryer module defines a slot therein adapted to receiving and retaining the blade therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Liliana A. Dean
  • Patent number: 8777025
    Abstract: A laundry hanging solution comprising an expansion assembly, a post assembly, and a hanging rod assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas H. Buckleitner, Jayaprakash Kannappan, Travis M. Perkins, Arunprasath Sridharan, Daniel E. Teich
  • Patent number: 8727140
    Abstract: A material carousel for manufacturing and/or assembly operations is provided. The carousel includes a hub fabricated from a low friction material wherein the hub has a polygonal shape. The carousel also includes a plurality of equally spaced arms which are press fit into the hub. Each arm is adapted to hold cable and/or harness assemblies or includes a bin for holding materials used for production operations. In addition, the carousel includes a support column that extends through the hub, wherein the hub is adapted to rotate about the support column. An adjustable support collar is also provided for supporting the hub on the support column. Further, the carousel includes a peg mechanism for stopping rotation of the hub after a predetermined rotation angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Arden Verson
  • Patent number: 8720708
    Abstract: An adjustable table assembly provides a swinging tabletop surface and plant stand positionable adjacent to seats in a substantially fixed position. The assembly includes a post having an upper end and a lower end. A base is coupled to the lower end of the post. A shelf is coupled to and extends from the post. An upper panel is coupled to and extends from the post. The upper panel is pivotally coupled to the post. A support assembly is coupled to and extends downwardly from the shelf. The support assembly has a bottom panel and a vertical panel coupled to and extending upwardly from a top surface of the bottom panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: James C. Gilmore
  • Patent number: 8662324
    Abstract: An infant care organizational aid including a vertically extending and multi-sided body with a plurality of extending legs engaging a floor location. A plurality of clips extend from surface locations of the body and are configured to receive end extending portions associated with each of a plurality of individual holders in order to engage with specified clip locations associated with the body. Each of the holders are configured for supporting an infant related item or accessory including such as any of a formula holder, cup holder, bottle holder, toy box, diaper/clothes basket, spoon/utensil holder, cereal box holder and tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Darrell Robinson
  • Patent number: 8640894
    Abstract: An outdoor table organizer assembly is provided for storing multiple items commonly used in association with an outdoor table in an organized and easily accessible manner. The assembly includes an elongated pole inserted through an outdoor table. A utensil holder has a bottom and a perimeter wall extending upwardly from an outer edge of the bottom. The bottom further has an inner edge defining a hole. The pole is inserted through the hole in the bottom of the utensil holder frictionally coupling the pole to the utensil holder. A napkin holder is coupled to the perimeter wall of the utensil holder for holding napkins and a platform is coupled to and extends outwardly from the utensil holder. A post extends upwardly from the platform for supporting a roll of paper towels when the post is inserted into the roll of paper towels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Timothy Cronin
  • Patent number: 8336721
    Abstract: A display unit for cylindrical products, in particular tubes of sweets, includes at least one modular basket element 2, a support base 3 and a cover cap 4, the basket element including a perforated base part 5, an external shell 6 and a central tubular body shaped so as to allow stacking of several elements 2, the shell 6 having internally a plurality of concave seats 8 suitable for housing products 11 and forming externally convexities 9 separated by concave recesses 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Perfetti van Melle S.p.A.
    Inventor: Ubaldo Traldi
  • Patent number: 8210370
    Abstract: The present articulating overhead storage device is used to support and store articles such as athletic equipment, sporting goods, clothing, tools upon or in a modular article holder releaseably connected to a spine articularly fixed to an overhead surface. The spine can be move between a generally horizontal and a generally vertical position. In another embodiment, the spine is detachable from the overhead surface and releasably attached to a floor stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventor: Lance Botkin
  • Patent number: 8091716
    Abstract: A structure is provided having a base and relatively vertical structural support element (such as a post, pole, platform, stairs, etc.) from which extend arms that support removable image holders. The removable image holders may contain images that can be readily replaced. The removable image holders can restrain the images in six directions (up, down, forward, backward, left and right), although restraint may be effected by only friction or gripping, rather than an immovable wall. The removable image holders may be relatively secured to the arms, although they may easily swing for ease of viewing. The structure may have ornamentation thereon that is indicative of a theme (birthday, wedding, graduation, holiday, memorial, season, sports event and the like).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventor: Helen Bair
  • Patent number: 8051994
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sample storage apparatus in that a multilayered rotary table is formed in a liquid nitrogen vessel, so that a plurality of sample storage boxes is stored in the multilayered rotary table, whereby it can effectively and maximally ensure the space for storing the samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources
    Inventors: Jae Hwa Jin, Jun Ho Kim, Min Jun Kim
  • Patent number: 8020716
    Abstract: A rack for drying, storing or organizing sports equipment includes a central post having a vertical axis, a plurality of holes substantially perpendicular to the vertical axis, and a plurality of tier members adapted to be inserted into one or more of the holes. The tier members include first and second members. The second members are adapted to be inserted into an end of and secured at any of a plurality of positions within, the first member. The rack may also have one or more holes that extend through the vertical post, the first member may be inserted through the holes, and a third member may be adapted to be inserted into an end of and secured at any of a plurality of positions within, the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: 4 Smart People, Inc.
    Inventor: Lisa Vitale
  • Patent number: 7891506
    Abstract: A jewelry holder and display includes an upstanding elongated stem or post the lower end of which is secured to a circular base which, in turn, is rotatably supported on a larger diameter primary base such that the upstanding stem can readily rotate about its longitudinal axis. The stem supports radially located extending pegs and also supports at its upper end a generally cylindrical cup-shaped receptacle member having a plurality of radially located extending pegs selectively secured to its outer circumference for supporting jewelry items such as necklaces, bracelets, watches and the like. The receptacle member has an internal chamber to receive small items of jewelry, such as rings and cuff links. A cover is provided to releasably cover an upper opening in the receptacle chamber which may be lined with a soft felt and can receive a ring support cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Inventor: Georgica Kornowski
  • Patent number: 7788836
    Abstract: The invention broadly comprises a device for displaying an object including a stand, at least one arcuate hanger element connected to the stand, and a fastener connected to the at least one arcuate hanger element. In some aspects, the at least one hanger element is symmetrically arranged with respect to the stand. In some aspects, the at least one hanger element comprises a length and at least two hanger elements in the at least one hanger element have different respective lengths. In some aspects, the at least one hanger element is flexible. In some aspects, the at least one hanger element is wire. The at least one hanger element comprises a distal end and the fastener is connected to the distal end. In some aspects, the fastener is a clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Umbra LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Vincent
  • Patent number: 7666483
    Abstract: An artificial palm tree assembly for insertion into a table, preferably a patio table, is provided. The artificial palm tree assembly comprises a palm head comprising a crown element and a plurality of tree elements attached to the crown element of the palm head. Each of the tree elements comprises a branch having a plurality of artificial palm tree leaves thereon. In addition, the artificial palm assembly further comprises a trunk element adapted for installation through an opening in the top of the table. The palm head connects to the trunk element via an attachment formed between a bottom area of the crown element and the top end of the trunk element. Moreover, artificial palm assembly preferably further comprises a base portion for providing support for the palm head and the trunk element of the palm tree assembly installed within the patio table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Barcana, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Barthelmess
  • Patent number: 7585552
    Abstract: A decoration assembly is provided. The decoration assembly includes a tree and a support member coupled to the tree. The support member includes an interior surface and an opposite exterior surface. The interior surface defines a cavity within the support member. The support member further includes an electrical distribution system positioned within a portion of the cavity. The decoration assembly further includes a secondary support member including at least three legs. The secondary support member substantially circumscribes the support member. A method of assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventor: Melinda Joanne Meseke
  • Patent number: 7458475
    Abstract: A modular, tree-like structure for holding or hanging potted plants is suitable as an indoor flower/herbs stand. A base on casters supports a height adjustable central stem. The central stem is assembled using a coupling device having means rotatably connecting a plurality of branch arms with brackets, or flower basket hooks, for supporting a plurality of potted plants in a horizontally tiered arrangement and un-obstructing tree configuration. The combination of various length/size brackets in a multi-tier arrangement which can rotate independent from the central stem, allows for an increased number of potted plants to be adequately displayed on a given floor surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Founder Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Chor Joseph Ho
  • Publication number: 20080203044
    Abstract: A support pole holds and organizes a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and types of toys in a vertical array. Two vertical shaft sections screw together to form a vertical pole with elasticized loops attached along the length of the pole in four vertical arrays at cardinal points around the pole. Four triangular support brackets act as legs screwed onto the bottom of the pole at cardinal points aligned with the loop arrays. Each of two opposing pairs of triangular support brackets are screwed onto the pole with the same pair of screws. The support pole may be can be knocked down for compact shipping and storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventor: Richard Elden
  • Publication number: 20080156749
    Abstract: A free-standing, point-of-purchase display includes a base portion and a display portion. The display portion upwardly extends from the base portion and includes a frame having a plurality of upright members and at least one display element for supporting product for retail display. The display further includes first and second advertising panels carried by first and second upright members of the plurality of uprights, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventor: Thomas SHEA
  • Publication number: 20080078731
    Abstract: A Sport Board Stand has a Base, a Main Member protruding from the Base, perpendicular to the Base Top Surface, and a plurality of Cross Members protruding from the Main Member perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the Main Member. Sport boards are placed on the Sport Board Stand, between any pair of Cross members, with the longitudinal axis of the sport board relatively parallel to the longitudinal axis of the Main Member, and a wide surface of the sport board relatively planar to one of the Cross Members between which it has been placed. The weight of the sport board is rested on the Base of the Sport Board Stand and a wide surface of the sport board is rested or leaned against one of the Cross Members between which it has been placed. In addition, a means of securing sport boards is provided via Flexible Cords protruding from the Main Member, elastic enough and long enough to reach the distal ends of the Cross Members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Inventor: Thomas Shibel
  • Publication number: 20080067139
    Abstract: A storage container capable of holding one or more removable bins is attached to a mounting bracket which is, in turn, removably mounted to a support member, such as a spine or riser. The spine can be mounted onto a pantry door or other support structure. A lock is provided that is operable in a locked position to prevent the mounting bracket from being removed from the spine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Applicant: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: Christopher J. Claypool, Roddy Burgess, William F. Croft, Michael A. Zarkis, Albert G. Canton
  • Publication number: 20080061020
    Abstract: A tabletop food tray support apparatus uses a number of support booms stacked axially upon a post. Each boom has a tray supporting platform at one end of a rigid beam and a bearing structure at the other end. The bearing rotatably and removably engages the post so the tray-carrying platform can revolve about the post. The platform attaches to the beam in an offset manner a radial distance beyond the center of gravity of the tray so that a heavier pot will tend to deflect the platform safely toward the post thereby discouraging accidental dumping of the food tray by overloading the boom and/or by rapidly revolving the platform In this way the angled platform provides a centripetal force component to a revolving tray carried on the boom. The platform can be formed from a steel ring sized to support common serving tray shapes. The post can be made hollow to accommodate insertion of an umbrella pole therethrough for use in patio tables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2006
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Inventor: Trinh M. Kaisler
  • Publication number: 20080000865
    Abstract: A collapsible display includes an adjustable stand, a first plurality of cross members having a first length and a second plurality of cross members having a second length. The display further includes a base, and at least one upright member substantially perpendicular to the base. Each of the first plurality of cross members and each of the second plurality of cross members have an opening therein sized to fit over the at least one upright member, each cross member rotatably offset from another cross member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2006
    Publication date: January 3, 2008
    Inventors: Richard D. Babcock, Pat Sorenson
  • Patent number: 7207450
    Abstract: A drink holder device having a ground support, a leg extending from the ground support, and a plurality of arms extending from the leg. The arms are movable between a raised and a lowered position. At the end of each arm is one or more beverage holders. A lock holds the arm in position when raised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventors: Dirk R. Franklin, Stephen L. Olson
  • Patent number: 7159728
    Abstract: A support arrangement for a hair styling salon has a stanchion for forming a substantially central support member for an annular rim member. The annular rim member has notches along its periphery for accommodating respective skeins of braiding/weaving hair. Each notch is dimensioned to grasp a respective skein of braiding/weaving hair. A radial support arrangement configured as spokes that extend radially from the stanchion supports the annular rim member rotatably and removably on the stanchion. A tray is concentrically disposed with respect to the annular rim member and is vertically adjustably supported on the stanchion. The tray supports beauty products and implements, such as needles and thread, that are used during the braiding/weaving process. An elastomeric portion is annularly configured and arranged to overlie the annular rim, and has a plurality of slit-like notches that grasp resiliently and securely respective skeins of braiding/weaving hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Inventor: Brenda A. Smith
  • Patent number: 7144610
    Abstract: A display tree for electrical ornaments has a support tube. A male electrical plug is connected to the support tube upper end. A female electrical socket is connected to the support tube lower end. A flange electrical contact is electrically connected to the female electrical socket. The flange electrical contact is connected to the lower flange. A shelf electrical contact is connected to the shelf bottom side. The shelf electrical contact is for detachable connection to the flange electrical contact. A shelf electrical outlet is connected to the shelf top side. The shelf electrical outlet is electrically connected to the shelf electrical contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Inventors: Benjamin Estes, William Bingham
  • Patent number: 7077276
    Abstract: A clothes drying apparatus for allowing articles that need to be dried flat to air dry. The clothes drying apparatus includes a support assembly being designed for being selectively positioned on a support surface. A plurality of support frame assemblies are pivotally coupled to the support assembly whereby each of the support frame assemblies selectively radiates from the support assembly. Each of the support frame assemblies is designed for receiving and supporting at least one article of clothing to allow the clothing to air dry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Inventor: Kathleen Romano
  • Patent number: 7000788
    Abstract: An umbrella-type clothes drier can be covered with a protective cover when it is not in use. An unfolding and folding spreading frame that supports a clothesline is preferably disposed in an adjustable manner on the central upright tube of the apparatus. The protective cover can be pulled over the folded spreading frame and the clothesline from the upright tube and can be retracted into the upright tube at the inner end section thereof, which remains inside the upright pipe. The outer end section of the protective cover supports a cap which overlaps the upper end of the upright tube when the protective cover is retracted into the upright tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Inventor: Heinrich Wüster
  • Patent number: 6974043
    Abstract: A floor rack is designed to hold bathroom sundries and is formed of a base, an upright support rod extending from the base, and a plurality of holders for holding the bathroom sundries. The holders are fastened detachably and interchangeably with the upright support rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Inventor: Ming-Hsiao Lai
  • Patent number: 6971613
    Abstract: A plate is detachably mounted on a portable support capable of holding a beverage and other accessories, especially eating utensils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Inventor: Leonid Shendelman
  • Patent number: 6840663
    Abstract: The panel branch disclosed is used with an artificial tree. The panel branch includes a plurality of twigs, a channel element, a number of inserts, and a hook-like member. Each twig is inserted through an aperture in the insert and the insert, in turn, is placed in and secured in the channel element. The hook-like member has a short side used to secure the branch to an artificial trunk and a long side secured in the channel element. Optical fibres are associated with the twigs of the panel branch. Each optical fiber is threaded through an aperture in an insert and gathered into a bundle. A socket with a light source is provided to receive the bundle of optical fibres such that the branch is lighted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: Boto (Licenses) Limited
    Inventor: Cheung Chong Kao
  • Patent number: 6837386
    Abstract: A space saving support shelf for column mounting comprising pie-shaped segments which may be singularly or plurally attached and interconnected to a lolly-column or the like and wherein such segments are plastic molded in one integral piece for maximum load bearing capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Aardwolf Integrated Storage Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen R. Kent, Richard S. Rendall
  • Patent number: 6811836
    Abstract: A display representing a tree, such as a Christmas tree, has a trunk made of a hollow tube and held by a base in substantially vertical position. A liquid, such as water, is placed in the tube and an air supply in or near the bottom of the tube generates bubbles that rise through the tube. The tube and bubbles therein are preferably illuminated to add to the effectiveness of the display. Branches are secured to the trunk tube and extend outwardly therefrom to provide tree foliage and give the display the appearance of a tree or support foliage, such as in the form of a garland, which provides the tree foliage and gives the display the appearance of a tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventors: Jayson A. Johnson, Ronald F. Johnson, Susan S. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6758355
    Abstract: A display rack includes an upright that supports a crosspiece and one or more shelves. Each shelf includes two clips, and each clip includes a lip element configured to fit over and to engage an upper surface of the crosspiece, and a spring element configured to snap-lock against a lower, opposed of the crosspiece. The first and second clips are positioned on the shelf such as the shelf is mountable on the crosspiece in three different positions: a first position, in which each clip is disposed on a respective side of the upright; a second position, in which both clips are disposed on a first side of the upright; and a third position, in which both clips are disposed on the other side of the upright.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Astoria Wire Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard L. Zidek
  • Patent number: 6752279
    Abstract: A device for attaching at least one flower pot to a tree trunk. At least one flower pot holder holds the at least one flower pot, respectively. A strap engages the at least one flower pot holder and attaches the at least one flower pot holder to the tree trunk. A skirt is an elongated sheet of material that engages the at least one flower pot holder and wraps around the tree trunk. Each flower pot holder is a continuous rod bent into a vertical portion and a horizontal portion. The vertical portion is U-shaped and abuts against the tree trunk. The horizontal portion has a neck that extends perpendicularly outwardly and continuously from the vertical portion and a head that is ring-shaped and extends coplanarly outwardly and continuously from, and is wider than, the neck and holds one flower pot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Inventor: Timothy P. Dwyer
  • Patent number: 6749073
    Abstract: A utility rack for organizing and storing a variety of clothing and accessory items commonly worn and used by law enforcement personnel. The utility rack includes several apparel supports and accessory supports, and more specifically, the utility rack includes a shoe-rack, radio support, microphone mount, apparel hook, hat-rack, utility belt hanger, vest hanger, and storage box all carried on an elongated post affixed to a base with adjustable footing for leveling the rack. The apparel supports and accessory supports are disposed at various levels along the height of the post for organizing the clothing and accessory items in a functional arrangement generally related to the manner in which the items are usually donned and removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Inventor: Amanda L. McNab
  • Patent number: 6726033
    Abstract: An apparatus having a base, an extendable bagging pole having a foot pedal, coupled to a front edge of the base and an adjustable hanging rack coupled to the back edge of the base. The bagging pole has a bagging pole upper tube with a C-shaped clip disposed thereon and a bagging pole lower cylinder. The hanging rack has a hanging rack upper tube and a hanging rack lower cylinder, with a crossbar disposed on the hanging rack upper tube. The bagging pole is extendable to first operative position and retractable to a second operative position. After bagging the clothing item and depressing the foot pedal to retract the bagging pole from the first operative position to the second operative position, the clothing item may then be hung on crossbar of the hanging rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Chicago Display Marketing Corporation
    Inventors: Robert P. Sparkowski, Vincent Gioia
  • Patent number: 6715622
    Abstract: A device for displaying and serving individual-serving-size food items, such as bite-size appetizers. The device has a pedestal, a head fixed to and supported by the pedestal, and spikes for releasably fixing a plurality of the individual-serving-size food items on the head. The pedestal comprises a base and an upwardly-extending support member having an upper end fixed to the head and a lower end fixed to the base. The base includes a receptacle for containing and serving a complimentary accouterment to the appetizer such as a dipping sauce or marinade. The receptacle is removable from the base for filling, emptying and storing the food item contained therein. Preferably, all of the components of the device can be disassembled for cleaning and compact storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Inventors: Julie E. Keenan, Timothy M. Rupp
  • Patent number: 6691875
    Abstract: A rack unit for stacking storage medium disks such as compact disks (CDs) in a stacked cylindrical arrangement attached by arms to a vertical post attached to an enlarged base support. The cylindrical arrangement is oriented to be off-center in relation to the base support. The unit includes substantially planar and flat narrow support arms for holding and supporting the disks, so that the disks can be closely stacked to one another. The arms can include flat and planar clip ends thicker than the rest of the arms for snapably attaching about vertical post, where a step edge allows for an exterior edge of the disk to abut against it. The narrow support ends can include a wider substantially flat and planar support surface having an upwardly protruding and flexible hub portion which can snugly fit within the through-holes of the disks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Ployhistor International, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl Jonas Peter Schönning
  • Publication number: 20030192848
    Abstract: A display rack includes an upright that supports a crosspiece and one or more shelves. Each shelf includes two clips, and each clip includes a lip element configured to fit over and to engage an upper surface of the crosspiece, and a spring element configured to snap-lock against a lower, opposed of the crosspiece. The first and second clips are positioned on the shelf such as the shelf is mountable on the crosspiece in three different positions: a first position, in which each clip is disposed on a respective side of the upright; a second position, in which both clips are disposed on a first side of the upright; and a third position, in which both clips are disposed on the other side of the upright.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2003
    Publication date: October 16, 2003
    Applicant: Astoria Wire Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard L. Zidek
  • Patent number: 6626302
    Abstract: A rack is provided having a track which is adapted to removably support a plurality of items in a predetermined pattern or order. The track comprises a plurality of interconnected levels so that the items may move along the track between the different levels and the items are readily accessible from all locations on the track. Clips may be used to sectionalize the rack and to balance the load on the rack while it spins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Ricklef E. Barrett, Steven C. Thompson, Martin L. De Land, Steven T. D. Oatman
  • Patent number: 6599591
    Abstract: An artificial palm tree having a planar base, a central support, an exterior covering and a separable crown. The central support of the artificial palm tree has one end flexibly affixed to the planar base. An exterior covering constructed around the central support is substantially greater in diameter than the central support and has the separable crown removably affixed to a free end of the central support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Inventor: K. Allen Scott
  • Patent number: 6575314
    Abstract: A kiosk includes multiple poles with a plurality of independently rotatable components disposed on each pole. Each component comprises a hollow supporting body made rotatable by way of bushings disposed on the top and bottom of the body and bearings disposed adjacent to each bushing. The component further includes a pair of slat boards removably coupled to the supporting body. Even though each slat board may have a different configuration of protrusions extending from the front surface for holding goods, clips on the back surface of each board are similarly configured to enable any board to be removably coupled to a supporting body. Related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Bob Siemon Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Laura R. Lung, Louise M. Grimm
  • Patent number: 6575315
    Abstract: A display rack includes an upright that supports a crosspiece and one or more shelves. Each shelf includes two clips, and each clip includes a lip element configured to fit over and to engage an upper surface of the crosspiece, and a spring element configured to snap-lock against a lower, opposed side of the crosspiece. The first and second clips are positioned on the shelf such as the shelf is mountable on the crosspiece in three different positions: a first position, in which each clip is disposed on a respective side of the upright; a second position, in which both clips are disposed on a first side of the upright; and a third position, in which both clips are disposed on the other side of the upright.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Inventor: Richard L. Zidek
  • Patent number: 6575316
    Abstract: A bathroom column hanging holder assembly mainly has a plurality of sleeves sleeved on a column with a base seat; the side of the sleeve has a side tube to be fixedly inserted by a hanging holder; a plastic inner tube and an O-shaped ring are installed inside the said sleeve; the structure assembled accordingly is capable of positioning a sleeve through the friction generated among the plastic inner tube, the O-shaped ring and the column by the weight of the hanging holder so as to eliminate the downward sliding of the sleeve and to adjust the height of the sleeve at will for convenient application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Colin Ross Taiwan, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Lin
  • Patent number: 6568546
    Abstract: A hanger device includes a support rod, a plurality of support members mounted around the support rod in a stacked manner, and a plurality of the hanger rods each having a ring rotatably mounted around an associated support member. Each support member includes a stepped portion around which the ring of an associated hanger rod is rotatably mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Inventor: Steve Huang