Suction Cup Or Magnetic Support Structure Patents (Class 220/483)
  • Patent number: 9905094
    Abstract: A stabilizer and status alert device for a refuse can includes a base configured to support the refuse can in an upright position, a retaining feature configured to releasably couple the refuse can to the base, and an alert system configured to deliver a status notification to a user device in response to the refuse can be uncoupled from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Robert W. Hooper
  • Patent number: 9586528
    Abstract: The present invention in one or more embodiments provides a storage assembly for a vehicle with a storage platform, where the storage assembly includes a retaining part including a retaining portion, the retaining part being at least pivotably connected to the storage platform, and an elastic part connected with the retaining part such that the elastic part exerts a pulling force the retaining part toward a rear of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Zhang, Frank Hu, Tom Xu
  • Publication number: 20150108134
    Abstract: An apparatus that includes a suction cup mount having a suction cup, a cup cap, a drawing bar coupled to the suction cup at one end and having a distal end, and a press button coupled to the distal end of the drawing bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Jiang FANGYUAN
  • Patent number: 8827102
    Abstract: A device for holding bath toys is provided that includes a flexible receptacle having a back panel and a front panel adjoined by opposing sides and a bottom of the receptacle. At least a portion of the bottom of the receptacle is formed of a mesh material. The top portion of the back panel and an upper edge of the front panel define an open end of the receptacle. The device can be attached to a bathroom wall, for example by using at least two posts which extend through a respective opening in the receptacle and at least two caps, each cap defining a bore for receiving the post and for secure attachment to the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Skip Hop, Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth Zack, Rany Joo, Janet Villano, Ellen Diamant
  • Patent number: 8820556
    Abstract: A molded bottle for liquids is disclosed. In a particular embodiment, the bottle includes a hollow body portion adapted to store liquids therein, with an opening on a top of the body portion to access an interior of the bottle. In addition, the bottle includes a sidewall that extends outward around a bottom periphery of the body portion, where the bottle is supported by an edge of the sidewall when the bottle is placed on a planar surface. The sidewall is configured to flex when the bottle is pressed down onto the planar surface to form a vacuum between the body portion and the planar surface to prevent the bottle from moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Farhan Khan
  • Patent number: 8807364
    Abstract: There is provided a receptacle for a modular telematic unit. An exemplary receptacle comprises a body, at least one housing, and at least one solar panel. The body comprises at least two rails positioned opposite from each other. The housing is configured to be detachably slid into the rails. The solar panel is configured to be detachably slid into the rails. An outer surface of the solar panel, when slid into the rails, is slanted at an angle ? relative to at least one outer surface of the body. The outer surface of the body is positioned opposite the solar panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Deutsche Post AG
    Inventors: Frank Josefiak, Hassan Aftabruyan, Stefan Heimerl, Julian Baugatz, Andreas Wiechmann
  • Patent number: 8757418
    Abstract: A self-anchoring, low profile container anchor with directional release and attachment capability comprises a lower base member, an upper movable member adapted for attachment to a container, and a seal member on the base member. The seal member is configured to engage an external reference surface and form a substantially airtight seal therewith that defines a periphery of a controlled pressure zone. A sealing valve disposed on a valve seat is operably connected to the movable member for lifting off the valve seat and vent the controlled pressure zone when the movable member is raised a first predetermined distance. However, the movable member can tilt a second predetermined tilting distance without the sealing valve lifting off the valve seat, thus providing tilt resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Israel Harry Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 8701336
    Abstract: An improved pest control device having a bottom, two side walls, two end walls with holes therethrough to permit an animal to enter, and a lid, with a bait holder inside the trap, which may optionally be raised off of the floor of the trap and magnets positioned near the top edge of at least two of the walls to secure the trap to a dumpster, thereby holding the lid in the closed position when the trap is secured to the dumpster to prevent access to the bait other than through the holes in the end walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel J. Kay
  • Patent number: 8701924
    Abstract: A method of storing material includes placing material in a storage container and removably positioning a magnetic device in a cap. The magnetic device includes a gasket including a magnet. Moreover, the method includes removably fastening the cap to the storage container to form a storage device and magnetically attaching the cap to a metal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: David Barrett Dalbec
  • Patent number: 8701337
    Abstract: A method of controlling rats and the like by magnetically attaching a pest control device to a dumpster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel J. Kay
  • Publication number: 20140061199
    Abstract: A method of storing material includes placing material in a storage container and removably positioning a magnetic device in a cap. The magnetic device includes a gasket including a magnet. Moreover, the method includes removably fastening the cap to the storage container to form a storage device and magnetically attaching the cap to a metal surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: David Barrett Dalbec
  • Patent number: 8387783
    Abstract: A device for holding bath toys is provided that includes a flexible receptacle having a back panel and a front panel adjoined by opposing sides and a bottom of the receptacle. At least a portion of the bottom of the receptacle is formed of a mesh material and a top portion of the back panel defines at least two openings, with the top portion of the back panel and an upper edge of the front panel further defining an open end of the receptacle. The device also includes a mounting plate having at least two posts on a first side of the mounting plate and an element for attaching the mounting plate to a wall; and at least two caps, each cap defining a bore for receiving the post and for secure attachment to the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Skip Hop, Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth Zack, Rany Joo, Janet Villano, Ellen Diamant
  • Publication number: 20120267374
    Abstract: A display package includes a blister assembly and a storage container. The blister assembly includes a front blister surface having a first opening therein and a rear blister surface coupled to the front blister surface and defining a first cavity. The storage container includes a first container portion secured within the first cavity, a second container portion hingedly coupled to the first container portion for pivotal displacement between an open position and a closed position, and a magnet fixed to an outer surface of the second container portion. The magnet is located at or beyond an outer perimeter of the blister assembly when the first container portion is secured within the first cavity. The magnet is configured to secure the display package to a metallic structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: BLACK & DECKER INC.
    Inventors: Stanley K. Kotula, Darren B. Moss, Daniel G. Findle, Mark E. Brunson, David B. Lee, Lauren M. Wenchel
  • Patent number: 8151980
    Abstract: A jewelry holding apparatus is adapted for attachment to a flat surface, and particularly the inner surface of a medicine cabinet door in the interest of convenience, privacy and space efficiency. The apparatus has a two-part frame which clips together to suspend a mesh screen for storing a variety of hook-type or loop earrings, as well as accessory hooks. The apparatus further includes an arrangement of adjacently positioned foam pillows that are packed tightly together for holding various items of jewelry between the foam pillows. An arrangement of hooks on the frame allow for storage of bracelets, watches, small necklaces, rings and earrings. One or more posts on either side of the top of the frame allow for hanging of longer necklaces. The apparatus mounts to the inner side of a medicine cabinet door using built-in magnets or adhesive pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Susan DeMartino
  • Publication number: 20120074148
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for storing wet objects, drying these objects and quickly retrieving these objects when their use is desired. The apparatus includes a caddy with basket sides, a door, a hinge to permit opening of the door, a clasp to secure the door in a shut position and suction cups to attach the apparatus to a hard surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventor: Ronald G. Stradt
  • Publication number: 20110062160
    Abstract: A magnetically stowable and stackable drinking cup having a bottom, a side wall, and a magnetic element, the magnetic element being affixed to a magnetic element seat on the side wall or the bottom or imbedded in the side wall or the bottom. The liquid chamber and side wall tapering provide for stacking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Inventor: Stevan P. Vasic
  • Patent number: 7861647
    Abstract: A kitchen utensil is disclosed as including a body member, a switch member, and a suction member, wherein when said suction member rests on a support surface, said switch member is swivellable relative to said body member and said suction member between a first position in which the space between said suction member and said support surface is of a first volume and a second position in which at least part of said suction member is moved away from said surface whereby the space between said suction member and said support surface is of a second volume which is larger than said first volume to releasably secure said utensil to said support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventors: Kwok Kuen So, Abel Yiu Chung Wan
  • Patent number: 7857158
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plastic container provided with at least one suction cup. Said container comprises a holding recess (15) arranged in a container wall (12) for the holding projection (16) of the suction cup, and also comprises a flat receiving trough (18) arranged around the holding recess. The suction cup can be elastically flattened with the suction cover thereof (19) in the receiving trough such that the suction cup is arranged in an essentially expanded manner in the receiving trough and establishes a flush seal with the external contour (34) of the container wall (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: IMV Innovation Marketing und Vertriebs GmbH
    Inventor: Andre Wichelhaus
  • Patent number: 7757881
    Abstract: A waste receiving apparatus includes a shower stall wall. A wastebasket has a bottom wall and a perimeter wall attached to and extending upwardly from the bottom wall. The bottom wall has a plurality of apertures extending therethrough. A mounting removably receives the wastebasket and attaches the wastebasket to the stall wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventor: Matthew D. Riley
  • Publication number: 20100031971
    Abstract: A cosmetic container which provides structural stability, and/or shock absorbing properties, and/or rigidity to the container is provided. The cosmetic container comprises a cavity on the upper side of the container for containing the cosmetic material; a continuous frame running through the sides of the container and a base portion optionally comprising at least one magnet or magnetic material. The present invention also relates to a protective continuous frames which for housing at least one cosmetic container. The frame may optionally comprise at least one magnet or magnetic materials which can removably attach the container to a magnetic surface or a magnet respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Minna Catherine Ha
  • Patent number: 7584865
    Abstract: A paper wiper bracket used in an automobile comprises an upper cover and a connecting mechanism. The central portion of the upper cover is bulged upward to form a container whose inside space defines a receptacle for retaining a magnet. Thereby, the upper cover can be attached onto a top inner wall of an automobile by the magnetic attraction. Two opposite sidewalls of a mount for the magnet are each provided with a placement slot for housing a piece of sponge, whereby the sponges will be soaked with liquid that can be added at will by the user. The connecting mechanism can connect a boxy chamber beneath the upper cover by the engagement between the connecting mechanism and corresponding connecting parts around the upper cover, whereby the boxy chamber can be attached onto the inner wall of an automobile with the upper cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: An Bor Teh Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ko Hsing-Hsien
  • Publication number: 20090122259
    Abstract: A device for holding eyeglasses includes a receptacle defined by a front wall and a flat rear wall extending upwardly from a bottom to an open top. The receptacle is sized and configured to receive a pair of eyeglasses through the open top. When placed in the receptacle, the eyeglasses rest on the bottom and are contained by the front and rear walls. A magnet on the rear wall allows the device to be removably mounted on a metal surface such as a refrigerator door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventor: Deborah J. Szumski
  • Patent number: 7494098
    Abstract: The waste container holding system comprises: a magnetic grid including at least two, spaced, elongate magnetizable metal bar units fixed to or in a ground surface, each elongate magnetizable metal bar unit comprising at least one elongate metal bar having a length of at least two feet and at least two magnets positioned adjacent to each elongate metal bar in each elongate magnetizable metal bar unit and spaced along the length of each elongate metal bar. The elongate metal bar units are spaced from each other when mounted in one of the ground, asphalt or concrete with a desired spacing between the at least two elongate metal bar units. The system also includes a generally flat magnetizable plate fixed at or to a bottom surface of at least one waste container or in the bottom of the container closely adjacent to the bottom surface whereby the at least one waste container is held to the magnetic grid against ambient wind by the magnetic force between the plate and the magnetic grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Inventor: Richard Fulda
  • Patent number: 7416657
    Abstract: An oil water coalescing separator has a coalescing chamber containing oil coalescing media. The separator is preferably substantially transparent so that the thickness of the band of coalesced tramp oil can be visually discerned at a glance. The separator preferably has a magnet base so the separator can be hung on a machine off the floor. The separator is also removable from the magnet base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: NexJen Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Robert J. Kretchmar
  • Publication number: 20080110882
    Abstract: A magnetized active water cup is provided, which includes an opening cover opening and closing the cup, a protruding tube formed at the center of the cup, and an elongated rod-shaped permanent magnet fitted in the protruding tube. Here, magnet embedded grooves are formed at certain intervals in the wall of the cup and permanent magnet, a magnetic force blocking cover and a sealing plate are fixed in sequence into each magnet embedded groove. Accordingly, magnetic force lines generated by the magnets 2 and 3 are uniformly influenced on the water contained in the magnetized active water cup, to thus enhance a magnetic efficiency of water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Inventor: In-Su Jang
  • Publication number: 20080060205
    Abstract: A magnetic knife holder including a body having at least one magnet integrated into a surface of the body, and at least one slot formed in the body configured to receive a knife blade. The body may include a flat bottom, two side surfaces, a top and a front surface. With magnetic attraction from each magnet, knives can be securely retained within each knife slot in the body to avoid their accidental disengagement with the body when the body is inadvertently turned over. Further, the body can be conveniently attached to any iron-containing furniture. Additionally, at least one of the sides and the top of the body is substantially flat such that multiple magnetic knife holders can be neatly juxtaposed and/or stacked together and held in such configurations via magnetic attraction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Inventors: Hans Jurgen Schmidt, Tobi Melissa Schmidt
  • Patent number: 7337915
    Abstract: A holder for a beverage container wherein the insulating sleeve includes internal ribs proximate to the top and bottom for gripping the container. An inwardly extending flange at the bottom of the sleeve is provided with a plurality of suction cups for stable affixation to a support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Inventor: Daniel Weldon
  • Patent number: 7284735
    Abstract: Apparatus for releasable attachment to a tub or spa to hold reading material, beverage containers and other articles. The apparatus includes two tables movable relative to one another and structure enabling the apparatus to be used with tubs or spas of different sizes and shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Jacuzzi, Inc.
    Inventors: M. Michael Khosropour, Jim R. Pauls, Wayne J. Rosten
  • Patent number: 7051559
    Abstract: A message delivery assembly (10) and a method for conducting business (400) using the message delivery assembly (10) which has an exterior (12) in the shape of a Teddy-bear or substantially any other desired shape. Particularly, the message delivery assembly (10) includes a containment cavity (40) which frictionally receives a generally hollow cylinder (50) which is selectively lockable within the containment cavity (40) by use of a key (70), and which contains a personal message (90) from a user which is delivered to an intended recipient in a relatively secure and convenient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Inventor: Michelle M. Hollis
  • Patent number: 6808090
    Abstract: A container and support for supporting the container on a wall or other vertical structure. The support has a flexible disk housed within a rigid shell having central opening. A stem protrudes from the disk through the shell opening. A handle is movably coupled to a distal portion of the stem to move between a first and a second position. The movement from the first to the second position causes a force on the stem distorting the flexible disk causing a supporting vacuum between the disk and any contiguous wall. The handle includes an edge for engaging a cooperating portion of a container when the handle is in the second position. The container has a tubular body with a closed bottom and an open top through which any contents of the container can be dispensed. A closure secured to the open top controls the dispensing of the container contents. The tubular body of the container includes a pocket having at least one rim shaped to cooperate with the handle to hold the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventor: Oeyvind Pedersen
  • Patent number: 6799356
    Abstract: A machine having a machine tool operatively connected thereto by manually manipulatable fastening members. A fastening member receiving and retaining device is adapted for placement beneath the machine tool for catching fastening members when inadvertently dropped. A device for temporary attachment to the machine or machine adjacent surface, and a flexible cable device are provided for connecting the fastening member receiving and retaining device to the for temporary attachment. The flexible cable device is adapted to be manually positioned and shaped and to retain its shape and position in a self-sustaining manner while holding the fastening member receiving and retaining device beneath the machine tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Inventor: Javier Sanchez
  • Patent number: 6786349
    Abstract: A refuse container system that resists tipping due to wind or animal activity is disclosed. The system includes a support plate adapted to be anchored to the ground and a refuse container having a magnet supported by the container's bottom. The plate should be made of a material that is attracted by a magnet. The magnetic attraction between the support plate and the magnet attached to the bottom of the refuse container gives the refuse container added resistance to tipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Inventor: Fadi Najd
  • Patent number: 6672480
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing system comprises a container in a generally rectilinear configuration with a plurality of fluid receiving zones are provided within the walls. At least one suction cup has a mounting portion coupled to the rear wall of the container and a suction portion to facilitate a holding suction force upon the pressing of the suction cup onto a flat surface. A top wall has side edges coupled to the top edges of the front, rear and side walls and with coupling regions above the fluid receiving zones. A plurality of container caps with internal female coupling regions allow the cap to be removably received and held-on the container. Cap links have a first end coupled to the caps and a second end coupled to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Inventor: Keith D. Miller
  • Patent number: 6571976
    Abstract: A sleeve for holding a container includes an enclosed wall and a flexible concave base defining an orifice. The flexible concave base connects to the cylindrical wall with the orifice within the enclosed wall. The flexible concave base opens away from said enclosed wall. The sleeve insulates the containers, holds the container, attaches the container to a surface, and eases the removal of the container from the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Inventor: Gene H. Sonnabend
  • Patent number: 6520367
    Abstract: A article dispensing container for dispensing articles from a container that protects the articles prior to dispensing and is easily and conveniently mountable on a vertical support. The article dispensing container includes a dispensing container for dispensing articles, the receptacle comprises a lower portion which has a cavity and an upper opening, and an upper lid portion which is pivotally coupled to the lower portion adjacent to the upper opening of the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Inventor: Vlastimil Piroch
  • Patent number: 6401995
    Abstract: A collapsible storage unit for a truck for providing a collapsible storage container for truck boxes. The collapsible storage unit for a truck includes a storage assembly including a box-like storage member having a bottom wall, a back wall being hingedly attached to the bottom wall, side walls being hingedly attached to the bottom wall, a front wall being hingedly attached to the bottom wall, and a lid being hingedly attached to the back wall with the side walls being removably fastened to the front and back walls; and also includes a hinge assembly for fastening the walls together to form the box-like storage member; and further includes a storage member securement assembly for securing the box-like storage member to side walls of a truck box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Inventors: Kim W. Yuille, Adam A. Robertson
  • Publication number: 20020043535
    Abstract: A nub cover for covering the suctions cup nubs extending through the wall of a container, the nub cover having a holder for holding a connecting member or one or more nubs to hold the nub cover in place. Also disclosed is a container, at least one suction cup and a nub cover for covering the nub(s) and protecting them from dirt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2000
    Publication date: April 18, 2002
    Applicant: InterDesign, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Immerman
  • Publication number: 20010020621
    Abstract: A bathroom accessory mountable to a generally vertical flat surface such as glass, mirror, tile, fiberglass or metal. The bathroom accessory makes efficient use of space available in a bathroom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2001
    Publication date: September 13, 2001
    Applicant: InterDesign, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Immerman, James Hampshire
  • Patent number: 6264055
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a capture and containment canister which reduces the risk of radiation and other biohazard exposure to workers, the need for a costly containment hut and the need for the extra manpower associated with the hut. The present invention includes the design of a canister having a specially designed magnetic ring that attracts and holds the top of the canister in place during modifications to gloveboxes and other types of radiological and biochemical hoods. The present invention also provides an improved hole saw that eliminates the need for a pilot bit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventor: Stanley B. Dozier
  • Patent number: 6082573
    Abstract: A shower caddy bucket having a rotatable standoff for positioning a bottom portion of the bucket away from the wall to which the caddy is mounted. The bucket has a tapered configuration with a narrower bottom end. The standoff has an elongated configuration and is selectively rotatable between a stored position parallel to the wall and a standoff position perpendicular to the wall. In the standoff position, an end of the standoff will engage the wall to maintain the bottom end of the caddy bucket spaced away from the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Zenith Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventors: James A. Hofman, Paul Winter, Paul Wojtowicz
  • Patent number: 6065632
    Abstract: A container for beverages has a magnetic base which stabilizes the container when placed on metallic surfaces. The container is of double-wall construction, with concentric outer and inner wall sections, the wall sections being joined at their top portions. The diameter of each cylindrical (or tapered) section is such that an insulating space remains between outer and inner walls when assembled. Similarly, a space exists between the floor portions of each section; a magnet is disposed within the space between the floor sections and is held in position by a post extending from the outer floor section through an orifice in the magnet's center; alternatively the magnet is attached to an interior surface of the outer floor section. The magnetic field extends through the plastic material of the lower section, clamping the container a metal surfaces on which the container rests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Inventor: Gary S. Moore, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6041717
    Abstract: A mechanic's tray assembly for holding tools and small parts, and removably adherable to both horizontal and non-horizontal surfaces. The tray assembly includes a shallow-walled tray and a pair of C-shaped support tracks fixedly secured to the tray. A pair of removably-adhering assemblies, independent of each other and preferably having magnets, are slidably and pivotally held on the C-shaped support tracks by support arms. The support arms have cylindrically-shaped holes through which the C-shaped support tracks extend. The cylindrically-shaped holes engage and grip the support tracks by means of a cantilever moment produced at the tube-shaped holes, thereby enabling the tray to be held at a desired tray angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventor: Dan Z. Kubat
  • Patent number: 5971192
    Abstract: A bathroom accessory mountable to a generally vertical flat surface such as glass, mirror, tile, fiberglass or metal. The bathroom accessory makes efficient use of space available in a bathroom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: InterDesign, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Immerman, James Hampshire
  • Patent number: 5873486
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward cup holders which are selectively mountable to a plurality of surfaces to hold cups and containers of beverages particularly in vehicles. The invention provides a holder having a plurality of selectable mounting means whereby the user may select that means most appropriate to the surface on which the holder is to be mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Inventor: Charles Morgan
  • Patent number: 5749490
    Abstract: An inexpensive hanger for a shampoo or other material dispensing bottle. The hanger comprises a thin web of material which preferably has one opening permitting it to be securely attached between the cap and body of the bottle with the neck received in the opening and another opening for hanging it on a hook on a wall. The web of material is selected to have sufficient rigidity or stiffness to allow the bottle to be hung with only one hand (which holds the body of the bottle) and to have sufficient flexibility to allow it to be deformed to lie alongside the bottle so that the hanger may be marketed attached to the bottle without the necessity of changing existing packaging for the bottle. The web alternatively has at one end an opening sized to receive the body of the bottle and at the other end an opening, preferably two openings of different sizes, to receive the bottle neck so that the bottle may be hung upside down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Assignee: RKR Advantage Inc.
    Inventor: Roger Myron Keicher
  • Patent number: 5735455
    Abstract: An open top container for attachment to an upright metallic surface having a one-piece body and magnetic tape on the back panel, interlocking flaps forming the bottom panel, and an adhesive coated tab securing the body in assembled relation. The blank for forming the one-piece body also is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Inventor: John E. Raniere, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5590804
    Abstract: A device for draining and temporarily storing items in the vicinity of a sink includes a bucket and nestable strainer. The bucket has two flexible straps which are secured to the interior of the sink basin by suction cups thereby supporting the bucket and nestable strainer adjacent to the sink basin without interfering with the workable area around the sink. The flexible straps also facilitate emptying any liquid accumulated within the bucket into the sink without loosening the suction cup attachment by first removing the strainer from the bucket and then tilting the bucket over the rim of the sink basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Inventors: Donald Crum, Marsha Crane
  • Patent number: 5490607
    Abstract: A knife holder includes a board having a rib laterally formed on the front surface and having two cavities formed in the rear surface for receiving magnets which may attach the knife holder to metal surface. A case includes a rear panel and two flanges extended rearward from the rear panel for engaging with the front surface of the board. The rear panel and the rib form a slot for receiving and for protecting knife blade. The knife blades may be completely received and protected between the board and the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1996
    Inventors: Wen-Hsiung Hsieh, Hu M. Wu
  • Patent number: 5484081
    Abstract: A portable handle for a beverage container wherein a hand graspable handle portion is releasably attached to a beverage container by suction cups. In one aspect of the invention an essentially C-shaped handle is provided with a suction cup at each end thereof to engage and attach to secure a beverage can. In another aspect of the invention, an elongated support shaft is provided integral with the hand graspable portion and one or more suction cups are linearly secured to the elongated support shaft. In another aspect of the invention bifurcated ends of the hand graspable handle have can engaging suction cups secured to the individual biased surfaced ends of each prong. The bifurcated prongs may be parallel to each other, or canted to provide more space therebetween and to position the attached suction cups in an essentially diametric opposed position about the circumference of the beverage can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1996
    Inventor: Todd C. H. Jahn
  • Patent number: 5253752
    Abstract: This invention relates to a soap dish and in particular to one including an inclined platform; a seat fixedly mounted on the bottom of the inclined platform and having an iron plate thereon; a liquid container having a U-shaped member pivotally connected with the seat, the U-shaped member having thereon a magnet engageable with the iron plate of the seat; and a sponge received in the liquid container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Inventor: Maan J. Jang