And Hook Patents (Class 24/343)
  • Patent number: 11459807
    Abstract: PROBLEM: To provide a retaining device for which the magnitude of resistance when an engaging protrusion moves between elastic pieces can be adjusted. SOLUTION: The retaining device 4 is provided with: a receiving member 5 that is attached to a main body 1, and an engagement member 6 that is attached to a movable body 2. The receiving member 5 has: a base part 10 attached to the main body 1, a first elastic piece 11 supported by the base part 10, and a second elastic piece 12 supported by the base part 10. The engagement member 6 has an engaging protrusion 8 that passes between the first elastic piece 11 and the second elastic piece 12 and is retained at a retaining position P. An interval between the first elastic piece 11 and the second elastic piece 12 becomes narrower than the engaging protrusion 8 at a more forward side than the retaining position P. The first elastic piece 11 bends more easily than the second elastic piece 12 at a more forward side than the retaining position P.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Sugatsune Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Genichi Sato
  • Patent number: 11311130
    Abstract: A support adapted for mounting to wire shelving units, particularly a support adapted to be securely coupled and repositioned on upper and lower horizontally-extending wire members located at the front of wire shelving units. The support does not interfere with use of a shelving unit including the storage of items on the shelving unit or handing items under the shelving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: The Invention Club, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Scott Ebersole, Debra Michelle Lohman
  • Patent number: 11280386
    Abstract: Interlocking hook assemblies for straps and cords including a strap member and interlocking hook devices connected to each strap member which can be adjusted to desired length. Each device has apertures fixedly attached to the distal end of the hook body opposite the hook. Each hook device can be connected, preferably in a locking manner, onto the other hook device creating a closed hook assembly thereby disabling the hooks to prevent entanglement of straps. Multiple straps can be connected end-to-end forming an elongated strap of desired length having closed central hooks with open hooks on each end. Interlocking hook assemblies for straps and cords including two similar interlocking hook devices each with a connector groove and dual bar adjustable webbing slider for straps and cords, each said connector groove allows each hook to engage the other within their respective grooves and to releasably lock them together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventor: Paul J. Cornay
  • Patent number: 11067224
    Abstract: A multi-functional hook, which comprises a body portion, and a positioning portion and a hook portion arranged on a back surface of the body portion, wherein the back surface of the body portion is provided with a first mounting portion and a second mounting portion, the first mounting portion is provided with a first rotating shaft, the positioning portion is pivoted on the first rotating shaft, an inside end of the positioning portion is provided with a rotating portion and a limiting portion, the rotating portion is arranged on one side of the hook portion, and the positioning portion can rotate along the rotating portion towards the positioning portion; and the second mounting portion is provided with a second rotating shaft, and an inside end of the hook portion is pivoted on the second rotating shaft and can rotate along the second rotating shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventor: Songqing Hu
  • Patent number: 10448534
    Abstract: A cable retainer gate and associated methods. The cable retainer gate has an attachment portion for selectively and removably attaching to a cable basket. A retainer portion of the cable retainer gate is configured for retaining cables on the cable basket. The cable retainer gate is movable between open and closed positions to permit placement and removal of cables on the basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Henry D. Jost, Richard M. Latino, Lorena E. Sandoval, Joseph Rau
  • Patent number: 10281084
    Abstract: A decorative removable lighting enclosed clip made for mounting a light to a support surface such as gutters, shingles or a building structure. The purpose of this enclosed clip is to allow an esthetically pleasing display of lights with rapid and easy installation and removal of the lighting. This eliminates falling debris from broken clips or clips that fall off the lights during the removal process. A support tab is inserted between the side portions of the structure, at longitudinally spaced intervals along the strip, and are frictionally gripped and retained by the facing side portions of the gutter, shingle or structure. The clips have enclosed end portions which support the light elements of a decorative light string along structure. The enclosed clip is capable of mounting onto a wide variety of gutters, eaves and building structures. The spacing is adjustable and provides a plurality of discrete angular positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Russel Williams Home Services LLC
    Inventor: David Russel Felt
  • Patent number: 9763496
    Abstract: A suspension device has a base plate (11) intended to be fastened to a wall and two rods (15, 16) fastened on the base plate with the ends pointing towards one another. The rods have end knobs (17, 18) and one end knob (18) is spring-loaded to rest against the end knob of the other rod. Using a closed loop, a snare is made around the object that is to be hung up and then the loop is pressed in between the ends of the rods so that the loop remains hanging on one rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventor: Ake Asplund
  • Patent number: 9752262
    Abstract: A quick quilt attachment apparatus and method consists of a leader with a frame end and a quilt end. A first quick connector is provided at both the frame end and the quilt end of the leader. A trap flap is provided where the trap flap has a first end connected with the leader and a second end where the second end includes a second quick connector conformed to connect the second end of the trap flap to the first quick connector at the quilt end of the leader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventors: John D. Martelli, Marsha Martelli
  • Patent number: 9696610
    Abstract: The purpose of this clip is to attach to a chain link fence and provide a connection point for a device or structure. The method of attachment is provided by two mechanically combined structural members with peripheral retaining grooves that fit the fence wire. The clip is compressed or expanded to grip two parallel wires of a chain link fence. The structural members of the clip move the retaining grooves in parallel for a precise fit with the fence. The clip can be engaged with the fence in an internal or external manner. In the preferred embodiment of this invention, the chain link fence clip utilizes a spring to force the two retaining grooves into engagement with the fence. The clip can be locked in place for a strong semi-permanent connection. Springs, cams, linkages, and screws can be used to automate engagement for quick tool-less attachment and removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Gary Truesdale
  • Patent number: 9522431
    Abstract: A chain saw protector comprising a “U” shaped block of elastic material having a proximal base and first and second spaced apart mutually parallel legs, each having distal ends containing bores that are longitudinally aligned with each other where the bore in the second leg includes circumferential internal threads that engage a threaded shaft disposed in the bores, where the turning of the shaft brings the legs together for clamping a chain saw guide bar between the legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventor: Charles Gutierrez
  • Patent number: 9462908
    Abstract: A window covering fastener useful for securing the edge of window covering material, such as an arched shade. The fastener includes a clip that slides over the edge of the material and is secured by a pin inserted into the clip to pass through the material. A bracket of the fastener is installed on the structure of or surrounding a window. The bracket and clip engage one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: William George Haen
  • Patent number: 8925160
    Abstract: An anchor point apparatus is disclosed having a substantially cylindrical cavity extending along a longitudinal axis of a slotted tube; a tabbed bearing plate including a first attachment tab and a second attachment tab, the attachment tabs extending at predetermined angles from the tabbed bearing plate, the tabbed bearing plate generally conforming to a portion of an outer surface of the slotted tube; at least one circumferential clamp disposed about the slotted tube; and an attachment link having a first attachment ear secured within a first opening in the first attachment tab and a second attachment ear secured within a second opening in the second attachment tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Michael V. Kalavitz
  • Patent number: 8857018
    Abstract: A cover-material fixing clip includes: a chuck that pinches a locking hem formed on a back surface of a cover material; a hook that locks a wire provided in a groove of a cushion material; and a guide lever that is provided facing an opening of the hook. A proximal end of the hook is connected to a bottom of the chuck opposite to the cover material. The guide lever is connected to a side surface of the chuck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Ryuichi Murasaki, Tetsuya Yoshino, Eiichi Sasada
  • Publication number: 20140259558
    Abstract: A device which helps secure the gas supply lines which deliver a supply of a specialized gas, such as oxygen, to a cannula. The device is a holding structure which includes a cannula tubing retainer attached to a clamping device. The cannula tubing retainer is positioned relative to the clamping device so that a centerline running along an upper surface of said tubing retainer is approximately parallel, if not parallel to a centerline which runs through a clamping mechanism of the clamping device. The clamping device is actuated by a lever with an over center cam action that forces the jaws of the clamp together, and the lever locks the clamp in place when the lever is in a closed position. When the cannula wearer is walking, the clamping device is typically clamped to an article of clothing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Allen Inhelder
  • Patent number: 8806723
    Abstract: A twist tie device has an elongated piece of shape-retaining deformable material. A cover covers the shape-retaining deformable material along the length of the elongated piece. The cover has a bond between the elongated piece and the cover. The bond between the cover and the elongated piece is along the entire interior surface of the cover. An outer cover may be bonded to the cover. The outer cover may have a gripping surface and a non-gripping surface. The gripping surface will provide more grip for the twist tie device when it is wrapped around itself, and the gripping surface will provide more grip when it is wrapped around objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Nite Ize, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Martinson, Richard N. Case, Bowden Ormsbee
  • Patent number: 8800563
    Abstract: Headgear for a respiratory mask includes a strap arrangement including front strap portions adapted to be disposed over a patient's cheeks and having front ends adapted for attachment to an airway interfacing portion, top strap portions connected to respective front strap portions and adapted to be disposed over the top of a patient's head and to connect to each other, and a back strap extending rearwardly from and connecting respective junctions of the front strap portions and top strap portions or regions adjacent these junctions and adapted to locate underneath a patient's occiput. In use with a patient having long hair, the back strap is adapted to extend under the patient's hair and urge upwardly on the patient's hair and against the patient's head beneath the occiput. In use with a patient having short hair, the back strap is adapted to urge against the patient's head beneath the occiput. In an embodiment, front strap portions of the headgear may be provided with a sleeve or cover (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Renee Frances Doherty, Enrico Brambilla, Joel Edward Gibson, Anthony Paul Barbara, David Anthony Pidcock, Rupert Christian Scheiner, Memduh Guney, Angelene Marie Ozolins
  • Patent number: 8695175
    Abstract: A fast lock fixing clip for vehicle seatbelt includes: a front clip plate including a front clip plate main body having a first end, a second end and a turning auxiliary plate; a rear clip plate including a rear clip plate main body having a first end, a second end and a seatbelt pressing plate; a pivotal device for rotatably connecting the second ends of the front and rear clip plate main bodies; and a latch device for latching/unlatching the first ends of the front and rear clip plate main bodies with each other. When mounted on the seatbelt, the fast lock fixing clip will automatically turns upward to fold the seatbelt. In case of collision, when the folded seatbelt is abruptly straightened, the end of the seatbelt is instantaneously strongly accelerated to more sensitively and quickly activate the automatic locking device of the seatbelt to lock the seatbelt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Ching-Tien Pi
  • Publication number: 20140083579
    Abstract: A covering system includes a tarp made of an elastic membrane and a plurality of tarp fastening hooks. The fastening hooks allow the elastic membrane to be stretched over valuables and affixed to environmental anchors so that creases and puddle-enabling pockets in the membrane are eliminated. The fastening hooks clamp onto the elastic membrane and hook onto the environmental anchors to cause tension in the membrane. The clamping forces of the tarp fasteners are inherently increased in proportion to the tension in the clamped membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Matthew WHITE
  • Publication number: 20130306823
    Abstract: A device is selectably movable between a “clasp” configuration and a “hanger” configuration. The device has a device body, a first spring biased hinge at a first end of the device body and a second spring biased hinge at a second end of the device body, a clip hingedly connected to the first end of the body, and a hook hingedly connected to the second end of the body. The hinges bias the device to a closed position clasp configuration and the clip and the hook are swingable against spring bias to an open position hanger configuration. The device has physical stops to limit angular motion of both clip and hook to less than 90 degrees each.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Dewen Liu
  • Patent number: 8365364
    Abstract: A buckle attachment device is provided for removably securing a buckle and a strap to form a unified strap object, such as a belt. The buckle attachment device enables a user to select one of a wide variety of buckles to be coupled with one of a wide variety of straps that may be custom cut to a desired length. The selected buckle and strap are then removably secured by the user to the buckle attachment device without the need for specialized tools or additional binding components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Buckle-Down, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross Labelson, Jason H. Dorf
  • Patent number: 8113481
    Abstract: A method and device for carrying animal waste bags made from a unitary body comprising a hook for transporting the device and apertures to seal and hold the bags. The bags are inserted into an aperture and drawn through a compression slot which temporarily seals the bags. The device can then be attached to a variety of objects utilizing the integrated hook for hands free transportation of the waste bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventor: David Matthew Krysak
  • Publication number: 20110314644
    Abstract: A fastening device includes a lower engaging hook adapted to be provided on a first article and including a push portion, and at least one first hook portion spaced apart from and disposed below the push portion. Fixing plates are adapted to be provided on a second article disposed above the first article. At least one upper engaging hook is connected pivotally to and disposed between the fixing plates, and includes first and second arms formed as an inverted L-shaped configuration. The first arm extends downwardly from the second arm, and has a second hook portion to engage detachably the first hook portion. The second arm is engageable with the push portion. The upper engaging hook is pivotal to move the second hook portion to engage and move away from the first hook portion when the push portion engages and disengages from the second arm, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Inventors: Ren-Jing WEI, Cheng-Hsiang Chuang
  • Publication number: 20110258817
    Abstract: A method for securing a rolled cargo strap may include the steps of attaching a hook of a securing device to an attachment clip of the cargo strap. A strap of the securing device may be passed around a circumference of the rolled cargo strap so that the strap of the securing device is at least partially overlapped. A hook component may then be engaged with a loop component of hook and loop material attached to the strap of the securing device so that the strap of the securing device remains in an overlapped configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventor: Chet Usher
  • Publication number: 20110113595
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to a footwear clamp bag accessory used to clamp a pair of shoes together and couple the clamped shoes to some other object using a claw-lock/clip. The footwear clamp bag accessory can include a base, at least two clamps, a locking mechanism, and a claw-lock/clip. The base can be the main structure that at least a portion of the clamps ride and that the claw-lock/clip is affixed to via a strap/cord. The at least two clamps can be a left clamp and a right clamp. Each of the left and right clamps can include a portion that rides a portion of the main structure. Further, clamp pads can couple to the left clamp and right clamp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventors: Nour Jebara, Liam Van Der Merwe
  • Patent number: 7877844
    Abstract: An apparatus for attaching a tag to an object. The apparatus may include a body. The apparatus may also include an attachment arm, the attachment arm having a locked position and an unlocked position, and the attachment arm lockably closing to form a first closed loop with the body when the attachment arm is in the locked position. The apparatus may also include a tag loop mechanically coupled to the body. The apparatus may also include a detent arm mechanically engaged with the attachment arm in the locked position of the attachment arm, the detent arm configured so that an application of a force to the detent arm simultaneously unlocks the attachment arm and opens the tag loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: UP Country, Inc.
    Inventors: Alice M. Nichols, Khipra J. Nichols, Mark Sousa
  • Patent number: 7752719
    Abstract: A rope tensioning device includes an elongated base having a first hooked end and a second hooked end, an anchor for anchoring the rope on the device, and a clamp. The clamp is adapted to grip the rope inserted into the device allowing it to be pulled in a tightening direction to tension the rope. The clamp is adapted to prevent the rope pulling in a reverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Christopher Howard
  • Publication number: 20080256763
    Abstract: The clip includes an outer component having an opening in which an inner component is received. The inner component is resiliency biased into a closed position in which its front and back walls are co-planar with the front and back walls, respectively, of the outer component. A force opposed to the bias of the resilient means causes the inner component to pivot away from the outer component thereby enlarging the space between the two components. A pair of socks or mitts may then be inserted into the space. The socks or mitts are retained in the space when the inner component springs back to the closed position. The clip is optionally provided with a panel on which information or illustrations is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventor: Toni Azzopardi
  • Patent number: 7360334
    Abstract: A fishing net system comprises a handle having a top and a bottom. A loop extends from the bottom of the handle, and a mesh is attached to the loop. A connector system is operably coupled to the fishing net at a location spaced apart from the top of the handle. The connector system is configured to removably couple the fishing net to a user's back. A method is also provided for attaching a landing net to the back panel of a fishing garment, which includes the steps of removably coupling the handle of the landing net to the top section of the garment; and removably coupling the landing net to the middle section of the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Inventor: Bart G. Christiansen
  • Patent number: 7322146
    Abstract: A fishing net retraction system for efficiently retracting a receiving net during non-use to avoid entanglement while allowing expansion of the receiving net upon receiving a fish. The fishing net retraction system includes a base attachable to a handle of a fishing net, a first connector attached to the base, a connecting device attachable to a receiving net of the fishing net, and a second connector attached to the connecting device, wherein said second connector is removably attachable to the first connector. The first connector and the second connector are preferably comprised of magnets that are attracted to one another while allowing separation upon receiving a fish within the receiving net.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: B & P Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: John G. Baldwin, Robert W. Piatt
  • Patent number: 7159281
    Abstract: An accessory includes a belt that has a buckle. A clip is included that has upper and lower portions. The upper portion has an arcuate shape. The lower portion has a lip protruding therefrom for latching onto the belt. The clip includes a rectilinear arm that has a monolithically formed stop member. First and second jaw members are situated distal of the clip and include a flanged finger end portion. Each jaw member includes at least one flange member, provided with an axial bore, protruding inwardly towards the arm. A spring mechanism is included for articulating the jaw members between disengaged and engaged positions. A mechanism is included for swiveling the jaw members about an axis centrally registered with the arm. The swiveling mechanism cooperates with the spring mechanism so that the jaw members can rotate while being biased between the engaged and disengaged positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Inventor: Jose M. Irizarry
  • Patent number: 6921561
    Abstract: An ornament hanger has a main piece in the form of a star or other decorative shape to which a pair of oppositely directed hooks are rotatably mounted so as to be detachable. An upper hook supports the hanger and a bottom hook supports another ornament. A series of ornament hangers can be used to secure string ornaments on a Christmas tree. The hanger can be used by itself as an ornament by detaching one hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Inventor: Jan M. Maier
  • Publication number: 20040211040
    Abstract: A clip for grids of suspended ceilings to be attached to and removed from the grids without the use of a ladder. By eliminating the need for a ladder, this new approach eradicates the cause of injuries being incurred by older methods involving falls from ladders when hanging signs, decorations, and other items from ceiling grids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2003
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Inventor: John Taylor Edwards
  • Patent number: 6792653
    Abstract: This invention relates to a multi-purpose combination clip comprising two clips separably coupled together, each having a holder portion distinct in function from the other for each detachably holding a supported member wherein the supported members can be of varying physical dimensions. The invention relates to a general purpose utility clip for general purpose applications wherein plastic material of the clip structure provides required compression and engagement strength to the two clips which individually are integral one piece plastic structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Santa's Best
    Inventor: Wm. F. Protz
  • Patent number: 6776550
    Abstract: A removable insert adapted for use with a spiral or other ring-type binder includes a thin body member, a hooking element connected to, or integral with, the body member which defines a longitudinally extending recess configured to receive at least a first page retaining member, and a fastener connected to, or integral with, the body member configured to detachably secure the body member to a second page retaining member. The hooking element includes a journal bearing about which the first page retaining member may be rotated. The fastener includes a constricted channel adjacent to the edge of the insert and an enlarged portion disposed inwardly from the edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: Roca Productions, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert John Roca
  • Publication number: 20030135963
    Abstract: A clip having a first fixation device capable of attaching to a rail, a second fixation device attached to the first fixation device, for releasably engaging a slot in a compact disc case and a loop attached to the first fixation device such that one or more documents may be secured between the loop and the second fixation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2002
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Inventors: Richard M. Holbrook, Jeffrey Bentzler
  • Patent number: 6279208
    Abstract: A clip is disclosed for securing an object such as a tent fabric to an elongate support such as a pole or cable in a manner does not slide along the support but that can be easily engaged and disengaged. The clip includes a hook and a cam-shaped clamp that is manually rotated between an open position in which the cam surface of the clamp is retracted sufficiently to allow easy insertion of the pole or cable, and a clamping position in which the cam surface presses the pole or cable against the interior of the hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Inventor: Robert Gillis
  • Patent number: 6256840
    Abstract: The present invention 10 discloses a clasped towel 10 wherein a towel 11 is attached to a clasp 13 which can be attached by means 30 to an article of clothing 12. A flap 38 is attached to the towel 11 which forms a partial pocket-like enclosure 39 on the towel in which items can be cleaned. An alligator clip-like element 32 is also shown for attaching the present invention 10 to the clothing 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: Paul Elliott
  • Patent number: 6243925
    Abstract: A multipurpose holding device, mainly for holding matching garments together, in particular for treating pairs of garments, has a suitable fixing unit (1) for pressing the garments together, the fixing unit having a primary supporting formed piece (2) located on one side of the garments and a secondary supporting formed piece (3) located on the other side of the garments. The primary supporting formed piece (2) includes a limiting member (2a) and an opening (2d) at least partly framed by the limiting member (2a). The secondary supporting formed piece (3) has a free flange (3a) which extends into, and preferably through, the opening (2d) of the primary supporting formed piece (2). The primary supporting formed piece (2) and the secondary supporting formed piece (3) are interconnected by a connecting neck (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Inventor: Jozsef Aszody
  • Patent number: 6237200
    Abstract: A device useful forclipping a textile article, such as an article of clothing, or more particularly, a pair os socks. This device consists of a first part (2) fitted with a gripping device (4) located at one of its ends, a second part (3) fitted with a gripping device (5) located at one of its ends, and opposite to the first part, a third part (11) connecting the first and second parts, this third part (11) being flexible and elastic. The first part (2) and the second part (3) are mobile in relation to each other so that in the rest position, the gripping part (4) of the first part (2) and the gripping part (5) of the second part (3) engage with each other to achieve a pinching action on the woven or non-woven material, and so that in the active position, they disengage in such a manner as to release the woven or non-woven material. Application for the clipping, for example, of socks while in the wash or being dried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Inventors: Alain Rodier, Duncan Barclay
  • Patent number: 6199247
    Abstract: A clasp device includes a frame and a button for clasping a sheet material between the frame and the button by women and children without a great force. The button is engaged in an opening of the frame and includes an annular flange having a size greater than the opening of the frame for engaging with the frame and for preventing the button from being disengaged from the frame. The frame has one or more stops engaged with the annular flange of the button for securing the button to the frame and for preventing the button from being disengaged from the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Inventor: Kuo Yang Tsai
  • Patent number: 6062521
    Abstract: A generally flat holder for clipping to a user's trousers and holding a towel or other fabric object. The holder has a body including an upper section forming a C-shaped hook forming a first gap between opposing ends of the C, and a lower section comprising a frame forming a central opening encircling an upwardly projecting tab. A U-shaped second gap is defined between the tab and the surrounding portion of the frame. The body is generally rigid, but is sufficiently flexible so that the hook and tab may be deflected to increase their respective gaps. Deflection enables the hook to be slipped over the belt or edge of the trousers of a user, and enables the tab to admit passage of a towel or the like into the central opening of the lower section of the body. The tab is configured to maintain engagement with the towel, but readily releases the towel when deflected by manual pressure such that its respective gap is widened. All edges of the body are beveled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Inventors: William N. Kelley, Arne A. Jensen, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6014794
    Abstract: A reinforced bungee cord tie down for securing cargo without becoming over-stretched. The reinforced bungee cord tie down includes an elongate elastic member with each of the ends of the elastic member having a hook coupled thereto. The ends of an elongate inelastic flexible member are coupled to the ends of the elastic member such that the flexible member extends between the ends of the elastic member. The length of the flexible member is greater than the length of the elastic member when in a relaxed state and less than the length of the elastic member when in a fully stretched state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Inventor: Patrick M. Mc Coy
  • Patent number: 5896625
    Abstract: A clasp or catch for jewelry items or the like, comprises: a first member, for attachment to one end of a jewelry item, having two parallel sides and two transversal bars interconnecting the two sides; a second generally O-shaped but not closed member having one end pivoting around one of the two transversal bars, and the other end securely engaging the other of the two transversal bars; and a third member, for attachment to another end of the jewelry item, similar in construction to said first member, having at least one cross bar for retaining said other end of the second member when not engaged by said other of the two transversal bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Inventor: Brian S. Tanner
  • Patent number: 5582377
    Abstract: A device for hanging articles, such as clothing, athletic equipment, and equipment bags, from a chain link fence or the like, comprises an elongate body having a front side and a rear side. On the rear side is a spring-loaded fence-gripping clasp, dimensioned for releasably grasping the wires of the fence. The fence-gripping clasp comprises a fixed fence-gripping jaw and a movable fence-gripping jaw, spring-biased toward the fixed fence-gripping jaw. On the front side is a spring-loaded hanger clasp, specifically adapted for releasably grasping an article having a strap or handle, but also suitable for hanging an article of clothing. The hanger clasp comprises a fixed hanger jaw and a movable hanger jaw, spring-biased to close against the fixed hanger jaw. In a preferred embodiment, the hanger clasp is disposed near the lower end of the elongate body, and a fixed clothes hook extends from the front of the body, above the hanger clasp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Inventor: Genaro E. Quesada
  • Patent number: 5557830
    Abstract: A fastener comprising a retainer and a collar wherein one or more sheets of material may be secured between the retainer and collar, and wherein the fastener may be weighted or attached to a variety of objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Assignee: Olympic General Corporation
    Inventor: William B. Davis
  • Patent number: 5553981
    Abstract: A cargo holder for securing cargo loads in the bed of a pickup truck consists of a metal bar formed with a first hook at one end to engage the bottom edge of the wall of a pickup truck and a second hook at an opposite end to catch a loop in a tie-down rope. A flexible cylindrical tube disposed around the body of the metal bar can be slid downwards when securing the holder to a truck wall, thereby creating a clamping action between the tube and the first hook which secures the holder to the wall of the pickup truck. After several cargo holders have been positioned around the cargo bed and tie-down ropes have been arranged so as to catch the second hooks of the holders, the foam tubes of the cargo holders are slid upwards so as to provide a cushioned barrier between each cargo holder and the truck's finish, thereby preventing accidental marring of the truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Inventor: Leon T. Braden
  • Patent number: 5513751
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus for housing a stacked supply of hooks which permits the individual withdrawal of a lowermost hook from the stack. A dispensing apparatus provides a chamber having an open top, a rear wall, two side walls, a front wall, a spaced floor providing a gap between the floor and the front wall, the front wall providing a longitudinal opening transversing the wall, the opening permitting the passage of a loop portion of each hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1996
    Assignee: Roberts Systems Inc.
    Inventors: William Z. Vanhook, John A. Walton
  • Patent number: 5452184
    Abstract: A fastener for securing a printed circuit board to a chassis includes a body portion, legs depending from the body portion, the legs being adapted for removable attachment within holes in the chassis, a hook for slidably engaging a slot on a printed circuit board inserted thereon, and a grounding element for providing an electrical connection between the printed circuit board and a shield on the chassis. The fastener described herein enables one chassis design to accommodate a variety of sizes of printed circuit boards merely by forming holes at particular points on the chassis, thereby avoiding the expense of redesigning a chassis to accommodate a new printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1995
    Assignee: Dell USA, L.P.
    Inventors: Erica Scholder, Kevin Troy, Karl Steffes
  • Patent number: 5381588
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device designed to retain a pair of sock or other paired items of clothing together during the washing or drying thereof. The retaining device is also adapted to be used to display a pair of socks or other paired items of clothing on display racks in stores selling such items of clothing. Also, disclosed is a holder dispenser for storing a number of the retaining devices in the laundry and which allows the retaining devices to be removed one at a time, as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1995
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Nelson
  • Patent number: 5329670
    Abstract: A clip includes a casing consisted of a face panel and a back panel joined at one end, and a clamping spring plate fastened to the face panel, wherein the face panel has an inside track and an outside track on two opposite sides thereof and a stub rod raised from the outside track; the clamping spring plate has one end formed into a chuck chucked on the inside and outside tracks and an arched free end stopped against the back panel inside the casing, the chuck-like fixed end of the clamping spring plate having a pin hole, which receives the stub rod on the outside track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1994
    Inventor: Yu-Hwei Huang