Resilient Channel Or Bar Patents (Class 24/462)
  • Patent number: 10767332
    Abstract: An axial reinforcement system is disclosed that provides a shell (i.e., a form or jacket) that protects a weight-bearing member (e.g., a cement column) from a corrosive environment and which also substantially increases the structural capacity of the weight-bearing member. The shell is integrated with “positioners” and reinforcing elements, the combination of which offers several advantages over conventional shells. The positioner is attached directly to the shell and the positioner is, in turn, secured to a reinforcing element, which can be a reinforced steel, such as rebar, or a carbon fiber reinforced polymer material. The axial reinforcement system has been found to substantially increase the structural rigidity of the weight-bearing member, while at the same time protecting the weight-bearing member from corrosion and is also simple to install.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Warstone Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Stewart Kriegstein
  • Patent number: 10509307
    Abstract: High contrast, glass-based, writeable/erasable front projection screens are provided. The screens include a transparent glass sheet which has a front surface and a back surface separated by a distance d. The back surface is in optical contact with a diffusing element. During use of the projection screen, the glass sheet transmits image light from a projector to the diffusing element and the diffusing element reflects a portion of that light back through the glass sheet to a user. The screens have a user-facing surface that is a writable/erasable surface. In embodiments, the distance d is less than or equal to 0.2 millimeters, the whiteness W of the projection screen is less than or equal to 0.5, and/or the contrast C of the projection screen is at least 75%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Gordon Charles Brown, Jacques Gollier, Joan Deanna Gregorski, Vasudha Ravichandran, David Lee Weidman
  • Patent number: 10400518
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein describe cylindrical structures with indents configured to reduce vortex induced vibrations (VIV). For example, the cylindrical structures may be configured to reduce VIV for drilling risers subject to ocean currents. In embodiments, the indents may be positioned on an outer surface of the cylindrical structures, wherein the indents may be parallel pairs. The pairs may be mirrored between a first end and a second end of the cylindrical structure, and be positioned in a helical pattern, which may be continuous or staggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: CBM International, Inc.
    Inventor: Shan Shi
  • Patent number: 10279884
    Abstract: A high altitude or stratospheric balloon system may include a balloon envelope including envelope film, at least one tendon, and a suspender. The suspender may have a first end attached to the envelope film. The suspender is arranged to stretch such that the first end moves towards an equator of the balloon envelope as the balloon envelope pressurizes in order to control movement of the envelope film relative to the tendon and towards the equator as the balloon pressurizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Loon LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Brookes, Kevin Roach
  • Patent number: 9200652
    Abstract: The fastening device 10 of FIG. 3 is provided for fastening a flexible material to a structure. The fastening device 10 comprises an elongate fastening member 12 having a male portion 11 and a base portion 13. The base portion 13 provides a plurality of indentations 14 at spaced apart intervals along the length of the fastening member 12. The indentations 16 are adapted for securing the fastening member 12 to the structure with the use of fasteners extending through the indentations 16. The male portion 11 is shaped for receiving an elongate clip-type retaining member 24. The male portion 11 provides a channel 15 on its surface facing away from the base portion 13 for cooperating with a projection 17 on an inner surface of the clip-type retaining member 24. The channel 15 is positioned for alignment with the projection 17 for receiving the flexible material as the projection 17 forces the flexible material into the channel 15.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: KBL HOLDINGS PTY LTD
    Inventor: Peter Laurence
  • Patent number: 9107782
    Abstract: A mattress retention system for adjustable beds employs a tubular fabric tension web attached with a restraining bar to a top surface of an element of an articulating support structure. The restraining bar is secured with brackets inset from a longitudinal edge and lateral edges of the articulating support structure element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Ergomotion, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Ermalovich
  • Patent number: 9032593
    Abstract: A fastening or mounting apparatus for releasably joining two objects is disclosed. The apparatus uses a cam portion opposite a hook portion in a structure of one of the objects to engage with flanges, protrusions or ends of the other object. In the case of flanges, one of the flanges deforms a resilient element in the hook portion during insertion, and the other flange snaps into the detent of the cam portion upon application of force. The apparatus may be adaptable from small scale applications to large-scale heavy duty applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: RayoMar Enterprise, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard C. Rayos
  • Patent number: 9021667
    Abstract: A clip comprising a first wall member and a second wall member is disclosed. A cross-section of the first wall member is defined by a first side wall, a second side wall and a connecting wall that is positioned between the first side wall and the second side wall. A cross-section of the second wall member is defined by a first end and a second end, wherein at least a portion of the first end is connected to a portion of the first side wall of the first wall member and wherein a second end is positioned between the first side wall and the second side wall and spaced away from an inner surface of the connecting wall. The first wall member and the second wall member cooperate to define a channel having a first portion and a second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Julie Wasco
  • Patent number: 8973166
    Abstract: An attachment for the edge of an extending brim of a baseball type cap or visor is disclosed which is mounted on the edge of the extending brim to protect or repair the edge. The attachment easily mounts on the brim of a cap or visor and remains securely thereon. The brim is inserted into a slot through the side and along the full length of the attachment. The slot has flared edges that permit the attachment to be easily attached to the brim edge. As the edge attachment is mounted on the edge of a cap or visor the flared edges are deformed outward creating a spring force that firmly holds the edge attachment on the brim. The edge attachment may have an extension that extends over the top of a brim to provide additional space for the display of words, graphics, etc. that are larger than can be displayed on the much narrower front or top edge of the attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Kyle Engle
  • Patent number: 8955885
    Abstract: A locking clip for use with a hose coupling is provided that includes a first member and a second member that grasp and maintain a locking arm of a locking mechanism commonly used in conjunction with hose couplings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Randy J. Dixon
  • Patent number: 8911171
    Abstract: There is disclosed a device for fixing a U-shaped end of at least one spring for supporting a cushion for a seat, to a seat frame of the seat which includes opposing frame sections, one of the frame sections being formed from a shaft, and the spring being stretched between the frame sections. The device comprises a collar fitted over the shaft and a retainer including a body having a geometry of similar figure with the collar and fitted over the collar on the shaft, and at least one pair of first and second spring engagement pieces provided at both edges of the body. A first axial region and second axial region of the U-shaped end of the spring are engaged with the first piece and the second piece, respectively, whereby the end of the spring is fixed to the shaft through the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomonori Kotaki
  • Publication number: 20140060895
    Abstract: An exemplary heat dissipation device includes a heat sink and a clip assembly spanning the heat sink. The clip assembly includes a wire clip and two fasteners engaging with the wire clip. The wire clip includes a main body and two engaging arms extending outwardly from two ends of the main body respectively. Each engaging arm includes a first section extending outwardly from the main body, a second section opposite to the first section, an engaging portion interconnecting the first section with the second section, and a hook bent outwardly from a free end of the second section. The main body and the hook of each engaging arm are hooked on the heat sink, and each fastener extends through the corresponding engaging portion. The engaging portions are resiliently pressed by the fasteners, and the heat sink is pressed downwardly by the main body of the wire clip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 25, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicants: FOXCONN TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., CHAMP TECH OPTICAL (FOSHAN) CORPORATION
    Inventors: MING-WEI CHEN, JING ZHANG, TAO LI
  • Publication number: 20140060894
    Abstract: An exemplary heat dissipation device includes a heat sink and a clip assembly spanning the heat sink. The clip assembly includes two wire clips and two fasteners engaging with the wire clips, respectively. The wire clip includes two opposite engaging arms, and an engaging section interconnecting the two engaging arms. Each engaging arm includes a connecting section extending outwardly from the engaging section, and a hook bent outwardly from a free end of the connecting section. The hooks of each wire clip are hooked in the heat sink, each fastener extends through the engaging section of the corresponding wire clip, the engaging section of the wire clip is resiliently pressed by the fastener, and the heat sink is pressed downwardly by the connecting section of the wire clip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 25, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicants: FOXCONN TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., CHAMP TECH OPTICAL (FOSHAN) CORPORATION
    Inventors: MING-WEI CHEN, JING ZHANG, TAO LI
  • Patent number: 8631550
    Abstract: An impact tool for removal and attachment of a mower blade cutting edge insert of the type demountably attached with a press fit wedging connection in a recessed end surface of the mower blade, the tool body having a U-shaped slot permitting the slot to receive and straddle adjacent edges of the mower blade and the insert when the latter is in the recessed end surface portion, sliding movement of the tool along the edges causes a contacting abutment in the bottom of the U-shaped slot to engage one or the other ends of the edge insert to drive the insert into or detach it from an operative press fit attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventors: Randolph J. Janikowski, Paul E. Kratzke
  • Publication number: 20130212843
    Abstract: A masonry wall protection device includes a first member, a second member and a tensioning belt. The second member includes a vertical second leg that defines an outer edge that includes a position slot, and a horizontal second leg. The first member includes a vertical first leg, and a horizontal first leg that has a top edge that defines a plurality of position slots and further defines a bore that is sized and shaped for sliding receipt of the horizontal second leg. The horizontal second leg is slidingly positioned through the bore so that the distance between the vertical first and second legs can be adjusted to approximately equal the width of the top of the masonry wall. The tensioning belt is positioned between the first and second members fully stretched such that the vertical legs are firmly positioned a selected distance apart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: Jay R. Smith
  • Patent number: 8347868
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a collapsible locking slingshot having a quick-release interchangeable band replacement safety system. The present invention also includes a self-centering, open-pocket slingshot pouch and a unique dual-tapered band. The slingshot collapses into a lockable case, improving the slingshot's safety, and enhancing the protection and longevity of the slingshot's components. The slingshot incorporates a unique shoot-over design in which the arms generally are parallel to the shooter's arm during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Saunders Archery Company
    Inventor: Charles Saunders
  • Patent number: 8341810
    Abstract: A fastening or mounting apparatus for releasably joining two objects is disclosed. The apparatus has a first component and a second component. The first component may include a plate, two side walls and two flanges extending from the side walls. The second component may include a plate, a first lip and a second lip. The first lip has a cavity holding a resilient element. The second lip may have a convex portion and at least partially define a detent. One of the flanges engages with the resilient element in the cavity while the two components are non-parallel. The first flange compresses the resilient element while the second flange contacts the convex portion. The resilient element biases the second flange against the detent once the two components are parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: RayoMar Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard C. Rayos
  • Patent number: 8112849
    Abstract: A device for fixing a fabric includes a frame of polygonal shape that is able to accommodate at least one insert, whereby the fabric is wedged between the frame and the insert, the frame includes a groove with a shrunken mouth, and the insert includes a horseshoe-shaped body that can be deformed elastically and can be inserted forcibly into the groove, characterized in that the body includes, on the one hand, a first wall that delimits a housing that opens toward the outside, and, on the other hand, a second wall that defines a retaining surface that can work with the groove, whereby a recess is arranged between the two walls (26, 32) so as to make the deformations of each wall (26, 32) independent, whereby junction zones are provided to connect the first wall and the second wall on both sides of the mouth of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventor: Stéphane Lapouge
  • Patent number: 8028381
    Abstract: A removable load bearing textile clamp including a locking clamp portion configured to accept an internally positioned rod such that a textile sheet can be led around the rod and positioned inside the clamp and secured by closing the clamp and engaging the locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Edward Murray
  • Patent number: 7954338
    Abstract: A water storage unit includes an outer bag with an inlet defined in a top end thereof and an inner bag is received in the outer bag. A coolant bag is received in the inner bag and has coolant received therein. An outlet part is connected to the lower end of the outer bag and connected with a hose so that the user can suck the water in the outer bag. The water is cooled by the coolant in the coolant bag which is located at the lower end of the outer bag. A handle has a clamp slot with which a sealing rod is securely engaged. The inlet of the outer bag can be sealed by the cooperation of the clamp slot of the handle and the sealing rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventor: Chien Ping Lien
  • Patent number: 7921527
    Abstract: A towel clip for securing a towel around the waist of a user, the towel clip typically including a body. The body has a longitudinal axis, and an inner and outer surface. The body has a first leg and a second leg and a bridge section. The bridge section is typically semicircular and the first leg and second extend outward therefrom. An embodiment of Applicant's towel clip includes a convex upper rail located on the inner surface of the first leg and a pair of convex lower rails spaced apart on the lower legs and extending upward from the inner surface of the lower leg. The bridge section is resilient and the legs will spread apart to exert pressure on a folded towel to secure the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Inventor: Carey Moy
  • Publication number: 20100186201
    Abstract: A clip includes first and second clamping pieces provided to clamp a member to be fixed. The first clamping piece includes an insertion part to be inserted into a thorough hole of a fixed member. The insertion part includes a pair of strip member, each including a smaller width portion, a larger width portion and a stepped portion provided therebetween. In a course of the insertion part being inserted into the through hole, the larger width portions of the strip members pass the through hole while the strip members are flexed in the direction approaching to each other, and subsequently when the smaller width portions are inserted into the through hole, the strip members are allowed to be deformed in a direction separating from each other to return to an original state, whereby the stepped portions are locked to a region to be locked in the fixed member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Applicant: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomoaki NAGATA
  • Patent number: 7730923
    Abstract: An adjustable hanging apparatus for blind valances is provided. The hanging apparatus includes a hanging device and a mounting device. The hanging device has a hook, which can be slidably hooked over a headrail. In addition, a base of the hanging device has an opening. The opening is disposed with two resilient mounting plates, and each mounting plate has a plurality of troughs. A neck portion is formed therebetween the mounting plates. The mounting device has a joint portion, which can engage with the valance. Also, a jam portion passes through the neck portion and mounted therein. Positioning flanges can be engaged with the troughs of the mounting plates so as to limit the vertical movement of the mounting device, and the mounting device can be inserted through the opening in the vertical direction of any positions to adjust the valance to desired positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Niem Made Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: De-Jun Zhang
  • Patent number: 7591030
    Abstract: A retractor assembly for engaging a sheet on which a patient is disposed includes a transverse member and a pair of tethers coupled to the transverse member and extending from the transverse member for coupling to a winding assembly. A pair of sheet clamps are mounted to the transverse member, which are spaced apart along the longitudinal axis of the transverse member in a fixed spaced relationship for engaging a sheet at two points spaced along the longitudinal axis. The transverse member maintains the sheet clamps in their fixed spaced relationship whereby the sheet clamps resist inward migration toward each other when being used to handle a patient on a sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Martin W. Stryker, Jeffrey L. Lewandowski, James T. Thwaites, Richard J. Bartow, Scott Smieja, David P. Marcusen
  • Patent number: 7575388
    Abstract: A binder for filing tools which binds sheets having a plurality of sheet hole parts aligned in the center includes a locking bar which corresponds to a front cover wherein two front cover parts formed from flat boards of which one side of each is respectively connected to a back cover part and integrated. The back cover part includes a plurality of key-shaped locking parts erected on the front surface thereof, the key-shaped locking part is penetrated through the sheet hole parts in the sheet, a plurality of tying parts are provided in the locking bar in positions corresponding to the positions of the key-shaped locking parts, and the sheets are held between the locking bar and front cover by each tying part being locked to the key-shaped locking part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: King Jim Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Shimada, Naotoshi Toda, Tomohiro Yatabe
  • Patent number: 7520080
    Abstract: An elongated poster support arrangement comprising an elongated extrusion having an uppermost wall and a tapered sidewall which extends angularly from the uppermost wall. A central support wall is arranged between the tapered sidewall to define an elongated longitudinally disposed chamber between the tapered sidewall and the central support wall. The longitudinal chamber has a slot which is arranged to receive a lift tool to permit the poster support to be lifted to and removed from a ceiling rail. The tapered sidewall has a distal edge flange arranged to facilitate sliding engagement of a blade of the lift tool. The blade of the lift tool has a tapered lock member thereon for wedging between the flange and the support wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Rose Displays, Ltd.
    Inventors: David E Pitcher, Thomas P. Burrous
  • Patent number: 7373748
    Abstract: An elongated poster support arrangement comprising an elongated extrusion having an uppermost wall, a first tapered sidewall and a second tapered sidewall. The first and second sidewalls angularly extend from the uppermost wall. A central support wall is arranged between the first and the second tapered sidewalls to define a first longitudinal chamber between the first tapered sidewall and the central support wall and also to define a second longitudinal chamber between the second tapered sidewall and the central support wall. An arrangement of gripping members is loosely disposed within the second longitudinal chamber. The second chamber is arranged to receive a poster therein for pinched securement between the gripping members and the central support wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Rose Displays Ltd.
    Inventors: David E. Pitcher, Thomas D. Borroos
  • Patent number: 7261140
    Abstract: In a spring-loaded curtain mount, the mount includes a pole interface at a proximal end, a compressive mechanism, and a head at a distal end. The pole interface is adapted to receive the end of a standard length adjustable pole or a painter's pole. The compression mechanism is disposed between the proximal end of the mount and the head. The mount includes a coupling device adapted to receive a portion of a curtain. During installation, the curtain mount is coupled to the end of an extension pole and the length of the pole is adjusted such that the combined length of the pole and mount is slightly longer than the distance between the floor and ceiling. At ground level, a portion of the curtain is attached to the head of the curtain mount. The curtain and mount are raised to the ceiling and the mount and pole are compressed between the floor and the ceiling. This compressive force operates to urge the head toward the ceiling, securing the mount in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Zipwall LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Whittemore
  • Patent number: 7261492
    Abstract: An anchoring method of fabric panels for flood control and water control, wherein the anchoring method comprises the steps of: attaching a plurality of anchors. Each anchor has a base, a first wall and a second wall disposed on opposite ends of the base, a chamber, and arms attached to the walls projecting away from the walls. An extension is attached to the first arm, wherein the extension projects over the chamber, then a deformable tube goes in the chamber near the first wall, a fabric panel attached to a mooring is then put in the chamber on top of the deformable tube, then inserting a chock into the chamber against the deformable tube, wherein the deformable tube is compressed, then inserting a key into the chamber between the chock and the second wall, wherein the chock engages the key and the deformable tube is uncompressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Hendee Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles C. Hendee
  • Patent number: 7257913
    Abstract: A signage system comprising a prism-shaped tri-panel louver having a slot at each corner into which can be slid a clip. The clip is generally V-shaped with a pair of opposing sides joined at one end to form an apex. At the apex end is a pair of opposing fingers which are generally parallel to the clip sides. The fingers form a slot on each side. The clip is slid and retained by a friction fit within the slot such that when three clips are installed the fingers and slots formed therein can hold the sign graphics strip. The clip can flex somewhat to allow for insertion in a slot in the louver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Ad-Tech International, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Heller, Richard Wanser, Dewey Pitts
  • Patent number: 7165296
    Abstract: Flexible material clamp discloses two parts, triangular bar and rigid clamp having congruent triangular channel. The bar has base and two major inclined surfaces meeting at acute angle, length of the major surfaces being at least three times base height. Clamp has internal triangular channel whose major surfaces are congruent to major surfaces of triangular bar. One clamp end opens into apex of the channel and at least one side of clamp opens to triangular channel. One end of flexible material to be clamped is wrapped about triangular bar and overlapped upon itself. The wrapped bar is inserted into clamp channel though the at least one open side of clamp and flexible material is passed through clamp opening at channel apex. Assembled wrapped bar and clamp connect to tensioning means causing clamp and bar to move relative to one another to lock flexible material between major surfaces of triangular bar and corresponding major surfaces of triangular clamp channel, locking flexible material in channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Inventor: Kelly R. Coleman
  • Patent number: 7108040
    Abstract: In a spring-loaded curtain mount, the mount includes a pole interface at a proximal end, a compressive mechanism, and a head at a distal end. The pole interface is adapted to receive the end of a standard length adjustable pole or a painter's pole. The compression mechanism is disposed between the proximal end of the mount and the head. The mount includes a coupling device adapted to receive a portion of a curtain. During installation, the curtain mount is coupled to the end of an extension pole and the length of the pole is adjusted such that the combined length of the pole and mount is slightly longer than the distance between the floor and ceiling. At ground level, a portion of the curtain is attached to the head of the curtain mount. The curtain and mount are raised to the ceiling and the mount and pole are compressed between the floor and the ceiling. This compressive force operates to urge the head toward the ceiling, securing the mount in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Whittemore
  • Patent number: 7024733
    Abstract: A device for securing a towel to ground so the towel will not be blown away has a first anchor device coupled to a first end of the towel and a second anchor device coupled to a second end of the towel. The first anchor device and the second anchor device are coupled to the ground to prevent the towel from being blown away. The first anchor device and the second anchor device each comprises a body section. A first arc member is formed on a first end of the body section. The first arc member is rolled in the ground so that ground elements rest inside the first arch member such that the weight of the ground elements prevents the beach towel from being blow away. A second arc member is formed at a second end of the body section. The second arc member partially touches the body section to form an enclosed oval channel, the oval channel used for securing the towel to the body section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Inventor: Donald D. Egigian
  • Patent number: 6994470
    Abstract: A flexible package comprising an integral snap-closure and a method and apparatus for applying the snap closure to the package is disclosed. The snap closure is arranged to enable the repeated opening and closing of a mouth of the package and includes a segmented male closure element and a segmented female closure element that are arranged to snap-fit together. A pair of optional overlay strips may be provided to obscure the male and female closure elements to provide an enhanced aesthetically pleasing package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventor: David E. Galomb
  • Patent number: 6991403
    Abstract: A system for anchoring fabric panels having an anchor housing which includes, a base, walls on the ends of the base, a chamber, and an extension attached to the first wall, wherein the extension projects over the chamber. The system includes a key disposed in the chamber of the anchor housing adjacent to a wall, wherein the key comprises a locking edge, a chock disposed in the chamber adjacent to the key, wherein the chock has a locking edge that engages the locking edge of the key, a deformable tube disposed in the chamber of the anchor housing between the first wall and the chock and beneath the extension, and wherein a space is created between the tube and the extension. A fabric panel attached to a mooring which is located in the space, and wherein the fabric panel extends from the mooring and over the extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Inventor: Charles C. Hendee
  • Patent number: 6880209
    Abstract: A self propelled lawnmower protective component used to support the grass catcher door is formed of a plastic material that is more flexible than the polyethylene material used in the prior art. By using co-extrusion, two different plastics are extruded into one shape. When applied to the lawnmower structure, the adhesion between the basic profile and a co-extruded ball or flap is extremely tight. Metallocene olefin is the plastic material which, when compressed under load and heat, recovers its original shape, similar to a soft rubber product and still has the capability of adhering to the polyethylene profile, so as not to separate after continuous or repeated use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Inventor: Stanley V. Kulkaski
  • Patent number: 6701586
    Abstract: A sheet gripping assembly comprises an elongate member having a side defining inwardly extending wall portions defining confronting channels, and a gripping member of generally zigzag configuration manually manipulable to engage into said confronting channels to secure sheet material between the elongate members and the gripping member. The elongate member may have an elongated slot for positioning therealong a threaded fastener to secure the elongate member to a second structural member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: John L. Conley, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas L. Conley, Howard L. Davis
  • Patent number: 6691381
    Abstract: A a clip for mounting an elongated fuel rail with respect to an internal combustion engine. The fuel rail extends along a longitudinal axis and includes a mounting portion at an intermediate positon along the longitudinal axis, and the internal combustion engine includes a recess. The clip comprises a first portion adapted to engage the fuel rail, and a second portion adapted to be slidably received in the recess along a generally transverse axis with respect to the longitudinal axis. The first portion partially surrounds the longitudinal axis and is adapted to engage the mounting portion so as to prevent relative displacement along the longitudinal axis. The second portion is adapted to be releasably retained with respect to the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Siemens Automotive Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph E. Scollard, Stephen C. Bugos
  • Patent number: 6678923
    Abstract: A bag closure system for automatically closing a bag with audible and tactile feedback to indicate proper closure of the bag. The bag closure system includes a bag device having an opening, a first band positioned within a first lip of the opening, and a second band positioned within a second lip of the opening. The first band and second band are comprised of a resilient elongate material that audibly and tactilely indicate when the opening is opened or closed. The first band and the second band further provide for automatic closure of the opening to prevent loss of items within the bag device. The first band and the second band are preferably comprised of a resilient material having an arcuate cross section providing rigidity to the bands when in a straight condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: Bisadora, LLC.
    Inventors: Mark H. Goldberg, Robert L. Coker, Douglas P. Gibbs
  • Publication number: 20040000040
    Abstract: A self propelled lawnmower protective component used to support the grass catcher door is formed of a plastic material that is more flexible than the polyethylene material used in the prior art. By using co-extrusion, two different plastics are extruded into one shape. When applied to the lawnmower structure, the adhesion between the basic profile and a co-extruded ball or flap is extremely tight. Metallocene olefin is the plastic material which, when compressed under load and heat, recovers its original shape, similar to a soft rubber product and still has the capability of adhering to the polyethylene profile, so as not to separate after continuous or repeated use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Publication date: January 1, 2004
    Inventor: Stanley V. Kulkaski
  • Patent number: 6662411
    Abstract: A clip fastener includes a base and a clip head that is distant from the base. The clip head includes a barb having a rounded outer surface including a ramp that increases in diameter towards the base. An elongate clip neck connects the base with the clip head. The clip neck has sufficient resilience under compressive forces exerted on the rounded outer surface of the barb to permit movement of the barb. The clip may be formed as an individual unit for use in fastening operations, or it may be molded into component structures, such as fan carriers for computer fans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Brandon A. Rubenstein, Bradley E. Clements, Angela L. Minichiello
  • Patent number: 6637080
    Abstract: The present invention is a reversible single-piece flex holder for retaining a flexible sign face to a sign frame. The flex holder has a latch block and a latch blade movable toward the latch block about a hinge, for clamping the margin of a sign face. A pair of pivot lips are provided on the outside of the flex holder for engagement into a slot in a sign frame. These pivot lips are symmetrical to each other relative to a clamping axis of the flex holder, such that the flex holder is interchangeably mountable to the margin of a flexible sign face. The flex holder also has a stopper lip extending from the latch block and a stopper bulge on the latch blade. The lip and the bulge interfere with each other when the latch blade is reopened to a certain extent to prevent over-stressing the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Inventor: Normand Verret
  • Patent number: 6637081
    Abstract: A self propelled lawnmower protective component used to support the grass catcher door is formed of a plastic material that is more flexible than the polyethylene material used in the prior art. By using co-extrusion, two different plastics are extruded into one shape. When applied to the lawnmower structure, the adhesion between the basic profile and the co-extruded ball is extremely tight. TPE is the plastic material which, when compressed under load and heat, recovers its original shape, similar to a soft rubber product and still has the capability of adhering to the polyethylene profile, so as not to separate after continuous or repeated use and still return to its original shape. An additional volume of TPE may be formed within the ball to provide mechanical strength. The TPE used is SANTOPRENE®.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Inventor: Stanley V. Kulkaski
  • Patent number: 6625851
    Abstract: A separable fastening system including female component having a channel-like structure into which a male component is inserted. The female component has a lengthwise opening that can be widened for insertion of the male component and can recover to its original shape, thereby enveloping the male component and providing vertical engagement. The female component has depressions or holes on or through a surface of the female component. Protrusions from the male component engage with the depressions or holes, thereby providing engagement in a shear force direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Ray Martin, Richard John Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20030154579
    Abstract: A roll clip is generally C-shaped made of a flexible material which allows the clip to snap over and hold a roll of paper or other material. In one embodiment, the clip includes feet at the open ends of the clip for resting on a surface such that the roll can be held in a partially unrolled fashion for studying the contents of blueprints or measuring and cutting of wallpaper or wrapping paper. In a preferred embodiment, the feet are rounded to facilitate snapping the clip over a paper roll.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2002
    Publication date: August 21, 2003
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Disher
  • Patent number: 6564435
    Abstract: A combination-type curtain hook is disclosed. A combination-type curtain hook having a stitching strap and a moving hook, characterized in that the stitching strap includes a stitching piece having one side being mounted with a plurality of protruded blocks being spaced apart to form a sliding rail, and the other side of the stitching piece is stitched to the folded flap of a curtain, and the moving hook including a pair of protruded arms at one side thereof is engageable with the protruded block and the protruded arms are positioned at the gap formed between each neighboring protruded blocks, thereby the sliding hook slides up and down along the protruded blocks, achieving the positioning and height adjustment of the curtain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Inventor: Wen Chuen Chan
  • Publication number: 20030005559
    Abstract: The present invention is a reversible single-piece flex holder for retaining a flexible sign face to a sign frame. The flex holder has a latch block and a latch blade movable toward the latch block about a hinge, for clamping the margin of a sign face. A pair of pivot lips are provided on the outside of the flex holder for engagement into a slot in a sign frame. These pivot lips are symmetrical to each other relative to a clamping axis of the flex holder, such that the flex holder is interchangeably mountable to the margin of a flexible sign face. The flex holder also has a stopper lip extending from the latch block and a stopper bulge on the latch blade. The lip and the bulge interfere with each other when the latch blade is reopened to a certain extent to prevent over-stressing the hinge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2002
    Publication date: January 9, 2003
    Inventor: Normand Verret
  • Patent number: 6473941
    Abstract: A fastening assembly and method uses a belt loop/snap arrangement in which a belt loop of a pair of pants or other garment is combined with a female or male snap part. The other mating snap part half (male or female) is attached to the bag or carrying case of an electronic device such as a cellular phone, CD player, or wearable computers, etc. The belt loops on which the snap parts are attached can be sewn on pants in vertical, horizontal and criss-cross arrangements to form “I” type, “H” type, “X” type, “Y” type and “V” type arrangements. The snap fasteners are preferably placed on the middle area of the belt loop and at the center to about the upper ⅓ to ⅕ of the back side of the bag or carrier for the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Inventors: David Mei, Jin-Xia Bao
  • Patent number: 6347911
    Abstract: Flexible elastomer wrap panels stretched and clamped encircling submerged pilings, risers and pipelines are coated to resist degradation by any form of marine life, and incorporate an interior pile-facing felt layer impregnated with a corrosion inhibiting and biocidal gel, providing long term protection for pilings and like submerged objects. The wrap panels present radial rib-strakes protruding outward from the piling and extending along the piling in a longitudinal direction, either vertically, parallel to the vertical axis of the piling or pipe, or slanting helically, reducing or eliminating aeolian vibration induced by flowing ocean currents causing vortex formation. In some embodiments, the wrap panels and strakes incorporate a marine growth inhibiting filler material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2002
    Assignee: Slickbar Products Corp.
    Inventors: Russell M. Blair, C. Peter Ziehl, Anthony E. J. Strange, Michael F. Maucieri
  • Patent number: 6309134
    Abstract: A retainer catch assembly includes a receiver having an inner channel and an outer shell and a plurality of detents aligned on each of opposite sides of the outer shell. One or more spring clips are selectably positioned within a detent aligned on each side of the outer shell. A striker is further positioned within the inner channel so that it is removable from the inner channel under an adjustable force depending upon the relative position of the spring clip. The retainer catch assembly may be particularly suited to a vehicle center console wherein a cover is slidable with respect to a compartment and requires that the cover have an adjustable removal force depending upon the position of the cover relative to the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark S. Hann