Piece Totally Forms Clasp, Clip, Or Support-clamp And Has Shaped, Wirelike, Or Bandlike Configuration With Uniform Cross Section Throughout Its Length Patents (Class 24/546)
  • Patent number: 10610837
    Abstract: A manifold having a first side, a second side, a first channel extending from the first side to the second side, and a second channel extending from the first side to the second side is disclosed. The first channel and the second channel each define a linear longitudinal axis. In one embodiment, the first channel longitudinal axis and the second channel longitudinal axis are oblique to the first side and the second side of the manifold. The manifold of the present disclosure provides channels that can be easily cleaned and allow for an increased flow performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Rooftop Research, LLC
    Inventor: Robert S. Burns
  • Patent number: 10492992
    Abstract: An ointment squeeze ball has an exit orifice for dispensing ointment. A colorant squeeze ball has an exit orifice for dispensing colorant. A mixing tube has an input end, an exit applicator tip, and an elongated passageway with helical mixing vanes. A central component in a Y-shaped configuration with a central passageway removably couples the ointment squeeze ball and the mixing tube. The central component has a lateral leg with a lateral passageway removably coupling the colorant squeeze ball and an intermediate region of the central passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas Paul Cogley
  • Patent number: 10420901
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for delivery of fluids, particularly biological, reactive fluids. The apparatus provides an opening when force is acted on the apparatus, and closure when no force is acted thereon. The apparatus provides a cleaning mechanism to remove fluids and other materials from a mixing space after use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: John Goodman, Rebecca Leibowitz
  • Patent number: 10390615
    Abstract: A closet apparel organizer includes a label plate having a first surface and a second surface, a first body member connected to a first location of the label plate, a second body member connected to a second location of the label plate, and a reception member connected to the first body member and the second body member. The reception member is configured to engage with a closet rod and includes an entrance opening. The first surface is facing in an outward direction away from the first and second body members and the second surface is facing in an inward direction towards the first and second body members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Dennis Arthur Bradley
  • Patent number: 10091952
    Abstract: A method for controlling the planting of olive trees for the continuous mechanical harvesting of the olives using harvesting machines, the method having the following steps: planting parallel rows of olive tree saplings with a spacing between the tree trunks and a spacing between the rows; placing trellising on each row; placing divergent supports for each tree; attaching two divergent branches of each tree, which are arranged in a single vertical plane and in the vertical plane of the row to which said tree belongs, onto a pair of supports; removing other branches of said tree; adapting the shape of the foliage of the trees so as to impart a configuration flattened in alignment with the rows thereto; maintaining said configuration by periodically pruning the trees until the latter reach maturity and bear fruit; and removing the supports and the trellising when the trees are fully grown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: PELLENC (SOCIETE ANONYME)
    Inventors: Roger Pellenc, Christian Rolland
  • Patent number: 9609974
    Abstract: An improved, simpler, and more cost effective method for hanging multiple layers of curtaining with reduced damage to the casement of a window or of the walls around a window. An e-shaped hook (1) wraps around an existing bracket (3) utilized to hang a primary curtain rod. The hook (1) then extends down from the bracket (3) ending in a lateral prong at a right angle to the bracket (3) and perpendicular to the original curtain rod, pointing toward the center of the window. This prong is then inserted into the aperture of a telescoping rod with an internal spring adjustment referred to as a spring tension rod (2). The spring tension rod (2), due to its internal spring, allows for the rod to be inserted onto the hook (1) and be released from the hook (1) without the removal of the hook (1) from the bracket (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Shelley Megan Mateer
  • Patent number: 9441475
    Abstract: A downhole assembly may include a housing having an outer surface and an inner surface, the outer surface adapted for contact with a downhole fluid, the inner surface defining an interior volume. One or more heat producing components may be disposed within the interior volume and in thermal contact with a structural component (e.g., chassis). One or more thermal dissipation members may be disposed within the housing, the one or more thermal dissipation members in thermal contact with the chassis and in thermal contact with the inner surface of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Florence Garnier, Jean-Christophe Auchere, Alain Guelat
  • Patent number: 9417335
    Abstract: A logging while drilling (LWD) tool can include a shock mounted sensor package with thermal isolation. For example, a LWD tool can include a pressure housing surrounding a cavity. A sensor package that includes at least one end connection can be coupled within the cavity. The LWD tool can also include a support structure coupled to the pressure housing and supporting the end connection of the sensor package. The support structure is configured to provide damping along at least one of the axial, radial, and azimuthal axes. The end connection is configured to inhibit thermal conductivity between the support structure and the sensor package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: CBG Corporation
    Inventors: Paul L. Sinclair, Robert Scott Neves
  • Patent number: 9316849
    Abstract: A system for attaching a device to a glasses frame includes a spring clip that applies pressure to two sides of the glasses frame, and a magnet for attaching the device thereto. The device may attach directly to the magnet, or via a slide-on attachment piece. The spring clip may include a spring arm having distal ends that assist the spring clip in applying pressure to the glasses frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Yen-Sung Wang
  • 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: 8998071
    Abstract: A three-pronged box flap closure device is provided for securing together three box flaps of a moving box or carton without the use of adhesive tape or overlapping the box flaps to secure the same together. One or more closure devices are contemplated for each box end, wherein each closure device comprises a first and second upper prong member forming a substantial V-shape with a common apex. A third prong member extends from the apex and between the first and second prong members, wherein the third prong member is disposed below the plane created by the first and second prong members. The first and second prong members are adapted to be positioned over a pair of aligned box flaps, while the lower prong member extends beneath a third, undermost box flap below the aligned box flaps, thereby sandwiching the three box flaps together along one side of the box end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Stephen Sublett
  • Patent number: 8850671
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomoaki Nagata
  • Patent number: 8807903
    Abstract: A retainer pin is described for retaining, in one embodiment, a relatively thin blade against a transverse surface. The pin has a transition section which extends through an opening in the blade, a keeper section extending along one side of the blade, and a snap arm and snap end extending along an opposite side of the blade with a snap snapping over the edge of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Echelon Corporation
    Inventor: Chien A. Lam
  • Patent number: 8769781
    Abstract: A retaining device for retaining a shower caddy or other item on a shower arm or other elongated member includes a clip structure for partially surrounding the shower arm or elongated member and having retaining arms extending therefrom and a plastic sleeve structure having receptacles for receiving the retaining arms to hold the sleeve structure on the clip structure, and a shower-arm engaging portion or elongated member engaging portion for engaging the shower arm or elongated member to render the shower caddy or other item immobile on the shower arm or elongated member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: InterDesign, Inc.
    Inventor: John R. Carney
  • Patent number: 8701254
    Abstract: A clamp structure includes a base plate, a pair of first jaws, and a pair of second jaws. The first jaws extend respectively from two sides of the base plate in a face-to-face manner and form a first jaw opening at their ends. The first jaws are also formed with a pair of cutouts that face each other. The second jaws extend respectively from the pair of cutouts towards the base plate and form a second jaw opening at their ends. Each second jaw has a hook-shaped configuration composed of a first arc near the second jaw opening and a second arc away from the base plate, wherein the first arc has a greater curvature than the second arc. A junction box and a solar panel which are bonded together can be inserted into and thus clamped by the clamp structure so as to be secured against lateral shifting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: K.S. Terminals Inc.
    Inventor: Chih-Hsin Lin
  • Publication number: 20130086777
    Abstract: The invention relates to a clip device and system for securing ornamental lights, wires, and wired or wireless devices to a rain gutter downspout without damaging the downspout. The retaining device is comprised of a plastic or metal clip. The clip is molded or formed to fit the surface of the rain gutter downspout and securely supports a wires and/or devices on the surface of the downspout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventors: James McLaughlin, Margaret Fitzpatrick
  • Patent number: 8375615
    Abstract: A planar sheet mounting device comprising: a frame unit; at least one retaining unit connected to the frame unit, wherein the at least one retaining device comprises: a first plurality of formed segment pairs, wherein a formed segment pair comprises a first formed segment disposed on a second formed segment, wherein the second formed segment is substantially identical to the first formed segment, wherein the first formed segment is oriented in a plane substantially parallel to the plane of the second formed segment, whereby a planar sheet is retained when interposed between the first formed segment the second formed segment; a holder, wherein the first plurality of formed segment pairs are coupled to holder at least one point on each formed segment pair of the first plurality of formed segment pairs, and wherein the first plurality of formed segment pairs are oriented adjacent to each other; an affixant coupled to the holder for removably affixing the first plurality of formed segment pairs and the frame unit
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Valerie Cameron
  • Patent number: 8348582
    Abstract: A clip for a pin that extends from an outer surface of a member, the clip comprising a pin retaining portion and a clamp portion that surrounds the member outer surface, the clamp portion having a pin receiving opening therein adapted to receive the exposed end of the pin, and a pin retaining portion adjacent the pin receiving opening to retain the pin in the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Joy MM Delaware, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Tom Bithell, Geoffrey Philip Wade
  • Patent number: 8250822
    Abstract: An improved system, method and product are disclosed for attaching non load-bearing metal wall studs to an overhead metal track in metal stud framing systems used for wall partitioning, in a manner that allows the overhead track to deflect under load without transferring the load to the studs and any attached wall partitions. The system features compression spring attachment products that frictionally engage overlapping flange portions of the track and studs so that any overhead load-induced movements of the track are not transferred from the track to the studs, or to any wall partitions attached to the studs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Neil O'Connor
  • Patent number: 8146875
    Abstract: A mosquito coil holder in the form of a clip. The clip has a first and second contact portions each adapted to contact a mosquito coil and to hold a mosquito coil therebetween. First and second support portions support the respective first and second contact portions relative to each other. A connection portion connects the first and second support portions. The clip includes at least one base portion which acts as a base upon which the clip can stand in use, while holding a mosquito coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: Dennis Pryor
  • Patent number: 8117719
    Abstract: A system for engaging and supporting a flat piece of cardstock. The system utilizes a clip. The clip is made from a continuous strip of material. The clip is configured into four sections that are delineated by three bends. A first clip structure is defined by a first section, a first bend and a second section. The first clip structure is capable of receiving and retaining a portion of a flat piece of cardstock. Likewise, a second clip structure is defined by a second section, a second bend and a third section. The second clip structure is capable of receiving and retaining a portion of a different piece of cardstock. The clip can be supported or interconnected to other clips by a detachable tubular element, such as a straw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Edward R. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 8079165
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a portable shopping aid used to mount a shopping list, coupons, or other documents. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the aid is configured to sacrifice a writing surface in favor of portability, by providing a small body that may be easily inserted into a pocket or handbag. The body includes a clamp for mounting the aid onto a push bar of a shopping cart, for hands free viewing during shopping, as well as a document clip mechanism that clips documents by their ends closest to the push bar. In order to provide structural rigidity to retained documents, and notwithstanding the absence of a writing surface or clipboard, the clip mechanism is configured to crease documents. The shopping aid also includes feet for standing the aid upright, on a flat surface, and means for mounting the aid magnetically on a refrigerator wall, in all cases such that retained documents are presented in a convenient reading orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventors: Michael J. Buerchner, Christopher N. Pericles, Michael J. Strasser, William G. Tannen
  • Patent number: 7939767
    Abstract: A conduit body is described which includes an integrally formed nipple extending from the back wall of the body portion of the conduit body. The exterior surface of the nipple has threads formed thereon. The nipple being adapted to be cut to length with respect to different wall thicknesses of a building through which a nipple is extended to enable electrical wires to be extended through the building wall into an electrical panel or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Inventor: Ryan Tiefenthaler
  • Patent number: 7854372
    Abstract: A rectangular box closure clip engages the two top flaps of a shipping container holding them securely without damaging the carton enabling the boxes to be reused without the need for being reformulated. The closure clip includes a pair of lower surfaces and a pair of upper surfaces interconnected by a central web that extends substantially throughout the length of the clip. The edges of the two upper surfaces are set back to facilitate insertion into the box. In a second embodiment, a vertically extending endstop is provided to prevent a box stacked atop the clip from sliding axially relative thereto. In still a third embodiment, a recess allows a binder strap to be installed around the clip to retain it in place. A programmable, scanable chip may be incorporated into the closure clip to facilitate tracking and/or to tamper-proof the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Inventor: John A Bartone, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7819120
    Abstract: A respiratory component mounting assembly includes a first respiratory component, a second respiratory component and a mounting clip for mounting the second respiratory component to the first respiratory component. Each of the first and second respiratory components includes at least two spaced apart clip openings. The mounting clip has an intermediate portion and two spaced apart free ends connected to the intermediate portion. The intermediate portion of the mounting clip is received within both of the clip openings of the first respiratory component and the free ends of the mounting clip are received in the clip openings of the second respiratory component for releasably securing the first and second respiratory components together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: David S. Taylor, Peter D. Lee, Desmond T. Curran, Peter B. Allen, Scott R. Alexander
  • Patent number: 7690142
    Abstract: A holder for clamping flexible sheet material includes an extruded plastic, elongated channel member having a base wall having two ends. The base wall is connected at one of the ends to a relatively short, upstanding forward leg having an inner face forming a bearing surface. The forward leg has a free upper end, and the base wall is connected at the other of the ends thereof to a relatively long, upstanding rearward leg having an upper end, and a top wall is joined to the upper end of the rearward leg. The top wall extends down behind the forward leg and has a free end which resiliently engages the bearing surface of the forward leg and it also has a crease or bend line spaced apart from the upper edge of the forward leg so as to define a wedge-shaped opening therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Inventor: Ronald M. Pollack
  • Patent number: 7673410
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a portable shopping aid used to mount a shopping list, coupons, or other documents. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the aid is configured to sacrifice a writing surface in favor of portability, by providing a small body that may be easily inserted into a pocket or handbag. The body includes a clamp for mounting the aid onto a push bar of a shopping cart, for hands free viewing during shopping, as well as a document clip mechanism that clips documents by their ends closest to the push bar. In order to provide structural rigidity to retained documents, and notwithstanding the absence of a writing surface or clipboard, the clip mechanism is configured to crease documents. The shopping aid also includes feet for standing the aid upright, on a flat surface, and means for mounting the aid magnetically on a refrigerator wall, in all cases such that retained documents are presented in a convenient reading orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: CM Concepts, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Buerchner, Christopher N. Pericles, Michael J. Strasser, William G. Tammen
  • Publication number: 20090139152
    Abstract: A gutter level device for leveling a gutter against a pitched fascia board is provided. The gutter level device includes a clip adapted to attach to a rear wall of the gutter. A selectively formable arm is coupled to a first end of the clip and adapted to bend to a first desired angle. The arm is further adapted to substantially match the pitch of the fascia board. A method for leveling the gutter with the gutter level device is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Inventor: Randy Smith
  • Patent number: 7524196
    Abstract: A connecting/disconnecting element (6a; 6b) for retaining a component (1) on a PCB (3), said connecting/disconnecting element (6a; 6b) comprising at least one longitudinal arm (61a, 62a; 61b) with a first end (63a; 63b) adapted to engage through a hole (30) in said PCB (3), and a second opposite end (64a; 64b), said element being adapted to clip onto said PCB (3) whilst bridging component (1) with said longitudinal arm extending in a retaining position parallel to the plane of the PCB and to a top surface of said component. According to the invention, said element is made of electrical conductive material, said longitudinal arm is (61a, 62a; 61b) adapted to be in contact, in said retaining position, with an electrical conductive part of said top surface, and said hole (30) is a plated through hole with which said first end (63a; 63b) is adapted to be in contact with in said retaining position, thus achieving both mechanical holding of component and electrical connection to ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Inventor: William H. Bond
  • Patent number: 7493677
    Abstract: A holding clip is provided for fixing the position of components which carry getters and are arranged at least partly as holl bodies in containers used in vacuum systems. The holding clip include, a partial section supporting the component carrying the getter and a partial section forming a supporting part for support in the container. The partial section supports the component carrying the getter by way of a flexurally rigid connection. The partial section is provided with a spring-elastic arrangement, so that the component carrying the getter can be braced relative to the partial section supporting the component carrying the getter and the supporting part can be braced relative to the inner surface of the container by elastic deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Schott AG
    Inventors: Matthias Müller, Günter Bauer
  • Patent number: 7448155
    Abstract: A money clip for organizing and storing paper bills such as currency. The money clip includes a single length of wire having two free ends which form a clasping portion and a flap attached thereto. The two free ends of the wire have spherical elements attached thereto to cover the free ends. The wire is folded symmetrically with respect to a straight base portion to provide a “butterfly-like” configuration; the base portion being “the body” of the butterfly, and the folded portions on either side of the base forming “the wings” of the butterfly. The flap is a substantially flat, disc-shaped member affixed to the base portion along a diameter thereof such that the base portion is substantially colinear with a diameter of the flap. A portion of the flap covers a portion of the clasping portion disposed adjacent the base portion and serves to maintain the correct orientation of the bills in the clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Inventor: Michael Dolas
  • Patent number: 7350756
    Abstract: A fastener for the suspension of a birdcage toy or the like has a first end terminating in a first loop, and a second end terminating in a second loop, each of the first and second loops terminating in a free end that allows for easy attachment of objects to the loops. An additional section is defined between the loop free ends to assist in preventing the free ends from deflecting outward, resulting in possible inadvertent detachment from the cage or retained object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: JW Pet Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Klaus Woltmann, Jonathan Willinger
  • Patent number: 7281359
    Abstract: A spacer is provided for use in a standing seam roof system in which roof panels are provided having a base portion and upstanding side flanges along opposed longitudinal sides of the panel. The panels are installed sequentially along roof purlins in a working direction. Occasionally a portion of each panel being installed trails in the working direction in relation to the remainder of the panel. A spacer element is provided with a hook for being suspended in the seam between upstanding side flanges of adjacent panels to advance the trailing portion of the panels and thereby straighten the panels of the roof system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Inventor: Joe Marshall
  • Patent number: 7204064
    Abstract: Composite structures obtained by joining two or more structures of the type which presents pairs of joined tubular elements, whose extremity is hinged in universal joints and in which the universal joints are substantially parallelepiped in form and present four seats of hinging corresponding to the sides faces, in which the universal joints present grooves along the sides of the face, in which are scheduled the seats to hinge the extended elements, in proximity of the edges and parallel to the same edges, that cooperate with C-sectioned fixing elements to hold united two matched universal joints belonging to two structures from join.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Inventor: Sergio Cazzolaro
  • Patent number: 7047603
    Abstract: A flexible wirelike retainer clip is adapted to hold a plurality of disc-like rings in a stacked assembly. The retainer clip is resilient and can be selectively actuated to hold the rings in a stacked position to facilitate handling for various purposes such as processing the rings while stacked, shipping the rings while stacked and to facilitate release of the rings for assembly to other components. The resilience of the retainer clip facilitates accommodating stacks of rings within a range of varying lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Peterson American Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald D. Holliday, Eric C. Peterson
  • Patent number: 6996946
    Abstract: Composite structures obtained by joining two or more structures of the type which presents pairs of joined tubular elements, whose extremity is hinged in universal joints and in which the universal joints are substantially parallelepiped in form and present four seats of hinging corresponding to the sides faces, in which the universal joints present grooves along the sides of the face, in which are scheduled the seats to hinge the extended elements, in proximity of the edges and parallel to the same edges, that cooperate with C-sectioned fixing elements to hold united two matched universal joints belonging to two structures from join.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventor: Sergio Cazzolaro
  • Patent number: 6814716
    Abstract: A device for externally retaining a gastrostomy feeding tube comprises a clip. In one embodiment, the clip is a generally rectangular, unitary structure shaped to include a first end wall, a second end wall spaced apart from and extending parallel to the first end wall, a lower wall extending perpendicularly between and interconnecting the first end wall and the second end wall, and an upper wall having a first end connected to the first end wall and a second end spaced apart from the second end wall. The first end wall, the second end wall, the lower wall and the upper wall together define a tubing storage cavity, with the space between the upper wall and the second end wall defining an inlet to the tubing storage cavity. The first end wall has a top surface, a bottom surface and a bore extending between said top surface and said bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: SciMed Life Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Laddvanh Bouphavichith, Michael S. H. Chu, Laurence D. Brenner, William L. Churchill
  • Publication number: 20040093702
    Abstract: A single-piece napkin clip made of a flexible material, attached to the clothing of the wearer by hook (12). A napkin (24) is held in place over the clothing by spring (16) active jaws comprising base ridge (14) and moving ridge (15). Provision is made to slide a graphic piece into the front of the clip, held between top ridge (22) and bottom ridge (18). An optional notch (32) on the obverse of the clip facilitates adhesion to a garment button, in lieu of the use of the hook (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2003
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventor: Samuel H. Mallicoat
  • Patent number: 6735819
    Abstract: A vehicle floor mat affixation device includes a noncircular shaped body with an axial extending connector. The connector secures the affixation device to the vehicle floor. A reverse face of the affixation device includes a panel of releasable fastening material that is designed to mate with a similar panel of releasable fastening material in the vehicle floor mat. The present invention resists affixation device pull-out as well as shear forces applied to the mat with respect to the carpeting on which the mat is placed, but nonetheless permits easy removal and replacement of the vehicle floor mat and of the affixation devices without tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Inventors: David S. Iverson, David F. MacNeil
  • Publication number: 20040088836
    Abstract: The present invention is a self locking provided with many apertures mounted onto a removable clip member provided with connecting members, which allows by the use of a tool adapted to this one to engage and block the removable clip member onto a locking pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2002
    Publication date: May 13, 2004
    Inventor: Francois Mongrain
  • Patent number: 6718907
    Abstract: A double-sided meter includes a case having two open ends, and a movement mounted in the case for measuring temperature, pressure, humidity, or other measurements. The movement is provided at front and rear surfaces with two sets of dial disc and pointer to enable observation of reading values at either side of the meter. The double-sided meter further includes at least one clip-on index that is so shaped that it has some extent of elasticity for fitly and movably attaching to a peripheral wall of the meter. Pointed free ends of the clip-on index are pointed toward scales on the dial discs at two sides of the meter to indicate a desired range of reading values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Inventor: Shen Mu Kao
  • Patent number: 6675449
    Abstract: The present invention provides a liner-securing device for securing a liner to a receptacle or surface of an object and receptacle with a liner-securing device for securing a liner to a perimeter of a receptacle comprising protrusions and recesses, wherein the protrusions are removably secured in the recesses and the liner material is firmly grasped between the surfaces of the protrusions and recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Inventor: Robert B. Wales
  • Publication number: 20030208887
    Abstract: Disclosed is a clip having a base part and a pair of grasping arms. The grasping arms are integrally formed with and bent forward from upper and lower ends of the base part in a manner such that lip portions are formed adjacent to free ends of the grasping arms. The lip portions are abutted against each other with a substantial degree of elasticity. Each lip portion is projectedly formed at both widthwise ends thereof with a pair of lug portions. A pair of first projections are formed on an inner surface of a first grasping arm such that they extend over an entire width of the first grasping arm and define therebetween an engaging groove. A second projection is formed on an inner surface of a second grasping arm such that it extends over an entire width of the second grasping arm and is engaged into the engaging groove of the first grasping arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Publication date: November 13, 2003
    Inventor: Yong-woo Lee
  • Patent number: 6634126
    Abstract: A lottery card reader is disclosed. The lottery card reader comprises (A) a clip that can be releaseably attached to any position along an edge of a lottery card and (B) a transparent flap attached to the clip that extends over at least one game on a lottery card when the clip is attached to a lottery card. Also disclosed is a method of checking a lottery card for winning numbers using the lottery card reader. Further disclosed is an assembly of the lottery card reader and a lottery card, a writing instrument, and/or an envelope into which lottery cards can be placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Inventor: Peter J. Ruffino
  • Patent number: 6619919
    Abstract: A ceiling fan or light fixture is provided with a sliding support member that slides horizontally into a support channel attached to a ceiling box. An electrical plug and receptacle attached to the two support members automatically mate as the two support members are slid together. A bell is then raised to cover the two support members and prevent them from sliding apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Angelo Fan Brace Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Jack Russell Kerr, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6526635
    Abstract: A cord clip for fastening a cord attached to e.g. an earphone to an object such as a clothes is disclosed. The cord clip includes a clipping portion for clamping the object and a cord holding portion for holding the cord. The clipping portion is formed by a first annular portion having a discontinuity at a part thereof. The clipping portion is capable of clamping the object at a clamping portion thereof provided by a narrow gap formed by the discontinuity of the first annular portion by means of an elastic resilient force of the first annular portion. The cord holding portion is formed by a second annular portion having a discontinuity at a part thereof. The cord holding portion is capable of holding the cord therein by means of an elastic resilient force of the second annular portion. This elastic resilient force of the second annular portion is independent of that of the first annular portion. The first annular portion and the second annular portion are formed integrally in a single member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: Hosiden Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Nasu, Satoru Fujiwara
  • Publication number: 20030024082
    Abstract: A spring clip for retaining an electrical connector in coupled engagement with a fuel injector includes a unitary spring clip component having a retainer assembly, a lever assembly operably coupled to the retainer assembly, and a fulcrum assembly operably coupled to the lever assembly. A method of disengaging a spring clip from engagement with a fuel injector, the spring clip retaining an electrical connector in coupled engagement with the fuel injector is also included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2001
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Seymour
  • Patent number: 6484365
    Abstract: A visor clip of unitary construction is presented along with a method for manufacture. The visor clip includes an engagement portion that frictionally engages with an engagement target, which may be a sun visor in an automobile. A payload portion is designed to receive and frictionally couple to a payload, where the payload may include a number of small objects such as toothpicks. The payload portion includes a number of extended portions on one or more of the surfaces that define the payload portion. The inclusion of the extended portions provides a number of force application points that enhance the frictional engagement of the payload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Inventor: Jeffrey S. Thompson
  • Patent number: 6453523
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for securing a stepladder comprising in combination a clamp comprising two opposite walls formed of a substantially rigid material, said walls being arranged and constructed such that said walls are adapted to fixedly secure an article therebetween; and a retaining ledge with two ends, one said end is continuous with one said opposite wall of said clamp and the second end being parallel and adjacent to said opposite wall of said clamp, wherein said parallel and adjacent end is positioned with relation to the continous end to form an ledge for insertion, retention and retraction of the siding of a stepladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Inventor: Henry Teidemann
  • Publication number: 20020124361
    Abstract: The invention offers a clip that makes it possible to use any necktie as-is by the enabling the simple tying of a necktie knot with a single step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2001
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Inventor: Genichi Tamura