Sectional Patents (Class 248/159)
  • Patent number: 10845678
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus comprises an imaging device configured to capture an image of an object, a display device configured to display the image captured by the imaging device, a base having a support rod extending in a vertical direction, and a mechanical arm mechanism mounted on the support rod. The mechanical arm mechanism has a plurality of motion degrees of freedom. The display device or the imaging device is connected to an end arm of the mechanical arm mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., TE Connectivity Corporation
    Inventors: Lei Zhou, Dandan Zhang, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu, Lvhai Hu, Yun Liu
  • Patent number: 10595632
    Abstract: A furniture frame structural system with interlocking members includes a first face frame, a second face frame, and a plurality of frame members. At least one joining feature for each frame member allows the frame members to arrange into a skeletal configuration as the joining feature includes a male interlocking portion and a female interlocking portion. More specifically, the male interlocking portion for each frame member is engaged with the female interlocking portion of an adjacent member from the frame members. Resultantly, the frame members complete the skeletal configuration. The first face frame and the second face frame are then oppositely mounted to the skeletal configuration completing the basic frame structure. Additional components such as post-tensioned fasteners, inner liners, outer panels held in side rails, a top, legs, and baseboard can be optionally integrated with the basic frame structure to improve the functionality and appearance of the resulting furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Peter Matheson Elliott
  • Patent number: 10431804
    Abstract: A secondary battery includes an electrode assembly including first and second electrodes, an outer body having an opening and housing the electrode assembly, a conductive sealing plate sealing the opening, and a deformable member. The sealing plate has a first through-hole. The deformable member seals the first through-hole. When the opening of the outer body faces upward, a second electrode connecting member electrically connected to the second electrode is above the deformable member. A conductive conducting member is disposed between the second electrode connecting member and the deformable member. The diameter of the conducting member is larger than the diameter of the first through-hole. When the pressure inside the outer body becomes equal to or higher than a predetermined value, the deformable member is deformed and brings the conducting member into contact with the second electrode connecting member and electrically connects the sealing plate and the second electrode connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryoichi Wakimoto, Yasuhiro Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 10407095
    Abstract: A multi-axle assembly includes an axle frame configured to move in a first travel configuration, a first axle assembly attached to the axle frame and including a first axle, and a second axle assembly attached to the axle frame and including a second axle. A common axis of rotation passes through both the first axle and the second axle in the first travel configuration. A first axle mount that operably couples the first axle assembly to the axle frame, and a second axle mount that operably couples the second axle assembly to the axle frame. Both the first axle assembly and the second axle assembly may be repositioned to a second travel configuration in which the first axle and the second axle are rotationally offset from the common axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Entro Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn R. Smith, Harlan B. Smith
  • Patent number: 10159881
    Abstract: Rotatable and hinged goal posts are operably rotatable so that the goal post may rotated to a first position with the uprights being disposed toward a playing field such as for use when playing football, and to second position where the uprights being disposed away from the playing field such as for use when playing soccer. In addition, the rotatable and hinged goal posts are operably pivotable from a raised orientation and a lowered orientation, and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Sportsfield Intellectual, LLC
    Inventors: Eric W. Hulbert, Bob J. Barriger, John K. Barriger, Daniel J. Sovocool
  • Patent number: 10132599
    Abstract: A target assembly having a target body and a drive element coupled to the target body, whereby the drive element can be configured for impacting an upper portion of a support element to impactingly drive a lower portion of the support element into a support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Steel Ops Ltd.
    Inventor: Joseph Scott Trimbath
  • Patent number: 10127900
    Abstract: An acoustic panel assembly may have one or more panels adaptable for reflecting sound waves and a support member to which the one or more panels may be attached. The support member may be extendable and retractable. The one or more panels and the support member may be collapsible into a housing. The one or more panels may be configured in one or more substantially planar portions, one or more substantially curved portions, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Jim Melhart Piano and Organ Company
    Inventor: Jimmie Ray Melhart
  • Patent number: 10071380
    Abstract: A component for a storage container configured to receive vertically oriented articles. The component includes a tubular sidewall extending longitudinally from a base, and at least one spacer portion extending from an underside of the base and configured for engagement with an interior surface of a corresponding storage container. The component also includes at least one pair of retainer elements extending laterally from an inner surface of the tubular sidewall and inwardly into an interior region of the component, and with the retainer elements being oppositely oriented and configured to retain a vertically oriented article therebetween by frictional engagement with opposite longitudinal edges of the article, and wherein an insertion force for resilient deflection of the retainer elements during insertion of the article is less than a removal force for resilient deflection of the retainer elements during removal of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank A. Chan
  • Patent number: 9999322
    Abstract: Modular suspendable organizational apparatus comprising at least one receptacle element are disclosed. In an aspect, organizational apparatus are provided that include at least one modular component that facilitates adjustment of the size of an apparatus's frame and/or adjustment, addition, and/or removal of the at least one receptacle element associated with the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: RBR Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Brenda L Hain
  • Patent number: 9914126
    Abstract: A component for a storage container configured to receive vertically oriented articles. The component includes a tubular sidewall extending longitudinally from a base, and at least one spacer portion extending from an underside of the base and configured for engagement with an interior surface of a corresponding storage container. The component also includes at least one pair of retainer elements extending laterally from an inner surface of the tubular sidewall and inwardly into an interior region of the component, and with the retainer elements being oppositely oriented and configured to retain a vertically oriented article therebetween by frictional engagement with opposite longitudinal edges of the article, and wherein an insertion force for resilient deflection of the retainer elements during insertion of the article is less than a removal force for resilient deflection of the retainer elements during removal of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank A. Chan
  • Patent number: 9863204
    Abstract: A connector assembly for insertion into a hollow portion of a tool, fixture, or housing. The connector assembly may have a connector having two terminated end portions for reducing assembly time and cost with on-site termination. The connector assembly may include a first outer body having a hollow portion for insertion of at least a portion of a first insert-assembly sleeve portion. The connector assembly may have at least one retaining portion extruding radially inward and configured to be positioned into at least one radially inward groove of the first insert-assembly sleeve portion for securing at least a portion of the first terminated end portion in the first outer body. With this assembly, one of the terminated end portions without an outer body may be passed through the hollow portion and then assembled to the corresponding outer body and reinserted into an end of the hollow portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SABRITEC
    Inventors: James Chungyu Chan, Richard Johannes, Christopher Wade Nesselroad
  • Patent number: 9027895
    Abstract: A portable support for supporting equipment above a surface having an opening to a subsurface space. The support includes a head, an elevator on the head, and legs connected to the head for supporting the head above the surface. Each of the legs has a foot for engaging the surface when supporting the head above the surface. The support also includes an elongate rod vertically mounted on the elevator for movement between a raised position, in which an upper end of the rod extends above the head, and a lowered position, in which a lower end of the rod extends below the feet of the legs to extend into the subsurface space. The support includes an instrument platform positionable on the lower end of the rod when in the lowered position to support the equipment in the subsurface space when the rod is in the lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: SECO Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Hunter, James M. Copeland, Christopher James McNeill
  • Patent number: 8991382
    Abstract: A fire pit includes a circular bottom plate and a circular, centrally-apertured log-supporting plate. A plurality of legs secured about the periphery of the log-supporting plate maintain the bottom and log-supporting plates in vertically spaced, parallel relation to one another. Each leg has a hollow uppermost end. A plurality of arcuate grates is mounted about the periphery of the log-supporting plate and a vertically-oriented post is secured to each of the grates, mid-length thereof. Each of the posts has a lowermost end slideably received within the hollow uppermost end of its associated leg to releasably connect each grate to the log-supporting plate. Arcuate openings positioned radially outwardly of the central opening enhance the flow of oxygen into the areas where combustion occurs. The log-supporting plate is inverted and the grates are stacked atop it when the fire pit is in its storage configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Paul A. Mau
  • Publication number: 20140283894
    Abstract: Installation of solar energy systems is made easier through the use of augur tubes. The base augur tube accommodates telescoping sections which enable these systems to exhibit a smaller footprint with enhanced power ratings. A tracking head is provided in which dual axis tracking is provided using a single drive mechanism. These features are employed either together or independently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Charles Silver
  • Patent number: 8797722
    Abstract: Disclosed are a non-flat panel display module and the back frame support structure thereof. The non-flat panel display module comprises a non-flat display panel and an outer frame. The outer frame comprises a back frame. The back frame has a non-flat shape in accordance with a back surface of the non-flat display panel and is fixed to the back surface of the non-flat display panel. At least one support structure is fixed to the outer surface of the back frame. The support structure is fixed to an outer surface of the back frame. Therefore, the support structure can strengthen the outer frame intensity and to ensure the intensity and the curved feature of the non-flat panel display module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chengming He, Guofu Tang
  • Patent number: 8776811
    Abstract: A vehicle anchored accessory holder may include a base plate, a brace connected to and extending upwardly from the base plate and an angled support connected to the at least one brace. The vehicle anchored accessory holder may also include a female fitting connected to and extending upwardly from the base plate. The female fitting may also be connected to the angled support. The female fitting may have an open top to receive at least one of an extension arm stem and an accessory. A first tube and a second tube may be connected to an upper portion of the female fitting to receive a connector adapted to move the female fitting between an opened position and a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Edward Griffith
  • Patent number: 8720706
    Abstract: A display stand has a base, a vertical pole having a lower end fixed to the base. The pole includes two sections having a stem projecting upward from each section. A bearing is coupled each stem of the pole. A pair of racks, each having a central tube with a bearing race fixed within a lower end contacts an outer surface of the bearings for rotation around the tube. Each rack has a generally square perimeter with rounded corners formed of wire, with a plurality of radial support members coupled between the central tube and the rounded corners. Each side of the square perimeter portion includes a pair of hooks adjacent the rounded corners to engage products to be displayed on the stand, the hooks projecting a limited distance outward below the plane of the rack square perimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventors: Edward S. Robbins, III, Susan R. Kavanaugh, Bailey J. Black, Bryan F. Magee, Ronald R. White
  • Patent number: 8505867
    Abstract: A mount for mobile electronic devices such as a satellite dish antenna system. The mount includes a tripod and an elongated post member supported on it by a universal joint or pivot mechanism. The post member extends along a longitudinal axis and the pivot mechanism allows the post member to be moved about two, substantially perpendicular pivotal axes relative to the tripod to align the longitudinal axis of the post member with the vertical. Once the axis of the post member is aligned vertically, the alignment system of the attachable satellite dish will then have a proper reference from which to aim or direct the dish (e.g., azimuth and elevation) for best reception and transmission. The mount includes an arrangement of cables extending between the tripod legs and adjustable straps extending between each tripod leg and the post member to provide a very strong and stable support for the satellite dish antenna system that is attachable to the upper end of the vertically aligned post member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Winegard Company
    Inventor: Timothy John Conrad
  • Patent number: 8490553
    Abstract: A base plate has a center and a periphery. Lower and upper cake support plates have centers and peripheries and central apertures. A center post extends through the center apertures and is coupled to the base plate and the upper cake support plate. A plurality of dowels are coupled to the lower cake support plate and the upper cake support plate and extend downwardly therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventors: Richard P. English, Stephanie R. English
  • Patent number: 8322060
    Abstract: A retractable double-sided banner stand has a base, two upright posts, a crossbar, and a single banner with graphic image(s) disposed on both sides of the banner. The base generally includes a housing, two housing end cap assemblies, a single core, and a retracting mechanism. The banner is wound around the core, and the retracting mechanism unwinds and winds the banner with respect to the core. The leading edge of the banner is attached to the crossbar, which is wider than the width of the banner. The banner stand has an erect upright mode for displaying the images(s), and a collapsed mode for transporting the banner stand. In the erect mode, the upright posts are retained in the base by means of a quick-release locking mechanism, the banner extends upwardly from the base, and the crossbar engages with, and is supported by, the upper portion of each of the upright posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Skyline Displays, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Parizek, Curtis H. Lindblom
  • Patent number: 8272605
    Abstract: The present invention is a stable, customizable umbrella system which includes one or more surface mount components which may be fixedly or selectively attached to an umbrella support pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: Mark Fuchs
  • Patent number: 8262036
    Abstract: An equipment support, such as an IV pole, comprises an upper portion, a lower portion having a lower end configured to engage a socket, and an actuator movable relative to the lower end. When the upper portion is gripped by a releasable gripper, the lower end can be disengaged from the socket by moving the actuator from a first position to a second position. The lower portion can be telescoped relative to the upper portion by moving the actuator from the second position to a third position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Graham, Steven J. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8250833
    Abstract: A wind turbine tower is provided, which comprises a number of segments with a polygonal cross section, each segment comprising a number of flat plates which are connected to each other so as to form the polygonal cross section. Further, a method for constructing a wind turbine tower which comprises segments assembled of flat plates is disclosed, wherein the flat plates are connected to each other so as to form segments with a polygonal cross section and the segments are connected to each other so as to form the tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Jens Thomsen
  • Publication number: 20120199706
    Abstract: A display stand has a base, a vertical pole having a lower end fixed to the base. The pole includes two sections having a stem projecting upward from each section. A bearing is coupled each stem of the pole. A pair of racks, each having a central tube with a bearing race fixed within a lower end contacts an outer surface of the bearings for rotation around the tube. Each rack has a generally square perimeter with rounded corners formed of wire, with a plurality of radial support members coupled between the central tube and the rounded corners. Each side of the square perimeter portion includes a pair of hooks adjacent the rounded corners to engage products to be displayed on the stand, the hooks projecting a limited distance outward below the plane of the rack square perimeter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventors: Edward S. Robbins, III, Susan R. Kavanaugh, Bailey J. Black, Bryan F. Magee, Ronald R. White
  • Patent number: 8162270
    Abstract: A telescopic tube locking structure includes a telescopic tube including at least a upper tubular part and a lower tubular part; an eccentric camshaft having a lower portion fixed in the lower tubular part and a upper portion being inserted into the upper tubular part, and, an opening cam having a larger diameter than the upper portion of the eccentric camshaft is rotationally mounted on the eccentric shaft and is inserted in and engaged with the upper tubular part in a rotationally fixed manner such that the opening cam is axially movable along with the an eccentric camshaft in the upper tubular part and is rotationally fixed with the upper tubular part; wherein a central line of the opening cam is offset from a central line of the upper portion of the eccentric camshaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Foshan Nanhai Chevan Optical Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lihwa Lee
  • Patent number: 8152115
    Abstract: An improved brewing stand enables ease of assembly, repeated assembly and disassembly allowing the brewing stand to be transported from one location to another location. The modular assembly enables a plurality of tiers to be positioned in an infinite number of vertical positions between a bottom of a mast and a top of the mast. A plurality of legs are removably attached to the bottom of the mast. Leveling devices are provided to maintain the mast in a vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: John Richard Blichmann
  • Patent number: 8042785
    Abstract: Display stand for displaying products, which comprises a support structure (2) which extends from a support base (3) with one or more columns (4), each of which is formed by at least two modular profiles (6) which can be assembled together in succession by means of first fixing means (7). Fastening means are envisaged, said means being able to be mechanically associated with the support structure (2) so as to form an overstructure with a configuration which can be modified, where required, in order to support directly or indirectly the products or services to be displayed or publicised. The fixing means (7) comprise at least one male part (13) which is mechanically constrained to a first modular profile (6) and at least one female part which is mechanically constrained to a second modular profile (6), said parts being able to be removably coupled together by means of fast-fit engaging means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Lucenti S.r.l.
    Inventor: Massimo Durello
  • Patent number: 7980520
    Abstract: A garden item hanger assembly. The assembly has an upright with a first and second portion. The first end of the first portion and the second end of the second portion can be connected together by using a medial connection portion which provides a flush surface. The assembly also has a ground engaging stake with a self centering socket and a plurality of set screws to set the upright. The ground engaging stake utilizes a plurality of moment resisting surfaces to maintain an upright position against both a first and second moment about the ground engaging stake applied by the item load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Inventor: Scott Taylor
  • Publication number: 20110140379
    Abstract: A pole member for a stand, such as a medical stand, is defined by a first pole section and a second pole section. The first pole section includes a hollow end having a spline disposed therein for engaging a corresponding spline formed on a mating end of the second pole section. The splines are sized to interconnect wherein each spline includes tapering teeth and slots to create locking engagement therebetween and limit lateral play. A locking element engages the hollow end of the first pole section when inserted a predetermined distance therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan S. Knieriem, Thaddeus J. Wawro
  • Patent number: 7946543
    Abstract: Closet carrousel having a motorized vertical support tube that attaches to the floor and ceiling of a standard closet. horizontal support tube arms radiate from the vertical support tube. Three arms extend out from the out from the upper region of the vertical tube and three arms extend out from the lower region of the support tube. The support tubes are slidably mounted on inner support rods. Each support rod is made of a first rod and a second rod that are hinged together to form one long rod. The support tubes hold standard hangers for hanging garments. The user can slide a horizontal support tube out past the hinged portion of the inner support rod so that the inner rod may be bent by the user thereby exposing and giving access to an inner core of shelving members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Inventors: Donna M. Cotter, Laurie L. Anderson
  • Patent number: 7930859
    Abstract: A cable marker pole system is described for marking the location of buried utility cabling. The cable marker pole system includes a base for embedding in earth or concrete, and a two-part pole assembly that couples with the base. The two-part pole assembly includes a spring coupling the two pole members to allow the pole assembly to flex if struck. A sign is attached to the top of the pole assembly to indicate what is buried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L. P.
    Inventors: Hossein Eslambolchi, John Sinclair Huffman, Gene Geren
  • Patent number: 7874090
    Abstract: At least two upright subassemblies, each with a base, radial positioning members; an outer tubular member, an inner tubular member slidably received in the outer tubular member; a plunger for selective engagement with aperture(s) in the outer tubular member, upper and lower horizontal bars secured to the radial positioning members, and a flexible display secured to each set of upper and lower horizontal bars, the radial positioning members for selective positioning between selected convex, concave, in-line and right angle positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Inventor: Rodger H. Flagg
  • Patent number: 7866494
    Abstract: A portable and multi-purpose T-shaped closet and coat rack includes a foldable flat base made of four equal plates which are joined together by hinges beneath the plates. A removable hollow cylinder which is a stabilizer/coin holder/piggy bank is mounted over the base. The stabilizer has a mass of at least three kilograms when filled with coins, sand, marbles or like materials. A single post directed vertically and divided into three separate sections allowing different height adjustments is mounted on the base. Two of the segments of the post are equipped with a motion control apparatus to neutralize to the arms' motions. A special bi-functional cap completes the erecting of the post and comprises of two opposite threaded extensions which are designed to receive the arms of the unit. Two removable and identical, trombone-shaped arms mounted on either sides of the cap constitute the racks for the hanging of garments. Two security extensions secure the bases of the arms with the post on either side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Jean Emile
  • Patent number: 7850023
    Abstract: A device provides for displaying and dispensing retail articles. The device includes a plurality of product support modules that are detachably coupled to one another. Each support module includes a bottom mating portion and a top mating portion, each of which may be operatively coupled to a top mating portion and a bottom mating portion of another support module, respectively. Each support module also include sidewalls that may be operatively coupled to sidewalls of another support module. All of the product support modules of the present invention have a substantially similar profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Cadbury Adams USA LLC
    Inventor: Edison Rey Silveria
  • Patent number: 7806381
    Abstract: A stabilization and support strut for use in rescue operations in buildings, trenches, vehicle accidents, and the like has secure deployment features including first and second inter-fitting collar assemblies, the first collar assembly including a first collar, circumferentially based spring-biased piston-retaining pins mounted in the collar for fitting into orifices in a piston body, and a locking pin for precluding rotation and axial movement of the first collar on the strut; and the second collar assembly including a second collar rotatingly secured on the barrel with a portion of the second collar underlying the first and having a circumferentially inclined ratchet surface for snugly engaging the piston-retaining pins upon rotation of the second collar, the second collar further including rotatable studs for engaging the barrel and precluding rotation of the second collar about the barrel when snug against the piston-retaining pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Hale Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Tammy Sisk Horne, Kevin Sullivan
  • Patent number: 7694920
    Abstract: An exemplary a display apparatus (2) includes a display panel (21) and a height adjusting device (25). The height adjusting device includes a base (26), a supporting member (27), a locking unit (30), and an elastic member (28). The display panel is fixed to the locking unit. The supporting member is fixed on the base. The supporting member includes two generally vertical friction grooves (2723, 2725). A depth of one of the friction grooves decreases with increasing height above the base, and a depth of the other friction groove increases with increasing height above the base. The locking unit is accommodated in the supporting member. The locking unit includes two sliders (33, 35) corresponding to the two friction grooves of the supporting member respectively. One of the sliders abuts a corresponding one of the friction grooves. The elastic member spans between the locking unit and the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignees: Innocom Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Innolux Display Corp.
    Inventors: Chih-Huang Lien, Shi-Liang Li
  • Patent number: 7676865
    Abstract: A patient care equipment support is transferable between a first device having a first tapered socket and a second device having a second tapered socket. The equipment support includes an equipment supporting portion configured to support patient care equipment and a post coupled to the equipment supporting portion and extending generally downwardly therefrom. The post has first and second tapered portions. The first tapered portion is configured for receipt in the first tapered socket and the second tapered portion being configured for receipt in the second tapered socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Alan Graham, Michael E. Cerimele, David C. Newkirk
  • Patent number: 7644896
    Abstract: An adjustable utility wire-holding apparatus includes a partitioned pole which includes top, middle and bottom segments detachably connected to each other along an end-to-end pattern respectively. The apparatus further includes a base member, and a mechanism for freely rotating at least one of the top, middle and bottom segments. The apparatus further includes a mechanism for freely articulating the base member about the longitudinal axis while the middle and top segments remain statically disposed at a stationary position, and a mechanism for selectively biasing the base member between aligned and unaligned positions such that the base member becomes oriented along a single axis defined along a horizontal plane registered orthogonal to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Inventor: Francis R. Niner
  • Publication number: 20090308992
    Abstract: An improved brewing stand enables ease of assembly, repeated assembly and disassembly allowing the brewing stand to be transported from one location to another location. The modular assembly enables a plurality of tiers to be positioned in an infinite number of vertical positions between a bottom of a mast and a top of the mast. A plurality of legs are removably attached to the bottom of the mast. Leveling devices are provided to maintain the mast in a vertical position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventor: John R. Blichmann
  • Patent number: 7628360
    Abstract: Stand (1) with a foot (2) and a stand tube (3) which is arranged perpendicularly thereto and at the upper end (4) has a manually operable securing device (5) for securing, by means of a connecting pin (7), an appliance (6) which is connected to the stand tube (3) against being unintentionally released. The securing device (5) is designed as an essentially U-shaped wire clip (8,8.1) which is bent in one piece and has two resilient limbs (9,10), a subregion (11,12) of the limbs (9,10) engaging resiliently in each case in a corresponding groove (13,14) of the connecting pin (7). A curved region (15) of the wire clip (8,8.1) is arranged outside the stand tube (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Ondal Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Anthes, Frank Kellner, Werner Sagawe
  • Patent number: 7559518
    Abstract: A support mechanism for a computer peripheral device includes a housing accommodating a base within the housing, and a supporting post having a first end coupled to the base. The base has a pivoting sleeve and couples to the supporting post at a first position, and the pivoting sleeve engages with the supporting post such that the housing is rotatable to force the pivoting sleeve and the supporting post to rotate. The pivoting sleeve can move along an axial line of the housing, and the housing can be pivoted about the top of the pivoting sleeve together with the supporting post. Therefore, the housing can carry out multi-direction-movement, or so-called sphere-like movement relative to a leg coupled to the second end of the supporting post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Kye Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Chao-Qin Ye
  • Publication number: 20090146025
    Abstract: A trophy assembly including a base, lower clip, and column having inwardly extending ribs adapted to engage the lower clip, wherein the base and column are joined when the column is placed over the lower clip and rotated. A method for assembling trophies including selecting a base, column with internal ribs, and a clip, attaching the clip to the base, forming slots in interior ribs of the column, placing the column over the clip and rotating it, whereby the base and column are joined. A trophy assembly further including upper clips adapted to engage inwardly extending column ribs and attached to upper members, wherein the base, column, and upper member are joined when the column is rotated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Applicant: WILLIAM STEVEN SCHWARTZ REVOCABLE TRUST
    Inventor: William Schwartz
  • Patent number: 7506775
    Abstract: A mast support system for use with a container (e.g., a Connex container) to hold a light fixture, security camera and other accessories that may be desirable to mount above or from the roof of the container, generally comprising a support structure for purposes of supporting the accessories, and means to affix the support structure to the container. Embodiments of the mast support system disclosed include one or more posts removably attached to a base, which is engaged with the corner of a container. Attached to the posts are accessory support systems, extending therefrom for positioning and angling the accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Azimuth, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig W. Hartzell, Kevin G. Koch, Aaron M. King
  • Publication number: 20080315048
    Abstract: A display device of the present invention includes a body stand unit; a display displaying unit; and an arm unit, arranged upright from the body stand unit, for supporting the display displaying unit; where the arm unit is arranged on either left or right end side from a center in a horizontal direction of the display displaying unit, and supports the display displaying unit in a cantilever state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventors: Tatsuya SAKATA, Makoto Miyashita, Toyoki Takahashi, Daiki Adachi, Sachiko Koyama
  • Patent number: 7418749
    Abstract: An equipment support includes an equipment supporting portion to support patient care equipment, a downwardly extending coupler coupled to the equipment supporting portion, an upper lock and a lower lock. The coupler has upper and lower portions configured for receipt in upper and lower sockets, respectively. The upper lock moves to a locking position to lock the upper portion to the upper socket as the lower lock moves to an unlocking position to unlock the lower portion from the lower socket. The upper lock moves to an unlocking position to unlock the upper portion from the upper socket as the lower lock moves to a locking position to lock the lower portion to the lower socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Alan Graham, Michael E. Cerimele, Christian H. Reinke, David C. Newkirk
  • Patent number: 7410135
    Abstract: By providing a hand holdable, reusable, holding system which enables users to insert any small diameter, shaft supporting pyrotechnic device, such as a sparkler, into an aperture and be assured that the shaft of the pyrotechnic device is securely locked to the holding system for protecting the individual from harm, an easily constructed, easily used holding system is attained which is capable of enabling any elongated, small diameter wire or shaft to be quickly inserted into the holding system and securely lockingly engaged therewith. In this way, the pyrotechnic material which is adhered to the upper portion of the elongated shaft or wire is easily held by the user in a safe and effective manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Inventors: Mark Dibble, Robert Budnik, Eric Wider
  • Patent number: 7392610
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a portable information sign device. In one embodiment of the invention, a top plate comprises a foundation and three plate coupling ports. A center arm comprises an arm rod axially coupled to the top plate foundation. A sliding plate is slideably coupled to the arm rod and comprises a sliding plate foundation and three sliding plate coupling ports. A spring encircling the arm rod is connected on a first end to the sliding plate foundation and on a second end to a stop coupled to the distal end of the arm rod. Three guide arms are connected to the coupling ports of the sliding plate foundation. Three legs are connected on one end to the coupling ports in the top plate and on the leg end to coupling ports on the guide arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Total Terry, LLC
    Inventors: Maya Paulina Jedlicka, Wing Yue Leung, Johnny Wayne Boudreaux
  • Patent number: 7389963
    Abstract: A display apparatus having: a display main body provided with a screen; a base member supporting the display main body; and a cylinder assembly provided between the display main body and the base member to liftably support the display main body, wherein the cylinder assembly exerts a supporting force at least as great as a weight of the display main body. Thus, the present invention offers the display apparatus with a simple structure capable of fine variation of a height of the display main body. Further, the display main body is lifted easily with a small force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nam-il Cho, Sung-ki Min, Young-tai Kim, Soon-haeng Heo
  • Patent number: 7374138
    Abstract: The ceiling fan display comprises a stand having a vertical support with a horizontal support base extending from the bottom of the vertical support, and a horizontal support arm extending from the top of the vertical support. The ceiling fan is disposed at the distal end of the horizontal support arm. The horizontal support base is comprised of structural members that extend outward from the vertical support to form a “T” shaped outline. Boxes of the displayed ceiling fans may be stacked on the horizontal support base as a part of the sales display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Inventor: John C. Marshall
  • Patent number: 7284738
    Abstract: An adjustable lumber stand system may include a pair of adjustable leg assemblies. Each leg assembly may comprise a first external tubular section into which a second internal section may longitudinally slidably adjust. A pair of base anchors configured to anchor the pair of adjustable leg assemblies may be coupled to lower ends of the first external tubular sections. A pair of adjustable support bracket assemblies may comprise a brace and a support arm configured to support lumber. The first end portions of the support arms and the braces may be coupled to one another and second end portions of the support arms and the braces may be coupled to different locations on the first external tubular sections. A pair of top anchors configured to anchor the pair of adjustable leg assemblies to a structure may be coupled to upper ends of the second internal section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Inventor: Richard E. Staneart