Folding Patents (Class 248/166)
  • Patent number: 10866095
    Abstract: A survey rod boot utilized with a survey rod, wherein the survey rod includes a rod support body defining a receiving aperture disposed on an upper surface of the rod support body, defining, with an enclosed inner sidewall of the rod support body, a receiving channel spanning from the receiving aperture into the rod support body, wherein the survey rod is disposed therein and frictionally retained by, and selectively, removably, and directly coupled to, the enclosed inner sidewall of the rod support body. The boot also has at least one cantilever member projecting in a direction outwardly from a sidewall of the rod support body and has a lower surface opposing an upper surface of the at least one cantilever member and defining a body resting plane so a user can obtain a measurement from the survey rod boot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: K & D MANUFACTURING, LLC
    Inventors: David Varn Kelley, Keith Alan Martinez
  • Patent number: 10436206
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method, a system, and a device to provide a wearable desk fan having a base to facilitate selective positioning of a fan housing to provide varied air flow paths to a user. In one aspect, the wearable desk fan includes a rotatable fan cage having a plurality of rotating blades to create a current of air, a mounting bracket to affix the rotatable fan cage at an end of plurality of wishbone arms, and a base handle coupled with the mounting bracket to allow folding of the base handle forming its base. A hinge joint and a beveled plate at the end of plurality of wishbone arms enable revolving and tilting of the rotatable fan cage. The mounting bracket may have a loop to attach a lanyard to enable hanging of the fan around a neck of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: SHAWSHANK LEDZ INC.
    Inventors: Brian Freeland, Robert Vasquez
  • Patent number: 10267602
    Abstract: A target may allow target practice and/or simulate the shape of one or more animals. In various implementations, a target may include a target body and/or stand. The target body may be capable of receiving shots from arrows and/or ammunition. A target body may include a first aiming zone and a second aiming zone on an opposing surface. In some implementations, the first aiming zone and/or the second aiming zone may be off center. The orientation of the target body may be altered to select an aiming zone of the target body based upon user preference, in some implementations. The overlay may have shape similar to a predetermined animal. The overlay may be replaceable. The stand may support the target body. In various implementations, an overlay may be coupled to the target body and/or stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SOLO OUTDOORS SA DE CV
    Inventors: Roberto Carrillo Fuentevilla, Jesus Cantu Rueda, Jose Lombard Araujo, Luis Alfredo Montemayor Uzeta, Jorge Luis Montemayor Garza
  • Patent number: 10161584
    Abstract: Electronic lighting systems comprising various internal housing assemblies that provide an air channel for air and scented air are contemplated. In some embodiments, an electronic lighting system comprises a housing disposed within the outer cover that supports a flame element. The flame element is allowed to move on the housing to create a realistic candle light effect. Additionally, a scent cartridge can be inserted into the electronic lighting device to create scented air that moves through an air channel in the electronic lighting device. The scented air is distributed by the electronic lighting device to create an enhanced user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Luminara Worldwide, LLC
    Inventor: Douglas Patton
  • Patent number: 10124479
    Abstract: A sawhorse includes a first side body and a second side body. Each of the first side body and the second side body has a first cross member, a second cross member, a first leg portion with a foot, and a second leg portion with a foot. The first cross member of the first side body is rotatably coupled to the first cross member of the second side body. The first side body and the second side body are positionable between a closed position and an opened position. The sawhorse further includes a centrally hinged, folding platform that is rotatably coupled to the second cross member of each of the first side body and the second side body. Where in the open position, the folding platform is fully deployed to create a substantially planar surface spanning the second cross members of the first side body and the second side body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Creative Plastic Concepts, LLC
    Inventor: Nickolas Reinhart
  • Patent number: 10100976
    Abstract: A mounting system for interchangeably mounting a tablet computer to a rail and a wall may include a tablet bracket attached to a tablet computer; a rail bracket designed to attach to the rail, the tablet bracket removably engaged with the rail bracket when a user desires mounting the tablet computer to the rail; a wall bracket designed to attach to a flat surface, the tablet bracket removably engaged with the wall bracket when the user desires mounting the tablet computer to the flat surface; and a cord guide bracket attached to the tablet computer, the cord guide bracket including a charging cable channel, wherein the cord guide bracket prevents a charging cable from being unintentionally detached from the tablet computer during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Peter Bakes, Dylan Luyten, Chris Holmes
  • Patent number: 10101110
    Abstract: A pistol grip bipod for a gun may include a bipod assembly that can be attached to a pistol grip of a gun. The bipod assembly may include a housing, a chassis, a port side leg including a port side foot, a starboard side leg including a starboard foot. The bipod assembly further may include first and second operable states such that in the first operational state, the port side foot and the starboard side foot are secured in the housing below the pistol grip, and such that in the second operable configuration the port side foot and the starboard side foot are unlatched from the housing and the port side foot and the starboard side foot are positioned in front of the housing. The pistol grip bipod may be deployed by an operator's dominant hand which remains secured to the pistol grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Sagi Faifer, Tamir Porat
  • Patent number: 9872552
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for a standing mirror having a round, flat mirror disposed in substantially the horizontal plane so that it faces upwardly allowing an operator to see hard to reach and see areas of the body. The mirror is disposed in a frame having a conventional razor disposed in a receptacle thereon along with lights disposed in the rim that make the mirror visible for use in darkened areas. Suction tubes disposed on the mirror remove cut hair into a pouch which hangs onto the side of the mirror. A plurality of supporting folding legs having telescoping sections and pivoting sections support the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventor: JoyAnn S Roett-O'Connor
  • Patent number: 9796203
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to various embodiments of a greeting card having at least one motor attached to a mechanism which causes movement to a mobile object and one or more attachments suspended from the mobile object. The mobile object may be a circular disc, a string or a swing structure. Each mobile object contains one or more attachments either attached directly thereto or suspended therefrom via a string or line. The motor may effect various movements in the mobile object such as circular motion, back-and-forth motion or bouncing or vibrating motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventors: Lynne Shlonsky, Dave Sapp
  • Patent number: 9738109
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to various embodiments of a greeting card having at least one motor attached to a mechanism which causes movement to a mobile object and one or more attachments suspended from the mobile object. The mobile object may be a circular disc, a string or a swing structure. Each mobile object contains one or more attachments either attached directly thereto or suspended therefrom via a string or line. The motor may effect various movements in the mobile object such as circular motion, back-and-forth motion or bouncing or vibrating motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventors: Allison Marsh, Nicole Forrester
  • Patent number: 9674411
    Abstract: A wireless camera system and related methods are disclosed in which the camera system has a camera body and a mounting base. The camera body has electronics to create a wireless connection hotspot that can be connected to wireless connection enabled device. The mounting base can be positioned on any surface and can include one or more magnetic inserts to mount the camera system on a magnetic surface, such as to a car chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: LUND MOTION PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Scott Cover
  • Patent number: 9618291
    Abstract: A gun rest system includes a weighted substance and a rifle. A mount is provided and the rifle is positioned on the mount thereby facilitating the mount to restrain the rifle. The mount is substantially hollow such that a selected amount of the weighted substance is positionable within the mount. Thus, the mount absorbs recoil from the rifle when the rifle is fired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Bryan Henderson
  • Patent number: 9554659
    Abstract: An infant sleep pod providing passive and/or active safety features. The infant sleep pod provides a safe sleeping environment for infants sharing sleep areas with adults. The infant sleep pod provides a firm, flat, separate, portable, and dedicated sleep space for an infant. The infant sleep pod includes a base with a bed and sidewall, and a bridge extending across the bed. The bridge covers a head portion of the bed, while a foot portion of the bed is left open for inserting and removing the infant. The bridge prevents pillows and blankets from covering the bed and infant. The infant sleep pod also includes electronics for monitoring the sleep pod. The electronics include a sensor unit in the bridge and a control unit in communication with the sensor unit. The control unit and sensor unit are operable to detect unsafe conditions and, in response, generate alerts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: UWM Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer J. Doering, Greg Krzecki
  • Patent number: 9481404
    Abstract: A cargo bed cover apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The apparatus includes a laterally opposed pair of first support post assemblies removably attachable to a cargo bed of the vehicle and a laterally opposed pair of second support post assemblies removably attachable to the cargo bed of the vehicle, the pair of second support assemblies being longitudinally opposed to the pair of first support post assemblies. The apparatus further includes a pair of side panels extending between and connected to longitudinally opposed pairs of the first support post assemblies and the second support post assemblies and a pair of end panels extending between and connected to the laterally opposed pairs of the first support post assemblies and the second support post assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Warren N. Rich
  • Patent number: 9482383
    Abstract: A support stand includes a housing, a first limiting member, a linkage bar, a first elastic positioning device, and a first supporting arm. The housing defines a receiving groove and a first hollow portion. The receiving groove is configured to receive an electronic device. The first limiting member is fixed in the first hollow portion. The first limiting member defines a first limiting groove. The linkage bar and the first elastic positioning device are movably received in the first hollow portion. The first elastic positioning device is configured to partially limit the first limiting groove, thus the linkage bar is fixed to the housing. The first supporting arm is slidably and rotatably connected to the linkage bar. The first supporting arm is configured to form a desired angle with the housing, whereby the first supporting arm cooperates with the housing to support the housing and the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sheng Wei
  • Patent number: 9463967
    Abstract: An improved small vehicle lift having an automatically engaging ratchet mechanism that functions to fix the lift at one of a plurality of lift height positions. A pair of generally identical toothed ratchet plates are affixed to lower link members which form the parallelogram linkage, and which that are pivotally connected to the center support post. The support comprises a generally hollow ember having opposing sides each defining longitudinally disposed slotted apertures. A catch is retained by a carrier riding within the support and is received within said slotted apertures and projects laterally from the center support post. The catch is spring biased to an upper position such that the catch will automatically engage the toothed ratchet plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: Larry Meyer
  • Patent number: 9362969
    Abstract: A stand for an electronic device having a camera at one end, where the stand includes: an elongate base having a target end, a device end, a first side, and a second side; a tray disposed on a top surface of the target end adjacent to the first side of the base; a foot extending from the device end; and a device support extending upward from the base between the device end and the target end of the base. The device support has a height and a distance from the foot such that a camera of an electronic device can capture an image of an object or document located in the tray when the device is resting on the foot and the device support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: C1 Bank
    Inventors: Trevor Burgess, Marcio deOliveira
  • Patent number: 9282843
    Abstract: The portable expanding barrier, or “sutra,” for Muslim worshippers provides protection for the area immediately in front of a worshipper of the Muslim faith during prayer. The barrier comprises several embodiments, including multiple short telescoping segments, coil springs encased in a flexible sleeve, multiple segments keyed together for locking into extended position by partial rotation, hollow tubular segments connected by an elastic cord extending through the segments, and multiple rigid segments pivotally secured to one another at alternate ends of each segment. The device may be integrated with a prayer rug, and mechanisms may be provided for automatic barrier deployment. A compass may be included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventor: Bader Shafaqa Al-Anzi
  • Patent number: 9217911
    Abstract: A camera assembly having a camera support system that may include a first support member, a second support member, a first biased hinge, and a strap. The first support member may have a first end and a second end. The second support member may have a first end and second end. The first biased hinge may include the first end of the first support member, the first end of the second support member, a first pivoting rod, and the strap wrapped around the first pivoting rod. The camera support system may further include a second biased hinge. The second biased hinge may include the second end of the first support member, a second pivoting rod, a portion of a camera body, and the strap wrapped around the second pivoting rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: SORENSON COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Eric Von Winsor, Doug Reynolds, Mark David Nelson
  • Patent number: 9151562
    Abstract: Designs and methods are provided for an adjustable rifle stand. In one embodiment the rifle stand includes a three legged support with a moveable head for holding the rifle at a first support location on the rifle forward of the trigger such that the rifle can pivot about the first support location. The rifle stand also includes a rear brace with two extendable legs and a head that holds the rifle at a second support location on the rifle behind the trigger, wherein the lower ends of the legs of the rear brace are pivotally connected to two of the legs of the three legged support. The legs of the rear brace may be extended or contracted by unlocking a leg extension lock in each leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventor: Carl Pugliese
  • Patent number: 9068687
    Abstract: The supporting apparatus includes a base, a device supporting portion, a device connecting portion, and a linking rod. The base includes a front end and a rear end; the device supporting portion includes a supporting element and a first rotating shaft, wherein the first rotating shaft is pivotally connected to the front end of the base and connected with the supporting element for allowing the supporting element to rotate along the first rotating shaft such that the supporting apparatus has a closed state and a first open state. When the supporting apparatus rotates to the first open state, the connecting element and the linking rod form a first connecting element opening angle ?21 for allowing the connecting element to connect with the first lateral surface of an electronic device and the supporting element to contact a bottom surface of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: WISTRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Guang Hu, Yi-Fang Yang, Wei Gao
  • 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: 9010701
    Abstract: A stand for supporting an object comprises: a first main support leg; a second main support leg; a first vertical support member pivotally connected to the first main support leg; and a second vertical support member pivotally connected to the second main support leg, such that first and second vertical support members can be rotated relative to the first and second main support legs to configure the stand in a storage position or a deployed position. The stand further comprises a hinge that operably joins the first vertical support member to the second vertical support member. The stand further comprises a first rear leg configured for sliding movement relative to the first main support leg between a retracted position and an extended position; and a second rear leg configured for sliding movement relative to the second main support leg between a refracted position and an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Coopercopia, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Lee Cooper
  • Patent number: 9010700
    Abstract: A foldable multi-instrument stand includes: a first main support leg; a second main support leg; a first pair of vertical support members configured for pivotal movement into an upright orientation relative to the first and second main support legs when the stand is in a deployed position; and a second pair of vertical support members configured for pivotal movement into an upright orientation relative to the first and second main support legs when the stand is in the deployed position. The first main support leg and the second main support leg each define one more support ledges for accommodating and providing support to multiple instruments when the stand is in the deployed position. The areas above such support ledges further define cavities for receiving the pairs of vertical support members when the stand is in a storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Coopercopia, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Lee Cooper
  • Patent number: 8997662
    Abstract: A support mechanism for supporting an object, such as a table, has at least four legs and an interconnection means connecting the legs. Each leg has a beam portion with an inner end and an outer end. The beam portion of each leg is connected to the interconnection means by a respective pivot having a pivot axis located between the inner and outer ends of the beam portion. Each respective pair of adjacent legs has a protrusion fixed to one of the legs of that pair of adjacent legs and extending from that one leg to act on the other leg of that pair of adjacent legs. In use, the outer end of the beam portion of one leg moves in an upwards direction and the outer end of the beam portions of the adjacent legs moves in a downwards direction to accommodate uneven ground surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: No Rock Café Tables Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher Brian Heyring, Jonathan Ramsey Beames, John Gerard Catoni, Toby William Heyring, Richard Monk
  • Patent number: 8967585
    Abstract: A guitar stand has a base section, a pair of first frames arranged at an opened position or a closed position, a pair of second frames and a pair of third frames arranged at the use position or the folded position. A slider for holding the first frames at the closed position and the second frames at the folded position is mounted to upper ends of the first frames. The first frames, second frames and the third frames are opened at the same time by unlocking the slider, and the guitar stand in a folded state can be brought into a use state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hoshino Gakki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hajime Furuta, Yuko Naganawa
  • Patent number: 8915476
    Abstract: A leg device that is capable of simultaneously releasing three extendible/contractible legs from a locked state with a single action is provided. A tripod, which is a leg device, has a base. A tripod head is attached to a tripod head attaching portion of the base. A middle extendible/contractible leg, a one-side extendible/contractible leg, and an opposite-side extendible/contractible kg are pivotally attached to a leg attaching portion of the base. Gripping all the three extendible/contractible legs, i.e. the middle extendible/contractible leg, the one-side extendible/contractible leg, and the opposite-side extendible/contractible kg, together causes the middle extendible/contractible leg, the one-side extendible/contractible leg, and the opposite-side extendible/contractible leg to simultaneously shift from a locked state to an unlocked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Velbon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koichiro Nakatani
  • Patent number: 8899543
    Abstract: A support structure includes a base, a pair of stands, a top hinge, and a pair of holding arms. The stands are rotatably connected to one end of the base to support the base. The top hinge is rotatably connected to the other end of the base opposite to the stands. The rotation plane of the top hinge is perpendicular to the rotation plane of the stands. The holding arms are rotatably connected to the top hinge for holding an object at any desired angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong Liang, Lin-Lin Pan, Chia-Te Yu, Liang-Yi Lu
  • Patent number: 8902587
    Abstract: A support apparatus supports an electronic device on a supporting surface. The support apparatus includes a first support leg and a second support leg. One end of the first support leg is rotatably connected to the electronic device, and the first support leg defines a receiving space therein. One end of the second support leg is rotatably connected to an opposite end of the first support leg. When in a closed state, the support apparatus is completely stowed in the electronic device. When the support apparatus is in a first inclined state, the second support leg is received in the receiving space but the support apparatus is oriented in a position obliquely unfolded from the electronic device. When in a second inclined state, the support apparatus is oriented in the position obliquely unfolded from the electronic device, but the second support leg is unfolded from the receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wen-Hua Yu
  • Patent number: 8899536
    Abstract: A folding joint mechanism for stackably collapsing elongated structural sections includes a plurality of substantially identical brackets pivotably interconnected and rotatable between an extended and a stowed configuration. In the extended configuration, the brackets abut each other against stop protrusions on the top outside surface of each bracket forming foldable extensions that are able to support significant weight by distributing the top. side force. In the stowed configuration, the brackets are compacted to a substantially stacked disposition whereby the brackets are aligned and directly adjacent to one another. The joint and bracket assemblies may be employed in elongated sections of various structures in which compactability may be advantageous for shipping, storage, and user transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Benjamin Ashpole
  • Patent number: 8882064
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a collapsible stand assembly. The stand includes four sets of strut members wherein each set of struts are rotationally connected at a midpoint and the lower ends of the strut members are rotationally connected to feet and the upper ends of the strut members are rotationally connected to brackets. A cross support member is rotationally connected at a first end of each bracket such that the second end of the cross support member can be secured to the other bracket on the same side of the stand at different locations to provide different widths and heights of the stand. Two sets of struts on opposite sides of the stand extend above the cross support members to create a stop to prevent structures supported by the stand, such as a cooler, from sliding off the stand when erected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventors: James C. Gregg, Jr., Larry L. Lyerly, Joseph C. Lyerly
  • Publication number: 20140238747
    Abstract: An auger stand is provided for a utility truck with a boom, motor and auger to install telephone poles. The stand securely holds the nine foot, 350 pound auger in an upright position to facilitate its detachment from and reattachment to a drive shaft of the motor. Without laying the auger down, the truck boom and motor are then used to install pole anchors or perform other tasks. The auger stand has a base with several radially extending legs that form a stabile platform that rests on the ground. A collar is secured near the top of the auger shaft. Several ratchet straps join the outer ends of the legs to the auger collar to form a stable pyramid structure that holds the auger upright. The legs folds up to facilitate transport and storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Paul J. Fabian
  • Patent number: 8794580
    Abstract: A bracket is provided for mounting conduit clamps or pipe clamps to the face of the bracket. The height of the bracket can be adjusted by removing pins that are attached to mounting bracket feet and mounting bracket arms. Multiple holes may be formed in the mounting bracket arm and mounting bracket feet to allow for various alignments of the bracket arms, which will vary the height of the bracket. The height is adjusted through a pair of four-bar linkages that enable a linear motion of the bracket face. The bracket may have a footprint that is smaller than conventional adjustable mounting brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Michael O. Koehler
  • Patent number: 8783641
    Abstract: A foldable supporting bracket for a portable electronic apparatus includes a supporting arm, a holding element, and two load-bearing bars. The supporting arm has a first pivot shaft at one terminal thereof and the holding element has a second pivot shaft at one terminal thereof. The two load-bearing bars are separated to each other and pivotally arranged between the first pivot shaft and the second pivot shaft to form a hollow containing region. The supporting arm and the holding element are pivotally connected to the two load-bearing bars via the first pivot shaft and the second pivot shat, respectively, so that the supporting arm and the holding element are flipped toward the hollow containing region. Accordingly, the supporting arm and the holding element are folded in the hollow containing region and then levelly arranged to the two load-bearing bars, thus reducing occupied space and increasing carry convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Cooler Master Development Corporation
    Inventors: Ben-Tien Lin, Ching-Feng Shih, Chun-Che Chang, Wen-Ping Tu
  • Patent number: 8746637
    Abstract: A foldable frame includes two tubes, a rectangular tube and two base parts. The two tubes are pivotably or fixedly connected to the base parts. Two ends of the rectangular tube are connected to two respective extension portions of the two base parts by two pins, so that the two tubes are pivotable about the two pins. The frame can also be structured as one tube directly connected to the rectangular tube, and the other tube is pivotably connected to the base part. The extension of the base part is pivotably connected of the rectangular tube by a pin to form a single-point folding feature. An outer tube is rotatably movable between one of the tubes and the rectangular tube, and the outer tube hides the rectangular tube when the two tubes are arranged linearly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Chun-Sheng Liu
  • Patent number: 8733227
    Abstract: A stand mountable weapon support assembly includes a base and a bracket attached to the base. The bracket couples the base to a tree stand. A post has a first end and a second end. The first end is pivotally coupled to the base and the post is positionable between a deployed position extending upwardly from the base or in a stored position lying on the base. A gun holder is attached to the post adjacent to the second end. A gun is supportable by the base and the post in an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventors: Travis Ridgeway, Danny Ridgeway
  • Patent number: 8727146
    Abstract: An adjust and lock mechanism includes a drive gear (16) rotatably mounted on a frame and adapted to engage a drive track (15) on a member (13) to allow adjustment between the frame (1) and the member by rotation of the drive gear, the drive gear being mounted on a drive spindle (17) that can move axially relative to the drive gear and which is normally spring loaded (34) into locking engagement with the frame and can be moved axially to disengage the locking engagement and allow the spindle to be rotated to operate the drive gear. A locking engagement is provided by a dog gear at one end of the spindle. A lock release button (32) and hand wheel (18) to rotate the drive gear are located adjacent one another for joint operation. A gear train connects the hand wheel to the drive gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Reid Lifting Limited
    Inventor: Paul Radmall
  • Patent number: 8726814
    Abstract: A convertible work station is operable to convert between an operating configuration and a storage configuration. The work station comprises: right and left base shoulder elements; right and left horizontal base members for supporting the work station on a surface, pivotally connected to the shoulder elements and constrained to pivot along a horizontal plane and lockable in position relative to the shoulder elements; right and left first support members spaced apart from each other and having first and second ends and the support members being pivotally connected to the respective right and left shoulder elements at their first ends and constrained to pivot in one direction. The support members are lockable in position relative to the shoulder elements. A work station component is pivotally connected to the second ends of the right and left support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Salvatore Matteo
  • Patent number: 8714497
    Abstract: A tool stand mountable to a tool having a relatively long handle. The handle has a tool head mounted to the second end of the handle. The tool stand has a pivot member, an axle, a rotational stop arm and a leg assembly. The pivot member is coupled to a handle between the first and second end thereof. The axle is rotatably coupled to the pivot member, with the axle rotation in an orientation that is oblique or substantially perpendicular to a handle. The rotational stop arm is fixed to the axle. The leg assembly extends toward a second end of a handle, with the rotational stop arm and the leg assembly being angled at an angle that is less than 180°. The leg assembly, the rotational stop arm and the axle are rotatable about the pivot member between a stowed orientation and an operational orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Steven J. Bricker
  • Publication number: 20140097309
    Abstract: To provide a leg device in a musical instrument stand that is further adjustable on setting of the musical instrument to avoid stand legs from being an impediment to the setting and avoid a stand main body from being unstable even if two stand legs are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: SAKAE RHYTHM MUSICAL INSTRUMENT LTD.
    Inventors: Eizo NAKATA, Shunsaku TSUJI, Takashi WARIISHI, Manabu MORIOKA
  • Publication number: 20140060393
    Abstract: A foldable support apparatus is provided, including a join unit and a support frame. The support frame is coupled to the joint unit. The support frame includes two multi joint sets, with one multi-joint set further including a first arm, a first leg and a first foot, and the other multi joint set including a second arm, a second leg and a second foot. When folded, all components will be aligned close together to save space. When expanded, the first leg, the first arm, the second arm and the second leg form a ?-shape. The first foot coupled to the first leg and the second foot coupled to the second leg are responsible for supporting and maintaining the standing angle of the aforementioned ?-shape. As such, the user can use the present invention in bed, on floor or outdoor lawn to support and fasten portable electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Eagle FAN
  • Patent number: 8651439
    Abstract: A support structure having a body, an arm or plurality of arms connected to the body, a quick release device constructed and arranged to move the support structure from a support mode capable of supporting a cover, to a collapsed mode not capable of supporting a structure. A kit for creating a shelter having a support structure, a cover, and a kit housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Zachary Costarella
  • Publication number: 20140034792
    Abstract: A folding joint mechanism for stackably collapsing elongated structural sections includes a plurality of substantially identical brackets pivotably interconnected and rotatable between an extended and a stowed configuration. In the extended configuration, the brackets abut each other against stop protrusions on the top outside surface of each bracket forming foldable extensions that are able to support significant weight by distributing the top. side force. In the stowed configuration, the brackets are compacted to a substantially stacked disposition whereby the brackets are aligned and directly adjacent to one another. The joint and bracket assemblies may be employed in elongated sections of various structures in which compactability may be advantageous for shipping, storage, and user transportation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: Benjamin ASHPOLE
  • Patent number: 8637752
    Abstract: A strap mounted instrument stand includes a pair of hingedly connected plates. The stand is movable between a closed position, in which the plates lie against one another in a generally flat configuration, and an open position, in which the plates are disposed at an angle with respect to one another. A bracket extends in a generally normal direction from one of the plates to support a musical instrument when the stand is in the open position. A securement member secures the plates together in the closed position. Releasing the securement member allows the stand to move to the open position. The stand holds a musical instrument, such as a guitar, in an upright position when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Innocenti
  • Patent number: 8590527
    Abstract: A solar collector system includes a plurality of frames. Each frame includes at least a pair of spaced apart side members, a plurality of cross members connected to the side members, the cross members pivotally moveable from a shipping configuration to a deployed configuration wherein in the deployed configuration, each cross member is positioned relative to an adjacent cross member with a predetermined angle, and a plurality of stantions extending from the frames. The solar collector system further includes a plurality of heliostats, each heliostat mounted to one of the stantions, and a plurality of ballasts coupled to the frames, each ballast having a lower surface contacting the ground without substantially penetrating the ground to maintain a position of the frames on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventors: Gregg Luconi, Chris Gregory, Brian Coleman, Alan Greaney, Jason Blair, Peter Raymond Zarzaca
  • Patent number: 8573393
    Abstract: The examples provided describe a golf bag with a legged stand, and a golf bag collar assembly, each having a spring loaded leg cap hinge constructed to provide improved strength, reduced weight, strong holding force when the legs are closed, and a reduced retraction force when the legs are opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Eric V. Cole, Douglas W. Anderson, Maximiliano A. Lopez, Greg J. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8567730
    Abstract: A collapsible intravenous fluid pole system that can be easily stored or transported featuring a shaft with hangers disposed at the top end, the hangers being for attaching intravenous fluid bags, and legs pivotally attached at the bottom of the shaft. Wheels are disposed on the legs. The hangers can extend from the shaft or collapse to a storage position. The legs can extend or fold upwardly toward the shaft. The legs are attached via extension joints. A locking collar is disposed on the shaft. The locking collar can slide up and down along the shaft and can be inserted into a slot in the tongues of the legs to prevent the legs from folding upwardly to the folded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Cherie Stevenson
  • Patent number: 8544808
    Abstract: The ventilation support for laptop computers provides support for a laptop computer on an uneven or soft surface to allow improved air circulation for the cooling of the laptop computer. The ventilation support for laptop computers includes a flat, planar panel generally matching the bottom surface dimensions of the laptop computer. A front edge of the panel is hinged to the front edge of the bottom surface of the laptop computer. One or more collapsible support members join a rear portion of the panel to a rear portion of the bottom surface of the laptop computer. The collapsible support members will support the laptop computer above the panel in the open position during use, but readily collapse to allow the panel to be placed into the closed position for storage. The collapsible support member(s) may be rigid and unitary, or articulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: David J. Saad
  • Patent number: 8534619
    Abstract: A support stand includes a first support assembly, a second support assembly, a first connecting assembly connecting one end of the first support assembly and the second support assembly. A second connecting assembly connects the other ends of the first support assembly and the second support assembly. The first support assembly includes two first support mechanisms, each first support mechanism includes a main body, and a first support rod hinged on the main body in a first direction. When the first support rods rotate around the first direction to a back side of the support stand, the first connecting assembly and the second connecting assembly are tilted by the first support rods and the second support assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cong Huang, Wen-Rong Chen, Hui Li, Bin Du
  • Patent number: 8534634
    Abstract: A support mechanism for supporting an electronic device is disclosed. The support mechanism comprises two support assemblies detachably assembled together, each support assembly comprising an adjustable member defining a latching groove; and a support member rotatably connected to the adjusting member, the support member of one of the two support assemblies being capable of being partially received in the latching groove of the adjustable member of another one of the two support assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wu-Zhu Hu, Ben-Xiang Zhao, Wu-Qi Li, Tang Li