Telescoping Patents (Class 248/188.5)
  • Patent number: 10470561
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a leg height adjustment mechanism that includes a first and second latch arms, a first and second retractors, and an activator. The latch arms each include an engagement structure. The retractors each include a sloped surface and a receiving structure. The receiving structure is engaged with one of the engagement structures of the first or the second latch arms. The first latch arm extends in a first lateral direction and the second latch arm extends a second lateral direction. The second retractor is separated from the first retractor in a second lateral direction that is opposite the first lateral direction. The activator includes angled lower surfaces that are positioned outwardly relative to the sloped surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Lifetime Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Clegg, Baik Kwang Ho, Leo Cai, William Du
  • Patent number: 10457311
    Abstract: A frame structure of a perambulator, a child seat, an infant carrier or the like, includes a profiled frame element which along a profile direction of the frame element has a substantially constant cross-section, wherein the profiled frame element includes an at least predominantly closed cross-section, and wherein the profiled fame element has an inwardly projecting first protrusion which is configured to be brought into engagement with a fastening arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Brendon Vermillion, Joakim Edvardsson, Martin Jonasson, Christian Persson
  • Patent number: 10426287
    Abstract: A curtain rod structure has an inner tube, an outer tube and a blocking unit disposed between the inner and outer tubes. The blocking unit is configured for securing and releasing the length adjustment for the inner tube and the outer tube. By rotating one of the inner tube or the outer tube, the packing cover of the blocking unit is released from the outer tube for adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Meng-Chieh Tsai
  • Patent number: 10413077
    Abstract: An adjustable leg assembly for use in a bedding product, such as an adjustable bed, may be stabilized by rotating the leg of the leg assembly. To change the length of the leg assembly, a leg must be rotated in the opposite direction to loosen a slotted collar located inside a receiver welded to a frame of the adjustable bed. A wedge is fixed inside the receiver with a push pin assembly above the slotted collar. A threaded member of the leg extends through the wedge. Rotation of the leg moves the leg slightly upwardly relative to the stationary wedge, causing an upper portion of the slotted collar to expand over a portion of the stationary wedge until the slotted collar contacts an inside surface of the receiver and stabilizes the leg assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Isaac T. Freelend
  • Patent number: 10358805
    Abstract: A wall-mounted type toilet fixing device includes a flush water tank device that is hidden in an area behind a wall, and a fixing unit, the fixing unit includes support portions, a toilet fixing portion, a pair of left and right legs, and a drain pipe connection, and the pair of legs are disposed outside from the drain pipe connection and inside from a side wall of a toilet body in elevation view, and are disposed laterally asymmetrically to each other with respect to a central axis passing through a center of the drain pipe connection and dividing the fixing unit equally in a left-right direction, in a state where the toilet body is fixed to the toilet fixing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: TOTO LTD.
    Inventors: Hideki Tanimoto, Tomoyoshi Taketani, Takashi Matsusaki, Makoto Abe
  • Patent number: 10352344
    Abstract: A telescopic assembly, particularly suited to a tripod or monopod, having a plurality of telescopically arranged tube assemblies. Each tube assembly has a support tube, a locking assembly, and an actuating tube operatively engaged with, and slidably movable within, the locking assembly. The support tube telescopically receives a further locking assembly and an end of a corresponding further support tube of another of the plurality of support tubes and the actuating tube telescopically receives an end of a corresponding further actuating tube of another of the plurality of actuating tubes. Advantageously, all segments of the telescopic assembly can be unlocked, extended or retracted, and locked with a single actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Joshua Muirhead
  • Patent number: 10278513
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to a convertible children's high chair. According to various embodiments, the convertible high chair generally comprises a first child seat supported above a floor by a high chair frame, and a second child seat configured for being removably coupled to first child seat. The second child seat is configured such that, when detached from the high chair's first child seat, it can be used apart from the high chair as a booster seat (e.g., secured to the seating surface of a standard chair or another support surface). In certain embodiments, the second child seat includes a base surface configured to stably support the second child seat on a separate support surface (e.g., without the need to be attached to or mounted on a separate base or support member).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: KIDS II, INC.
    Inventors: Jessica Kostyniak, Jacob Sclare, Daniel Corso
  • Patent number: 10145402
    Abstract: A telescoping device including an upper tubular body, a lower tubular body, and a fixing unit that releasably fixes the lower tubular body with respect to the upper tubular body. The fixing unit includes an operation body and a fixation body. The fixation body consists of an outer member, an upper inner member, and a lower inner member. On the outer member, inner peripheral upward inclined surfaces and inner peripheral downward inclined surfaces are formed. On the upper inner member, outer peripheral downward inclined surfaces are formed, and on the lower inner member, outer peripheral upward inclined surfaces are formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Koichiro Nakatani
  • Patent number: 10103426
    Abstract: This invention discloses a mobile tower system in which a telescoping tower may be with a plurality of tower structures may be extended to a height much greater than its contracted length. The tower may be transported horizontal, rotated to a vertical position and then the individual tower structures extended and secured via spring pins relative to the adjacent tower structure, the erection of the tower sections may be with external equipment such as a boom truck, or utilizing an internal hydraulic cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Jerry Newman
  • Patent number: 10086902
    Abstract: A bicycle component fastening device includes a bicycle component body having a beam, a first adjusting element, a second adjusting element and a fastening element. The first adjusting element has a first assembly end and is fixedly coupled with the beam. The second adjusting element is coupled with the beam and has a second assembly end and an operating element. The operating element drives the second adjusting element to move towards or away from the first adjusting element. The fastening element has a first assembly portion engaging the first assembly end and a second assembly portion engaging the second assembly end. When the operating element drives the second adjusting element to move close to the first adjusting element, part of the second assembly end slips out of the second assembly portion such that the fastening element moves away from the beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: TH Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Douglas Chiang
  • Patent number: 10081406
    Abstract: Tool-free bicycle components include a pedal assembly with pedals shipped in “folded” positions and rotated by hand into locked “open” positions for riding. A locking member nests in an axle notch to rotationally lock the pedals in place. A stem-fork assembly includes a fork unit having a fork post with a slidable compression ring covering a spring-biased stem locking member. The fork post is inserted into a stem tube of a stem unit, pushing the ring down and exposing the stem locking member, which can then “snap” into the stem tube to lock the fork unit with the stem unit. A training wheel assembly includes a mounting unit having a spring member with a bendable engagement end. When a wheel support with engagement slot is inserted into the mounting unit, the spring member snaps into the engagement slot to lock the training wheel support in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventor: Terence Gregory Blake
  • Patent number: 10072439
    Abstract: A collapsible canopy structure includes one or more eaves, one or more fixed eave mounts, one or more sliding eave mounts and one or more vertical poles. Each of the vertical poles has a top end and a bottom end. Each of the vertical poles is connected by at least one of the one or more eaves. At least one of the fixed eave mounts is coupled to at least one of the eaves and attached proximate to the top end of at least one of the vertical poles. At least one of the sliding eave mounts is coupled to at least one of the eaves and slidingly coupled to one of the vertical poles between its top end and its bottom end. One or more detent elements include a round or spherical detent surface that engages an opening of the one or more vertical poles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: ShelterLogic Corp.
    Inventor: Jack B. Lovley, II
  • Patent number: 10053880
    Abstract: A support post comprising first and second elongate members, a ceiling engaging member at the upper end of the first elongate member and a floor engaging member at the lower end of the second elongate member. A spring biases the ceiling engaging member away from the upper end of the first elongate member. A lock maintains the spring in a compressed configuration. When in its unlocked position the lock releases the spring and permits it to apply a biasing force to the ceiling engaging member, urging the ceiling engaging member away from the upper end of the first elongate member. A latch is secured to the first elongate member and permits telescopic movement between the elongate members when said lock is in its locked position. The latch engages the second elongate member when the lock is in its unlocked position and resists relative telescopic movement between the elongate members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Jonathan J. Melic
  • Patent number: 10038395
    Abstract: A system, in certain embodiments, includes a joint and an energy harvesting system. The energy harvesting system includes an energy conversion system configured to convert kinetic energy from movement of the joint into electrical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Donald Scott Coonrod, Ronald Wayne Webb
  • Patent number: 10020772
    Abstract: This invention provides a portable system for the generation of photovoltaic energy. The power plant is provided as a kit in a plurality of containers, each of which can be carried by one person. This power plant can be assembled in a few hours by two people. The power plant is adjustable and can adapt to a variety of locations and environments. The power plant includes a frame structure, a movable photovoltaic collection array of more than one solar panel, a power management module, battery power storage system and various cables. The power plant can include shelving and can function as a vehicle port. The photovoltaic collection array can be pivotally raised and lowered for optimal solar power collection manually or mechanically. In further embodiments, more than one such power plant can be joined together to create a portable local power grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Magnolia Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Yash R. Puri, Robert D. Atherton, Jr., Roger E. Welser, Ashok K. Sood
  • Patent number: 10010357
    Abstract: A bone fixation apparatus is provided and includes a bone fixation plate having a fixation hole, a fastener shaft having a bone-anchoring portion and an upper portion defining an outer cam, and a C-shaped annular member having an outer surface, an inner surface defining an inner cam, and a gap formed through the entire annular member. The inner cam cooperates with the outer cam of the fastener shaft to move the annular member between an unexpanded position and an expanded position independent from movement of the fastener shaft relative to the bone fixation plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Zimmer Biomet Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Tara Ziolo, Rui Ferreira
  • Patent number: 9931120
    Abstract: A linear surgical stapler includes an upper staple cartridge receiving half-section, a lower staple cartridge receiving half-section and a staple cartridge assembly. The staple cartridge assembly includes a cutting groove in which a reciprocating movement cutter is mounted. The cutter includes a bottom surface and a knife blade located at a far end of the cutter. The staple cartridge assembly includes a restricting member mounted therein and an elastic stopper. The elastic stopper abuts against the restricting member when the staple cartridge assembly is in an initial state. The restricting member breaks away from the staple cartridge assembly when the staple cartridge assembly is in a firing complete state, thereby preventing the cutter from sliding towards the far end of the staple cartridge. As a result, misfiring throughout the whole operation of the linear surgical stapler is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventors: Wangdong Chen, Yongwang Pei, Jing Zhou
  • Patent number: 9888825
    Abstract: A positioning structure includes a locating member, a movable mechanism mounted in the locating member for the connection of a mop and movable up and down relative to the locating member, and a positioning mechanism mounted in the locating member for stopping against the positioning mechanism upon connection of a mop to the movable mechanism to support the mop stably in position for dehydration through a spining action after movement of the movable mechanism to the top side of the locating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Dikai International Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chen-Chou Tsai
  • Patent number: 9883744
    Abstract: A self stabilizing system which has an incompressible coil at least partially encompassed in a housing, and which controls a foot of a device to be stabilized. The coil abuts a plunger, which plunger is for allowing a user to selectably lock the elevation by use of a pin which fits within a plurality of annular grooves on the plunger. In a first embodiment, a pair of coils surround the plunger on either side and control a pair of feet, thus allowing automatic stabilization on an uneven surface. In a second embodiment, a single coil is controlled by a spring which abuts the plunger allowing a spring-loaded system for selecting an elevation to lock the plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventor: Witold S. Macyszyn
  • Patent number: 9841042
    Abstract: A clamp for internally coupling and decoupling two components can include a base fittable within an interior of at least one of two components to be coupled together. The clamp can also include an engagement member movably supported about the base. The engagement member can interface with and engage interior portions of the two components when in a coupled position separated from the interior portions of the two components when in a decoupled position. The clamp can further include a wedge movably supported about the base to facilitate movement of the engagement member between the coupled and the decoupled positions. In addition, the clamp can include a secure and release mechanism operable with the base and the wedge to alternately secure the wedge to maintain the engagement member in the coupled position and release the wedge to facilitate movement of the engagement member to the decoupled position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Matthew Glenn Murphy, Scott D. Thomas, Erick W. Elkins
  • Patent number: 9835191
    Abstract: A chair footrest ring positioning structure includes a guide region tilting downward and concavely disposed on an outer surface of any one side of the lower segment of the tightening case, one or more anti-slip pads fixed inside an internal space of the tightening case, one or more grooves concavely disposed at a periphery of the tightening case, to facilitate insertion of a middle pipe of the chair, and a sleeve corresponding in shape to the middle of the footrest ring fitted around the tightening case. One or more bumps extending from an inner side of the sleeve are inserted into the grooves of the tightening case, respectively. When the middle pipe is rotated to move the tightening case by a predetermined distance, the guide region undergoes a displacement to drive insertion of the bumps, thereby pushing the tightening case inward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Jia Xie Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun Chen
  • Patent number: 9822909
    Abstract: The invention concerns a ring (4) for fastening a pipe (1) to a tubular body (2). According to the invention, the ring comprises two rigid sectors (5) that are coupled to each other by at least one elastically deformable annular portion (12), the two sectors and the portion being a single part, each sector (5) having an inner face (6), protruding from which at least one anchoring stud (7) extends radially, intended to be received in a housing correspondingly provided in a wall of the pipe, each anchoring stud (7) comprising two grooves (9) extending circumferentially to either side of said anchoring stud. The invention also concerns connection means comprising such a ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventors: Alain Gaillard, Jean-Noel Musellec, Yoann Averty, David Fouche, Cyril Leroyer
  • Patent number: 9788662
    Abstract: A multi-functional infant, baby and toddler seating system characterized by two complementary components that can be used separately, yet simultaneously, for distinctly different infant, baby and toddler seating purposes, or the individual, but complementary components can be used uniquely together for yet another distinctly different means of seating babies and toddlers during meal time or other seating needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventors: Stephen Mark Hollett, Lisa Elaine Hollett
  • Patent number: 9668583
    Abstract: A desk chair includes a seat with a back rest and a rigid frame joining the seat and backrest, and a pedestal base preferably with tilt and rotational capabilities. The chair is securely coupled to the base in the desk chair configuration but may be decoupled from the base and placed on the floor beside the base. To accomplish this arrangement, the chair is equipped with a set of four-and-aft extending rails that are integral with the frame which is attached to the seat. These rails rest on the floor only when the chair portion is decoupled from the pedestal base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Sauder Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Warncke, Jeffrey A. Jameson, Thomas A. Hagerty
  • Patent number: 9664183
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure generally relate to an SMA actuator that includes a cooling device disposed within a torque tube. In one aspect, the cooling device includes a sliding sleeve, an expandable sleeve, and plurality of cooling fins coupled to the expandable sleeve. Axial movement of the sliding sleeve relative to the expandable sleeve facilitates radial expansion of the expandable sleeve and urges the cooling fins into contact with the torque tube. The cooling fins function as heat sinks when in contact with the torque tube to facilitate the removal of heat from the torque tube to increase the cooling rate of the torque tube. During heating of the torque tube, the cooling fins may be spaced apart from the torque tube to reduce the thermal mass that is heated, thus increasing the heating rate of the torque tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventors: Sahrudine Apdalhaliem, Moushumi Shome, Kimberly D. Meredith, Waeil M. Ashmawi, Morteza Safai, Frederick T. Calkins
  • Patent number: 9578936
    Abstract: An automatic leg tube locking device including a hollow cylinder shaped guide switch and a circular truncated cone shaped guide post which are mutually matched for use. Through holes are evenly formed in the side surface of the guide switch, the through holes are adapted with locking shafts, a transmission mechanism is arranged between the guide switch and the guide post, so that the guide switch vertically moves along the inclined cylinder surface of the guide post and drives the locking shafts to move along the guide post when the guide switch and the guide post rotate relative to each other. A photography tripod, a unipod and a crutch are further provided. The automatic leg tube locking device, the photography tripod, the unipod and the crutch are capable of pulling the leg tube to any position and lock the leg tube automatically in a locking state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Zhihua Li
  • Patent number: 9512865
    Abstract: A telescopic tube has a tube assembly and a connecting assembly. The tube assembly has a first rod, a second rod, a third rod, and a fourth rod. The second rod, the third rod, and the fourth rod are mounted respectively around outer surfaces of the first rod, of the second rod, and of the third rod respectively. The connecting assembly has a first connecting unit, a second connecting unit, and a third connecting unit. The first connecting unit links together the first rod and the second rod. The second connecting unit links together the second rod and the third rod. The third connecting unit links together the third rod and the fourth rod. The telescopic tube is applied on a walking stick or a clothes pole which ensures that the walking stick or the clothes pole has a small size when retracted and ease of use when extended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventor: Tsung-Hsiang Wang
  • Patent number: 9505059
    Abstract: A tools holder is provided with a base including a rear fastening member configured to secure to a mounting groove of a lathe, and a front groove member, and at least one hole extending from an outer surface to the groove member; a blade including a front cutting member and a rear tenon fitted into the groove member; and at least one fastener each driven through one of the at least one hole to urge against the tenon for fastening the base and the blade. The tools holder is capable of increasing length by assembling at least one interconnecting member between the base and the blade. Further, the assembly is secured due to complimentary engagement of any two adjacent components and the provision of threaded fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Peter Chen
  • Patent number: 9468572
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an electric wheelchair or other type of motorized conveyance having an adjustable canopy are disclosed. The electric wheelchair includes a motorized chair coupled to the adjustable canopy with a support structure that allows an individual to manually adjust the orientation and/or configuration of the adjustable canopy. The support structure includes a tubing arrangement consisting of plurality of smaller-diameter tubes secured to a respective one of a plurality of larger-diameter tubes, which are coupled together by a collar. Each collar defines a channel configured to receive a smaller-diameter tube and a larger-diameter tube in telescopic relation to each other. In addition, each collar defines a middle portion formed between a first side portion and a second side portion that form respective first and second slots with the middle portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: GOSOLARLIFE, LLC
    Inventor: Glenn Schulke
  • Patent number: 9462881
    Abstract: Disclosed is a multi-stroke telescoping apparatus. Applying a modularized design can expand the number of a plurality of lifting units to perform the multi-stroke according to actual requirement. In addition, a relative linear movement between the pluralities of lifting units enables the multi-stroke telescoping apparatus to be telescoped simultaneously. The multi-stroke telescoping can be performed according to the number of the lifting units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: Chun-Tsair Wang
  • Patent number: 9458962
    Abstract: An extension/retraction device includes a cylindrical stationary leg section having a base at the upper end thereof, a cylindrical movable leg section in which the stationary leg section is fitted so as to be slidable in the longitudinal direction, an engagement tube having an upper end formed in a stepped shape and installed in the stationary leg section so as to be coaxial with the movable leg section and so as to be pivotable about the cylinder axis of the movable leg section, a pressing spring installed within both the movable leg section and the stationary leg section, a pulling spring held within the pressing spring, a guide tube having an upper end affixed to the base and installed in the engagement tube, an engagement section fitted to the lower end of the engagement tube, and a spacer installed between the lower end of the guide tube and the engagement tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventor: Kazuo Higashi
  • Patent number: 9447912
    Abstract: A support tripod (1) for video-photographic equipment, comprising a spider (2), a column (8) provided with hooking means (9) for a piece of video-photographic equipment slidable along a sliding axis (Z) inside an aperture (7) defined by said spider (2), a plurality of legs (4) hinged at a hinging end (4a) to said spider (2) to open/close the tripod (1), each leg (4) having a body extending mainly along a longitudinal axis (Y) and being rotatable about a hinging axis (X) substantially perpendicular to said longitudinal axis (Y) and extending through the spider (2) to be moved between a closed configuration (W, W?) in which the legs (4) are arranged almost parallel with the sliding axis (Z) and at least one operating configuration (K, J) in which the legs are inclined relative to the sliding axis (Z) at a desired opening angle (?1, ?2), each leg (4) being provided with an adjusting device (30) in order to adjust the angular position of the leg (4) up to a maximum opening angle (?1, ?2) relative to said sliding
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Inventor: Massimo De Faveri
  • Patent number: 9381760
    Abstract: A sheet process device includes a processing part unit and a leg part unit. The processing part unit performs post process for a sheet ejected from an image forming apparatus. The leg part unit supports the processing part unit height-adjustably. The leg part unit includes a leg member, a fixed supporting member, and a movable supporting member. The leg member is extendable/contractable in upward and downward directions. The fixed supporting member is extended from a lower end of the leg member in a horizontal direction. The movable supporting member is stored in the fixed supporting member at the lower end of the leg member and extended in another horizontal direction being different from the extending direction of the fixed supporting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Keisuke Egawa, Masuo Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 9380865
    Abstract: An adjustable pneumatic desk having telescoping upper and lower bases for positioning a worksurface relative the floor. A spring biased locking mechanism sets the height of the desk via prong engagement of incrementally height adjustably spaced engagement slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: The Marvel Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Tempas
  • Patent number: 9320268
    Abstract: A caddy assembly for carrying a fishing rod includes a tripod that may be positioned on a support surface. A head is movably coupled to the tripod. The head is positionable at a selected angle with respect to the tripod. A handle is coupled to the head. The handle may be gripped. A carrier is coupled to the head. The carrier may carry a fishing rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventor: William J. Harris
  • Patent number: 9045981
    Abstract: A safety device 1 includes a telescopic tubular body 2 with an axial space which is bounded by an outer casing 3 and through which an extending part 4 is axially movable. The outer casing 3 and the extending part 4 are adjustable relative to each other between a relatively compact starting position and at least one extended position. At least one blocking body 7 is provided in the space between the outer casing 3 and the extending part 4 which blocks a movement of the extending part 4 into the outer casing 3, while the at least one blocking body 7 allows a reverse movement of the extending part out of the outer casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: RESQTEC-ZUMRO B.V.
    Inventors: Fred Baas, Jan Pieter Maarschalk
  • Patent number: 9016295
    Abstract: An integrated pole unit is connected to a patio umbrella canopy and allows the canopy to be raised by a foot, hand or low pressure compressor pump and lowered by releasing air via an air pressure valve. The external umbrella pole is hollow with a slit at the top and contains an “internal pole mechanism” with a metal insert that is attached to the base of the canopy and moves up the slit with increased air pressure in the pole, which raises the umbrella canopy. There is an air pressure valve that, when closed, keeps the umbrella canopy in the full open position, and when open, releases the air, resulting in the umbrella canopy closing automatically in a slow and controlled manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Robert F. Wise
  • Publication number: 20150090846
    Abstract: A modular stand system is adjustable in the transverse direction and height and is adapted for HVAC system components that need to be elevated above a support surface. In certain embodiments, the modular stand systems herein are advantageously used to support HVAC variable refrigerant flow (VRF) units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: William J. Crowley
  • Publication number: 20150076876
    Abstract: A chair includes a support device that is capable of fitting support devices of another chair, a backrest that is attached to the support device or an intermediate support member provided for the support device so that the backrest is capable of being tilted rearwards, and a seat that is capable of being raised from an unfolded posture to a raised posture overlapping with a front side surface of the backrest, a plurality of chairs being capable of being fitted with each other back and forth by raising the seats thereof. The seat is attached to the support device, the backrest or the intermediate support member so that the seat is capable of being raised and rotated and so that the seat is capable of taking at least one movement of forward movement, retreat movement and tilting at the unfolded posture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Masashi HASEGAWA, Yoshinori KURATA
  • Publication number: 20150047538
    Abstract: A height adjustable desk can include a work surface; and at least one leg assembly connected to the work surface. The at least one leg assembly can include: a first member; and a second member moveable relative to the first member along a longitudinal axis; and a counterbalance mechanism connected to the desk and configured to counteract a force exerted on the work surface. The counterbalance mechanism can include: a wheel; a gas spring having a cylinder and a moveable piston; a wheel moveably connected to the gas spring; and the tension member is connected to the leg assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Mustafa A. Ergun, Robert W. Fluhrer, Scott Trish, Jeffrey Mensing
  • Patent number: 8947215
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for implementing an automated workstation elevation position tracking and control scheme. Software running on the user's computer generates reminders and/or to forces an individual to periodically readjust the height of the workstation in a manner that promotes standing while at work. A current position, and an elapsed time that the workstation has been at the current position, is detected with an objective of providing pre-programmed routine or random automated reminders to a user to change the current position of the workstation from one elevation state to the other. The software tracks the percent of time that a user is standing and optionally compares this with a pre-defined goal. Automatic control via the user workstation, of workstation elevator actuators is provided in a manner that makes it easier, or otherwise unavoidable, for the user to initiate repositioning from a sitting to a standing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Barry P Mandel, Michael R Furst
  • Patent number: 8938182
    Abstract: A stand of the image forming apparatus includes at least one plate unit including a first plate member which includes a first surface unit which forms an external appearance and a first bent unit which is provided to at least one of the opposite end parts of the first surface unit, and a second plate member which includes a second surface unit and a second bent unit which is provided to at least one of the opposite end parts of the second surface unit, and is capable of being inserted into the first plate member, at least one of the first bent unit and the second bent unit being bent so that each bending direction thereof may start from at least one of the first surface unit and the second surface unit, and then bend toward at least one of the first surface unit and the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong-hyun Lee, Jong-cheon Hong
  • Patent number: 8931648
    Abstract: A horizontal frame support assembly allows a user to raise a frame with an irregular shape from a surface. The horizontal frame support assembly comprises a hub section mechanically coupled to a plurality of arms where each arm is attached to a frame support. Each frame support is configured to receive a portion of the frame with the irregular shape and has sufficient height to lift the frame from the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Steven Tam
  • Patent number: 8925877
    Abstract: A vehicle seat mount is formed of a support hub adapted for securing a platform thereto, a stabilizer coupled for securing the support hub against rocking on a seat rest portion of the vehicle seat, a rear retaining element projected from the hub and adapted for engaging the vehicle seat between the seat rest portion and a backrest portion thereof, and a forward retaining element adapted for engaging a front portion of the seat rest portion of the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Publication number: 20140374551
    Abstract: The modular folding table includes a collapsible truss framework that supports a folding table top and a folding utility shelf, and includes legs that can be connected horizontally or vertically to the legs of one or more similar modular folding tables, to provide desired table and shelf space with a structure that is foldable, strong and stable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Mark C. Carter
  • Publication number: 20140283715
    Abstract: The described table relates generally to a height adjustable table and specifically to a table with legs that are adjustable in length, and as well to the adjustable table legs themselves. The described table relates to a height adjustable table comprising a horizontal component supported by a plurality of telescoping legs, the legs each comprising an outer tube connected to the horizontal component and an inner tube having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is moveably engaged within said outer tube, and the outer tube comprises an opening comprised of a substantially longitudinal channel with a plurality of pockets extending out from said channel, and the inner tube comprises a pin extending into said opening. The described table also relates to the adjustable legs and the use of the table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
  • Patent number: 8827220
    Abstract: An assembling arrangement serves for securing a tubular furniture leg to the top plate of a piece of furniture. The assembling arrangement comprises a through opening formed in the top plate, a top mounting, which spans the through opening on the top side of the top plate, a bottom mounting, which spans the through opening on the bottom side of the top plate and is attached to the leg, a first bore formed through the top mounting and a second bore formed through the bottom mounting in line with the first bore, a screw having a shaft extending downwards in the leg via the first bore, the through opening and the second bore, a nut for the screw shaft placed in the leg, and an anchoring mechanism for firmly anchoring the nut in the leg in the secured state of the leg. The assembling arrangement is inexpensive and strong and can advantageously be used for mounting legs upon cantilever tables and chairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Midform A/S
    Inventors: Steen Mandsfelt Eriksen, Gunilla Mandsfelt Eriksen
  • Patent number: 8830391
    Abstract: The present invention provides a telescoping monopod apparatus for holding one or more cameras while a digital photograph or video recording is taken by a user, including: a plurality of concentrically-disposed telescoping shaft sections; a handle coupled to the plurality of concentrically-disposed telescoping shaft sections; and a head portion configured to receive and secure a camera, wherein the head portion includes: a neck portion; at least one substantially-flat camera-receiving surface; a pair of lipped retention members coupled to each of the substantially-flat camera-receiving surfaces present; and a central track structure coupled to each of the substantially-flat camera-receiving surfaces present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Goscope, LLC
    Inventor: Kyle Scarola
  • Patent number: 8814109
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a seat post assembly that is adjustable to an upper, intermediate, and lower seat post position using a locking member and a sleeve member coupled to an actuator for securing and releasing an inner tube with respect to an outer tube. The actuator may move the sleeve member to release the locking member from engagement with the outer tube to adjust the inner tube and thus the seat post assembly to the upper, intermediate, or lower seat post positions. The actuator and the sleeve may be biased into an initial position that urges the locking member into engagement with outer tube to lock the inner tube to the outer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Laird, John L. Calendrille, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8783241
    Abstract: A Dutch oven lid holder having a horizontally oriented support ring. Three support leg members have their top ends telescopically received in tubular coupling members formed on the support ring. The area beneath the support ring and within the perimeter of the support leg members defines a lid storage space. A lid support assembly has a horizontally oriented tubular sleeve portion having a tension coil spring passing therethrough. The opposite ends of the coil spring are detachably secured to brackets on the support ring. A vertically oriented anchor leg has its top end adjustably received on a T-connector portion extending downwardly from the tubular sleeve portion. The anchor leg has a hook on its bottom end that loops under the handle of a Dutch oven lid. Anchor arms extending inwardly from the respective support leg members would maintain a downward force on the Dutch oven lid causing the coil spring to be place under tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: CompMaid, LLC
    Inventors: Gary E. Sauter, Dale A. Sauter