By Magnet Patents (Class 248/206.5)
  • Patent number: 10427450
    Abstract: The preferred embodiment of the present invention comprises a stackable and modularly reconfigurable device and system providing a surface for marking and displaying items. More specifically, embodiments of the invention relate to a modularly reconfigurable device and system having erasable writing surfaces with interconnection features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: COMSERO, INC.
    Inventor: Anthony Franco
  • Patent number: 10389017
    Abstract: A roof antenna attached to a vehicle includes an adhesive applied to a designated thickness, an upper case formed in a streamlined dome shape having an opened lower surface, and a lower case combined with the upper case, the lower case shielding the opened lower surface of the upper case and provided with an antenna module mounted on an upper surface of the lower case, wherein the lower case is combined with a roof of the vehicle, one surface of a pad formed of the adhesive is applied to a lower surface of the lower case, and another surface of the pad formed of the adhesive is attached to the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yong Sik Cho, Hee Kuk Ryeu, Soon Bag Joung, Tae Byung Park, Gi Cho Kang
  • Patent number: 10343737
    Abstract: A reusable magnetic device for temporary retention of a vehicle opening element in a closed position. The reusable magnetic device includes one or more magnets engaging at least one of the opening element and the fixed element of the vehicle in the closed position. The reusable magnetic device may include one or more pads to reduce the contact surface area between the device and either one or both of the opening element or fixed element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignees: AST ACME, INC., QUADRANT MAGNETICS, LLC
    Inventor: Phil Pascoe
  • Patent number: 10306960
    Abstract: A magnetic umbrella holder includes a base and a magnet. The base is configured to hold an umbrella. The magnet is positioned at the bottom of the base. The magnet is configured to hold the base perpendicular to a magnetic surface. The base includes a hollow interior, a closed end, and an open end. The hollow interior is configured to hold a handle of the umbrella. The closed end houses the magnet. The open end is configured for allowing the handle of the umbrella to be inserted inside the hollow interior. Wherein, the magnetic umbrella holder is configured for positioning an umbrella perpendicular on the magnetic surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Omari Patterson
  • Patent number: 10297173
    Abstract: A flush magnet anchor comprises an anchor body having first and second exterior and opposing surfaces; and a magnet mounted in a recess of the body such that an exterior surface of the magnet and the first exterior surface of the body are coplanar. A tether (e.g. eyelet) in the second exterior surface receives a ring. The body, shaped as a bowl having a rim, has the magnet mounted in the bowl. A magnet installing and removing apparatus comprises a base forming a channel; and at least two magnet heads mounted to the base in the channel, each of the at least two magnet heads configured to receive respective magnet anchors; and wherein the magnet heads are selectively movable along the base in the channel. The base may be an extruded rail, e.g. of a U-shape with upper ends turned in. The apparatus may couple to an extension pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Robina Bernard
  • Patent number: 10220979
    Abstract: A container (100) includes a first side (101) defining an aperture (107), a second side (102), and a plurality of other sides (103,104,105). The first side, the second side, the plurality of other sides defining an interior volume (106) of the container. A plurality of gloves (110) is disposed within the interior volume such that one or more gloves may be drawn from the container through the aperture. A magnetic device (112) is proximately located with the second side. When the second side is proximately located with a ferrous object, the magnetic device magnetically couples the container to the ferrous object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Silkaitis
  • Patent number: 10172579
    Abstract: An x-ray imaging system is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chang Jin Yang
  • Patent number: 10060572
    Abstract: A portable device support system including a disc-shaped central hub having a mounting slot, two pairs of crossing support arms having a corner support tab for releasably securing a mobile device, and a supporting attachment with mounting insert configured to connect with the central hub. The crossing support arms are configured to expand outwardly in order to securely grasp edges of a mobile device and hold it in a desired position. The supporting attachment may feature a securing mechanism at its base, further making the system useful for holding a mobile device securely in position across a variety of locations and working environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Joan Don
  • Patent number: 9935669
    Abstract: A protection enclosure of an portable electronic device includes a protective frame including a protective frame main body in which the portable electronic device is received and held and multiple protective frame magnetic members, which are arranged in the protective frame main body at intervals and grouped as at least one lateral protective frame magnetic attraction row and at least one longitudinal protective frame magnetic attraction row perpendicular to the lateral protective frame magnetic attraction row; and a protective cover including a protective cover main body having a bottom board, an end board, and a connection board connected between the bottom board and the end board and multiple protective cover magnetic members arranged, at intervals, on the end board to form at least one protective cover magnetic attraction row. Foldability is available between the bottom board and the connection board and also between the connection board and the end board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Kuo-Tang Kuo
  • Patent number: 9934702
    Abstract: A magnetic cardette for removably holding a card or sign. The cardette includes a stem insertable into a floral arrangement container. The top of the stem includes a plate of material that is attractable to the card, in turn, having a magnet thereon removably holding the card to the stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Syndicate Sales, Inc.
    Inventor: Trent Harshman
  • Patent number: 9829472
    Abstract: A portable hand-held oxygen monitor for monitoring oxygen in a weld zone includes a user interface having an alphanumeric display and one or more user interface buttons. An audiovisual alarm includes an indicator light and an audio output device, the indicator light being separate and distinct from the alphanumeric display. The oxygen monitor implements an oxygen monitoring mode responsive to activation of one or more of the user interface buttons, wherein (1) a gas sample is obtained, (2) a digital gas sample oxygen level value is generated, and (3) the gas sample oxygen level value is compared to a stored oxygen level alarm value, and the audiovisual alarm is activated if the gas sample oxygen level value is less than the oxygen level alarm value. The activating includes illuminating the indicator light and generating sound from the audio output device to alert a monitor user that is safe to weld.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Hacikyan
  • Patent number: 9788670
    Abstract: The invention relates to a framed art hanging system for hanging pictures and other similar items such as art, photos, diplomas, posters, paintings and framed sports memorabilia on walls. The system allows the installer of a framed picture to easily hang the picture utilizing the combination of a magnetic connection and a mechanical connection. The magnetic connection is achieved by utilizing a magnet, preferably adhered to a plate which is attached to either the back of the picture frame or to the wall and a metal plate which is magnetically attracted to the magnet, the metal plate being placed on the other location (either the back of the picture frame or to the wall). Three example ways to achieve a mechanical connection are described. The first way is to place an abrasive coating on either the frame plate or the magnet plate and a deformable substance coating on the other. The second way is to combine fins and grooves, one being placed on the frame plate and the other being placed on the magnet plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Wisick Creative Products, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory Aaron Wiseman
  • Patent number: 9779639
    Abstract: A media display assembly that has a base assembly, including a base and a steel plate, which forms a front surface of the base assembly and is removeably affixed to the base. Also, a cover includes a polymeric sheet having transparent display portion and a rearward extending peripheral wall, the peripheral wall snugly fitting the base assembly. Finally, display media is interposed between the steel plate and the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: REVOLUTION SIGN AND MEDIA GROUP LLC
    Inventor: Richard Wendell Hiatt
  • Patent number: 9778011
    Abstract: An adjustable support holder for a gauge device on a magnetic base to provide adaptable positioning and mounting for measuring instruments. The support holder comprises of a gauge engagement platform rotatable with a support base adapted to be mounted on an electro-magnetic attachment for selectively securing on a magnetically attractive surface. An integrated remote locking assembly will selectively release and lock the rotatable platform and attached measuring gauge allowing for 360-degree rotation and orientation there therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventors: Chad Armstrong, Alan Hitchcock
  • Patent number: 9717339
    Abstract: The disclosure provides for a mounting apparatus for mounting a computing accessory to a display device. The mounting apparatus includes an attachment portion for holding a computing accessory body. An extension extends away from the attachment portion and includes one or more permanent magnets. When the mounting apparatus is in a mounted location on the display device, (i) a display-facing portion of the extension extends along and faces a rear surface of the display device; (ii) the one or more permanent magnets attract the extension to ferromagnetic material in the display device to magnetically hold the mounting apparatus in the mounted location; and (iii) the attachment portion holds the computing accessory body adjacent an outer edge of the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: William Loren Emery
  • Patent number: 9713272
    Abstract: A display device includes a display panel, a back cover placed in the back surface of the display panel, and a coupling unit placed in an area between the back cover and the display panel. The display device can be closely coupled to a to-be-attached surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yooseok Kim, Byungmu Huh, Seokbong Han, Jongyoun Shin, Sunha Park, Younsoo Kim, Misun Park
  • Patent number: 9711268
    Abstract: A magnetic system described herein includes first and second magnetic structures that simultaneously produce repel forces and attract forces that combine to produce a composite force that can be an attract force, a repel force, or a force that transitions from an attract force to a repel force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Correlated Magnetics Research, LLC
    Inventors: Larry W. Fullerton, Mark D. Roberts, David P. Machado, Jason N. Morgan
  • Patent number: 9683363
    Abstract: A blanket enclosure for a metallic piece of equipment and a method of fabrication, comprising at least one blanket panel and at least one magnetic support supporting the blanket panel, the magnetic support comprising at least one magnet, the at least one magnet connecting the blanket panel to a surface of the metallic piece of equipment. The method of fabrication comprises providing at least one blanket panel, providing at least one support comprising at least one magnet, supporting the blanket panel by the support, and contacting the magnet of the support supporting the blanket panel to a surface of the metallic piece of equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: SYSTÈMES DE CONTRÔLE ACTIF SOFT DB INC.
    Inventors: Michel Pearson, André L'Espérance
  • Patent number: 9677674
    Abstract: The present discussion relates to tubing clamps and systems employing tubing clamps. In one example a tubing clamp can include generally elongate top and bottom clamp bars extending between a hinge end and a clamp end. The clamp bars can apply force to tubing extending there between while being adjusted to a parallel relationship to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventors: Scott Spink, Christopher Henjum, Bruce Hedlund
  • Patent number: 9412506
    Abstract: A magnetic system described herein includes first and second magnetic structures that simultaneously produce repel forces and attract forces that combine to produce a composite force that can be an attract force, a repel force, or a force that transitions from an attract force to a repel force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Correlated Magnetics Research, LLC.
    Inventors: Larry W. Fullerton, Mark D. Roberts, David P. Machado, Jason N. Morgan
  • Patent number: 9386838
    Abstract: A lip balm tube holder can be constructed and arranged to retain a lip balm tube, e.g., constructed and arranged to retain a lip balm tube vertically. In some embodiments, the lip balm tube holder can include a body comprising an opening sized and arranged to releasably receive a lip balm tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Liplox Limited Company
    Inventor: Kevin Smith
  • Patent number: 9339137
    Abstract: A holding apparatus for use in selectively securing an article includes a shaft having opposed first and second ends and a generally linear configuration. A first mounting member is attached to the first end of the shaft, the first mounting member including a magnet configured to attach to one of another magnet or metal surface. A second mounting member is attached to the second end of the shaft. In some embodiments, the second mounting member includes a magnet such that the apparatus may be selectively attached to a metal object. In another embodiment, the second mounting member may include a bore through the shaft configured to selectively receive a key ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventor: Wade Nelson
  • Patent number: 9259931
    Abstract: Systems and methods for pre-aligning print head(s) to alignment adapter(s) to increase print resolution of printed matter, and to reduce offline time of a printing system due to print head alignment, include the use of an alignment adapter to which a print head is pre-aligned and which includes precision alignment features which precisely engage cooperating precision alignment features on the print head carriage mounting plate of the print head carriage. Print head(s) can be pre-aligned and fine-tuned to alignment adapter(s) even while the printing system is still in print production. Pre-aligned print head/alignment adapter assemblies can then be quickly mounted on the print head carriage using the cooperating precision alignment features of the adapter and print head carriage mounting plate. Duplicate sets of print head mounting sockets can include print heads aligned at different relative offsets (e.g., half a pixel) to increase the print resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Cimpress Schweiz GmbH
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Moreau, Harald Feistenauer, Hung Viet Ngo, Patrick Stepanek
  • Patent number: 9060588
    Abstract: A securement apparatus for a portable electronic device including a body having a panel and a plurality of elastomeric retainers secured to and extending from the panel. Each retainer forming a loop defining an opening, the openings adapted to receive therein a corner of a handheld electronic device. A tether is connected to and extending from the body. A strap is secured to the tether. An attachment device is operably connected to the strap to secure the apparatus to a member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Daca Design LLC
    Inventors: Nina Bransfield, Brannen Brock
  • Publication number: 20150144753
    Abstract: An improved jewelry holder having a body with a flat back surface that is adapted to releasably attach to a chosen surface, and a front surface including a primary curved surface and an attached flexible hook member having a secondary curved surface within close proximity to one another whereby the space therebetween creates a lead-in notch, a lead-out notch, and a chamber space whereby a piece of jewelry having a ring shape can be placed onto the flexible hook member by passing the flexible hook member through the inner area of the ring shape and pressing the piece of jewelry through the lead-in notch and lead out notch thereby safely retaining the piece of jewelry on a lower portion of the flexible hook member in the chamber space until the piece of jewelry is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Bradley Troy Severson, Elizabeth Dawn Severson
  • Publication number: 20150108301
    Abstract: An instrument mounting apparatus having a flexible vertical strap, a magnet attached near the top of the vertical strap, wherein the magnet is operable to couple the strap to an external member, and the strap is operable to be attached to an instrument near the bottom of the strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Raymond Steven Troy, Daniel Shane Vande Voorde, Clinton Farrell Matthews
  • Patent number: 9010490
    Abstract: An apparatus to secure a ladder to a ferromagnetic work surface, such as a metal storage tank, comprises a pair of brackets removably attached near the top of the ladder. The brackets are hinged to magnet mounts, which each hold a permanent magnet that releasably holds the ladder in place against the work surface. The apparatus prevents the ladder from slipping while a worker is climbing the ladder or while working from the ladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Ladder Safety Magnet, LLC
    Inventor: Tim Mosier
  • Patent number: 9010702
    Abstract: An adjustable rod including a center tube, and two rods which adjustably fit into the center tube, is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel Pepe
  • Patent number: 9004414
    Abstract: Described herein generally are flexible securing devices. The devices are extremely easy to use to the point that adults of all ages can use the devices, even the most elderly who would otherwise be incapable. The devices comprise a body which is at least partially bendable or flexible. The body's core generally comprises a metal alloy and in the body's bendable or flexible sections a bendable or flexible metal alloy is used. The body is coated with a least one polymeric coating to protect items, objects or persons interacting with the securing devices from getting damaged or injured from the devices themselves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventors: David P. Durben, Dianne S. Durben
  • Patent number: 8991801
    Abstract: A clamping device for magnetically clamping non-magnetic material objects. The clamping device comprises first and second clamp members each having at least one straight edge surface and each having at least one magnet disposed therein. The first and second clamp members are adapted to magnetically and removably couple to each other, wherein the magnetic coupling is capable of clamping at least one non-magnetic material object. The clamping device is further at least partially transparent, includes markings to facilitate correct alignment of the clamp members and comprises a support member for securely positioning the clamping device on an underlying surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventors: Rey Plaszewski, Roman Plaszewski
  • Patent number: 8991777
    Abstract: A post stabilization apparatus and method of operation for setting a post within a post hole formed in the ground. The post stabilization apparatus includes one or more braces to support the post, each of said braces having a first end adapted for being driven into the ground; each of the one or more braces having a bracket assembly pivotally secured adjacent to a second end of thereof; and each bracket assembly having a magnet to removably attach the bracket assembly to the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Gabriel Madril
  • Patent number: 8973881
    Abstract: A modular support assembly is provided for supporting a useful and/or decorative article. Each module of the assembly adheres to adjacent module(s) via a magnetic force attraction. The height of the modular assembly can be adjusted, as desired, by the addition/removal of various modules to/from the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Miodrag Mihajlovic
  • Publication number: 20150060378
    Abstract: A fishing rod and reel carrier for transporting and mounting one or more fishing rods and reels includes a carrier frame which mounts on a ferromagnetic surface. A plurality of fishing rod holders are mounted to the frame. A plurality of suction cups are secured to the frame to removably adhere the frame to the ferromagnetic surface. A plurality of magnets are secured to the frame to removably attach to the ferromagnetic surface to aid in keeping the suction cups affixed to the ferromagnetic surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel M. Bestor
  • Patent number: 8967562
    Abstract: The mountable holder comprises a body having a cavity, an upper face, a first side portion, a second side portion and a back portion, with the back portion extending between the first and second side portions and the cavity defining an opening on an upper face and being useable to selectively receive objects. The holder further includes a pair of magnetic connectors, with one of the magnetic connectors extending between the back portion and the first side portion and the other magnetic connector extending between the back portion and the second side portion. The magnetic connectors operatively enable the holder to be magnetically mounted to a metallic surface when the back portion is positioned adjacent the metallic surface, and the magnetic connectors operatively enable the holder to be magnetically connectable to additional holders at the first and second side portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Bileth
  • Publication number: 20150052727
    Abstract: A medicine cabinet organizing system suspends products to the undersides of cabinet shelves. Products may be individually held by clips that include a ferromagnetic material. The clips in turn couple to magnets attached to the underside of the shelves. Magnets may move with respect to the shelves to allow storage of different size products. An organizing system kit includes a plate having a ferromagnetic material, a fastener to affix the plate to the cabinet shelf, two or more bar magnets, and a plurality of clips, each clip including a ferromagnetic material and a spring element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Michael Rosso, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150048729
    Abstract: A heightening device (10) is arranged for heightening a short cup (3?) under a beverage outlet (20) of a beverage preparation module (2) configured to dispense beverage into a tall cup (3). The device (10) comprises: a bottom (12) for resting on a support surface (5); a platform (14) that is supported by the bottom and that is configured for receiving said short cup (3?) and heightening thereof over the bottom (12); and a means (15,16) for assembling the bottom and the platform as a unit (12, 14) to a corresponding assembling means (25, 26) of said beverage preparation module under said outlet. The assembling means (15, 16; 25, 26) of such device (10) and of the module (2) are disassemblable for separating the unit (12, 14) from the module and removing the unit from under such beverage outlet (20) to allow placement of the tall cup (3) on said support surface (5) under the outlet (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Antoine Cahen, Francois Besson
  • Publication number: 20150048225
    Abstract: A single-point clamp of four-wheel aligner for vehicles connected to a fixing hub nut on the wheel comprises a sleeve, a single-point variable hexagonal grip, a fastening nut, a connecting board, and a target board with magnets. The single-point variable hexagonal grip and the fastening nut are respectively disposed at two ends of the sleeve. The single-point variable hexagonal grip is firmly lodged in the fixing hub nut. Two ends of the connecting board are respectively connected to the sleeve and the target board. A using method includes steps of: (1) loosening the fastening nut of the single-point clamp; (2) inserting the single-point variable hexagonal grip into the fixing hub nut of the wheel; and (3) rotationally fastening the fastening nut for clamping the fixing hub nut firmly. The single-point clamp and the using method thereof obtain a simple structure, an easy installation, low costs, and a resource-saving effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: SHANGHAI YICHENG AUTO-INSPECTION DEVICE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jindong Liu
  • Publication number: 20150026938
    Abstract: A casket comprises a casket shell including at least one keyhole groove in an exterior surface thereof, a casket lid closeable on the shell, the lid including a magnetic cap panel mounted therein, a universal ornament base having a front side and a rear side, the rear side including at least one magnet mounted thereon and at least one fastener secured thereto, the fastener having a head thereon, and an ornament insert secured to the front side of the ornament base. The ornament base and ornament insert can be removably secured to the shell by inserting the head of the fastener in the keyhole groove of the shell and seating the head of the fastener in the keyhole groove, or the ornament base and ornament insert can be removably secured to the lid by positioning the magnet on the magnetic cap panel, as desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: BATESVILLE SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Ilija Rojdev
  • Publication number: 20150031256
    Abstract: A beverage device comprising a beverage holder having an upper end and a lower end with the lower end having a beverage holder connector. A beverage holder support has a connecting end and a locking end. The locking end has a protruding portion having an outside diameter sized to fit inside a pool noodle and an annular wall having an inside diameter sized to fit around the pool noodle. The connecting end has a beverage holder support receiver for receiving the beverage holder connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Kent M. Arnold, William Patrick Youngblood
  • Patent number: 8936222
    Abstract: A system and method for magnetically supporting a device upon a structure for safeguarding the phone and providing immediate and convenient functional access to the phone. The apparatus and method for magnetically supporting an electronic device upon a user's arm including a connector assembly including a first magnet having a geometric shape and adapted to be securely attached to a device and also including a second magnet having a geometric shape and adapted to be securely attached to a support member and magnetically attachable to the first magnet to support the device to the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventors: James W. Bastian, Thomas W. Bastian
  • Patent number: 8931745
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing and supporting a mobile electronic device, comprising a protective shell for mounting the mobile electronic device, the protective shell comprising a female connector, wherein the female connector having a first magnet; and a support for fixing to a supporting surface, the support comprising a male connector, wherein the male connector having a second magnet; wherein the protective shell and the support constitute a detachable connecting structure; and wherein exposed ends of the first magnet and the second magnet having opposite magnetic poles. When joining the protective shell and the support, the male and female connectors need only be placed in approximate of each other for the connectors to be drawn towards each other and guided into proper alignment by magnetic force exerted by the two magnets. This way, the user's sight on the joining process is not necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Innomax Limited
    Inventor: Wai Kit Ng
  • Patent number: 8926258
    Abstract: A substrate supporting apparatus includes a substrate support that supports a substrate. A first connecting member is connected to the substrate support and includes a first magnet. A second connecting member faces the first connecting member and is connectable to a transport robot for transporting the substrate to a substrate holder. The second connecting member includes a second magnet magnetically coupled with the first magnet. A spacer is configured to hold an interval between the first connecting member and the second connecting member. The first connecting member and the second connecting member are relatively movable in a plane direction of the substrate via the spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Anelva Corporation
    Inventors: Koichi Yoshizuka, Satoshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 8925881
    Abstract: The invention relates to a magnetic based mounting apparatus configured for supporting and or securing devices to a surface such as the windshield of a car or a window glass. Such magnetic based mounting apparatus comprises a first magnetic component configured for being associated with a first side of a mounting surface and a second magnetic component configured for being disposed on an opposing second side of said mounting surface adjacent to said first magnetic component thereby magnetically associating the two magnetic components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventors: Anna Genevieve Diatzikis, Vasilios Evan Diatzikis, Dominic Evangelos Diatzikis, Isaiah Monty Simmons
  • Publication number: 20140374554
    Abstract: A protective magnetic holder is provided for holding a wide variety of items. The holder is comprised of at least one magnet that may be fully encapsulated in a protective housing. The protective housing is made of a soft and durable materials that prevents scratching and damage to the magnetically attractive surface to which the holder is affixed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Regina Jordan
  • Publication number: 20140358275
    Abstract: A support system includes a support, a root magnet, an object, and a cover magnet. The root magnet is fixedly attached to the support. The cover magnet is fixedly attached to the object. The root magnet and the cover magnet are configured to be magnetically attracted to one another such that the object is magnetically attached to the support when the root magnet and the cover magnet are aligned with one another in an attachment arrangement. The root magnet and the cover magnet are configured to magnetically repel one another such that the object is detached from the support when the root magnet and the cover magnet are unaligned with one another in a detachment arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Alan L. Browne, Nancy L. Johnson, Nilesh D. Mankame, Albert H. Butlin, JR., Roland Menassa
  • Patent number: 8894027
    Abstract: Various methods and devices involving reprographic copy stands are described. A reprographic copy stand may include a first support element configured to support a first cover of a book at a first plurality of angles. The reprographic copy stand may also include a second support element configured to support a second configured to support a second cover of the book at a second plurality of angles. The reprographic copy stand may include a platform configured to couple with the first support element at a first plurality of positions and the second support element at a second plurality of positions. The distance between the support elements may be variable according to the position of the first support selected from the first plurality of positions and the position of the second support selected from the second plurality of positions such that a plurality of book binding thicknesses are accommodated by the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Ancestry.com Operations Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Reese, Shawn Reid
  • Patent number: 8888332
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods of attaching accessories to LED lamps and for providing active accessories in LED lamps are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Soraa, Inc.
    Inventors: Wilfred Martis, Frank Shum, Artem Mishin, Zinovy Dolgonosov
  • Patent number: 8876200
    Abstract: A vehicle headliner attachment system for mounting a headliner to a non-magnetic roof structure includes a headliner having an interior and an exterior surface, a ferromagnetic plate attached to the exterior surface of the headliner, and a magnetic clip assembly affixed to the non-magnetic roof structure. The ferromagnetic plate and magnetic clip assembly enable magnetic attachment of the headliner to the non-magnetic roof structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Huelke, Justin Lee Healy, James Allen Stec, Todd Jared Konet
  • Publication number: 20140284440
    Abstract: A shelf display unit having one or more magnetic connectors allowing the display unit to be releasably attached to a shelf for the display of products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Martin Jay MAROTTI, Ralph Albert SAGEL, Raymond Charles BELL
  • Patent number: 8841556
    Abstract: A cord management apparatus comprises one or more magnets, configurable to be coupled to an electronic cord. The apparatus comprises one or more sheaths configured to be coupled to at least a portion of the electronic cord, wherein the one or more sheaths are configured to be magnetically attached to the magnet. A cord management device comprising one or more pliable sheaths is described also.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: CJD LLC
    Inventor: Wayne Philip Rothbaum