Rod Type Patents (Class 248/251)
  • Patent number: 10989353
    Abstract: A wall mounting system is provided including a fastening member including one or more mounting studs and one or more anchor apertures. The fastening member is configured to be anchored to a support structure by one or more fasteners disposed through the one or more anchor apertures. The wall mounting system also includes a bushing assembly including an inner portion including a through hole configured to receive a mounting stud and an outer portion configured to rotate about the inner portion and including at least one set screw aperture configured to align with a set screw aperture of an accessory sleeve and receive a set screw. Rotation of the outer portion about the inner portion enables indexing of the set screw aperture about a longitudinal axis of the bushing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventor: David H. Scalise
  • Patent number: 10709267
    Abstract: An improved display bar assembly, for the cantilever support of product dispensing trays. A rectangular display bar, is supported by spaced apart, flat mounting brackets on which mounting hooks are located in the primary plane of the bracket, and openings for reception of the display bar are offset axially inward from that plane enabling the recessed accommodation of flanged retaining plugs at opposite ends of the bar. The flanges of the retaining plugs have axially extending abutment walls which overlap outer walls of the display bar and engage offset surfaces of the bracket. The abutment walls overlap display bar walls on two opposing sides only, enabling the retaining plugs to be molded with transverse friction fins. This in turn enables the use of readily available, inexpensive grades of light gauge (e.g., 16 gauge) steel tubing of greater height than width (e.g., 1×1.5 inch) for the display bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Trion Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph F. Kologe
  • Patent number: 10564553
    Abstract: The present invention also discloses a multi-DOF (Degree of Freedom) large-stroke high-precision motion platform system using the guide mechanism. A large load-bearing guide mechanism comprises: a rigid frame for generating a large-stroke displacement to realize high-speed motion; a core motion platform connected with a motion portion of a non-contact actuator, connected with the rigid frame by a primary flexible hinge group and a secondary flexible hinge group, and used for generating a small-stroke precise displacement by elastic deformation of the flexible hinge groups under driving of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventors: Zhijun Yang, Qian Li, Youdun Bai, Xin Chen, Xun Chen, Yaobin He, Han Sun, Guanxin Huang, Baisheng Wu
  • Patent number: 10513854
    Abstract: A raking rail panel system includes a raking rail panel that is supported by four pivotable bracket assemblies. Each pivotable bracket assembly includes a rail support bracket that is hinged to a post bracket. Each post bracket is configured to be coupled to a vertical support post. The post brackets each include a gap filling portion that extends from a mounting face of the vertical support posts. The gap filling portions are sized to either fill a long or a short gap between an end baluster and the vertical support post. The four pivotable bracket assemblies facilitate drop-in installation of the rail panel pivoted in a range of rake angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Fortress Iron, LP
    Inventor: Evan Timmons
  • Patent number: 10398958
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a striking apparatus and provides multiple configurations to that apparatus. More particularly, this disclosure describes the striking apparatus having a rotatable target that may be secured on a door end assembly. In one illustrative embodiment, the target may be coupled to a rotatable member having a plurality of compression loops there between. A support may lock the rotatable member, and thus the target, at an angle through a bolt pattern spaced at forty-five (45) degree to fifteen (15) degree increments. The support may be secured to the door end assembly through at least one clamp and at least one fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Raymond Rita
  • Patent number: 10395566
    Abstract: A display holder includes an extruded member having a top surface from which extends a T-shaped grip portion for engagement by a gripper at the end of a pole. Spaced from the grip portion is a brace on the end of which is a web connected to a C-channel. The C-channel receives a display or sign such as a dowel in a sleeve of the display which allows the user to maximize sign size, head space or lines of sight. The C-channel also can be used to receive a block end hook, a cord suspender, or a clip. A ring may be provided through a hole in the web. The display holder is mounted or un-mounted safely from floor level in one single motion to a ceiling by magnets on the top surface or to a wall by magnets on the brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: K-International, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. White
  • Patent number: 10363800
    Abstract: A tarpaulin system for an open cargo hold. The tarpaulin system includes a tarpaulin, a plurality of bows, a plurality of connectors, a cable, and a tail end system. The plurality of connectors connects the plurality of bows to the cable while the tarpaulin is draped atop the plurality of bows. The tarpaulin bracket system allows for quick, and easy, replacement, or fixing, of the plurality of connectors or damaged bows allowing for much easier and efficient replacement while traveling in harsh environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Precision Tarp Inc.
    Inventor: Sor Philavong
  • Patent number: 10327552
    Abstract: A rack with a top reaching a ceiling according to the present invention is easy to assemble and disassemble, and such fastening method will not damage the ceiling but has high stability and is firm and durable. In addition, an arc-shaped cross bar, with a shower curtain or other articles hanging thereon by buckles, can be inserted in and connected to the rack in the Y direction, so it has diversified functions. A three-dimensional structure of the rack can be realized, and telescopic cross bar, telescopic vertical bars and the arc-shaped cross bar can be connected by users according to different needs to structure racks of different shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Hsiao-Han Liu
  • Patent number: 10273998
    Abstract: A first bracket is attached to a wall forming an anchoring point for an accessory hub. The accessory hub is attached to a second bracket that mates to the first bracket. Once properly mated together, the first bracket and second bracket may not be separated by a downward force. As a result, any accessory device attached to the accessory hub is properly secured to the wall. The accessory hub may also be attached to the first bracket and detached without the use of tools or intricate fasteners thereby facilitating simple removal at a later date.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Spectrum Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Roberto Garcia, Jan Van Leyen
  • Patent number: 10010196
    Abstract: A holding apparatus having a first and second support tube that slidably engage each other is provided. Each of the first and second support tubes has an end cap coupled to an end of the respective support tube. The first support tube has a bore and an open end opposite the end cap coupled to the first support tube. The engagement of the first and second support tubes enables a smooth surface on the first support tube so that jewelry or other small articles may be positioned thereon and freely slide back and forth along the surface of the first support tube. The end cap coupled to the second support tube has a bore for receiving the open end of the first support tube at full insertion of the second support tube into the bore of the first support tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: POLE VAULT STORAGE, LLC
    Inventor: Maria E. Millen
  • Patent number: 9926679
    Abstract: A barricade with a plurality of interlocking barricade members hingedly coupled to each other. Each of the interlocking barricade members include two vertical posts between which horizontal barricade members are mounted. The interlocking barricade members includes a base assembly onto which the vertical post is supported, such that the base assembly is rotatable and removable with respect to the vertical post. The base assembly is entirely behind and extends away from the barricade's rear face, thereby keeping the barricade and all its components out of a given walkway to avoid becoming a hazard to pedestrian traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Miguel Vila
  • Patent number: 9822924
    Abstract: A rotation type sliding bar with quick assembly and disassembly, includes a bar and a wall bracket device that can be fixedly assembled to the wall, a lock set and a rotation sleeve. The lock set is disposed with a sleeve portion coupled to and sleeved on the outer side of the wall bracket, the sleeve portion is disposed with at least an assembly hole vertically running through the sleeve portion; the bar is inserted to the assembly hole, the rotation sleeve is sleeved on the sleeve portion, the rotation sleeve is coupled to the wall bracket, the wall bracket, the lock set and the rotation sleeve are locked and the sleeve portion is driven to slide with respect to the wall bracket by moving the rotation sleeve, so that the wall bracket pushes the bar to lock and connect the wall bracket, the lock set and the bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignees: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yulin Wu, Wenxing Chen, Yong Gao, Huasong Zhou
  • Patent number: 9733399
    Abstract: An optical film having a first surface and a second surface is provided. The second surface is adjacent to the first surface and has a first area connected to the first surface, a second area connected to the first area, and a third area connected to the second area. The optical film includes a first micro-structure disposed on the first surface and a second micro-structure disposed in the first area and the second area. The first micro-structure includes a plurality of bubble structures. The second micro-structure includes a plurality of protrusions and recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: INNOLUX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chi-Liang Chang, Cheng-Hsia Kuo
  • Patent number: 9541427
    Abstract: A bead design allows the bead to be removably attached to a rail, allowing the bead to slide along the rail without coming off. The rail can be part of a bracket system to hang the rail in various desired locations. The beads can be made in various shapes and sizes, or with various textual indicators, to provide a user with a memory aid. A user can, for example, have a bead for each medicine dose they are required to take. A user can slide the bead to one side when the medicine is taken. Each bead can include an indicator, for example, 6 am, 2 pm, 10 pm that indicates a medicine to be taken 3 times a day. The beads can be used for other reminders and can be designed accordingly. A software application can be designed to mimic the bead and rail system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventor: Bradley Richard Hennenfent
  • Patent number: 9289087
    Abstract: Multi-purpose drapery rod assembly uses unique rod and bracket construction to provide a superior drapery rod platform that can attach a non-motorized single drapery rod to surfaces at nearly any angle, or can motorize a traverse rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventors: Clinton Henry Richards, Jeniece Mayhugh Richards
  • Patent number: 9187906
    Abstract: A handrail includes a top surface having a first flat portion extending in a first direction, a first finger rest portion continuously extending downward, and a second flat portion continuously extending in the first direction; a front surface having a flat first guiding portion continuously extending downward, a second finger rest portion continuously extending in a second direction opposite to the first direction, a second guiding portion continuously projecting downward in an arc shape, a third guiding portion continuously projecting downward in an arc shape in the second direction, and a third finger rest portion formed from a boundary between the second guiding portion and the third guiding portion extending upward. The handrail is structured so that when the handrail is grasped, fingers are placed on any one of the first finger rest portion, the second finger rest portion, or the third finger rest portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Mutsumi Iyoda
  • Patent number: 9138056
    Abstract: A home appliance having a door which may be opened and closed, and more particularly, a home appliance to assist a user in easily opening or closing a door is disclosed. The home appliance includes a cabinet having a chamber in which an object is received or retrieved, a door to open or close the chamber, and a handle assembly to be rotated relative to the door during opening or closing of the door, wherein rotation of the handle assembly causes the door to be rotated about a door rotating axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hongsik Kwon, Youngwoo Kim, Seonil Yu
  • Patent number: 9033296
    Abstract: The multi-purpose drapery rod assembly uses unique rod and bracket construction to provide a superior platform for both single and layered drapery. A single-drapery rod cooperates with bracket to attach to surfaces at nearly any angle, and is easily converted to either a Type 1 dual-drapery rod which layers accent drapery to the side and in front of primary drapery without a view-obstructing front rod, or to a Type 2 dual-drapery rod which layers fully-drawable primary drapery in front and to the sides of secondary drapery. Types 1 and 2 are easily converted to the other due to modular construction. Both display drapery from the back, front, and along the sides by connecting the back and front with curved sections between them. The assembly can also be motorized, connecting to an existing traverse rod and converting to a dual-drapery rod when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Jeniece Mayhugh Richards, Clinton Henry Richards
  • Publication number: 20150122961
    Abstract: A sponge holder includes a mount that has a mounting fixture and at least one mounting connector. The mounting connector is configured to fix the mount to a surface. The sponge holder further includes a suspension arm extending from the mounting fixture, and a connector disposed at a distal end of the suspension arm. The sponge includes an adapter, and the adapter is configured to connect with the connector of the sponge holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Stan Batiste, Maryann Batiste, Steven Achstein
  • Publication number: 20150108308
    Abstract: A mounting driver for undermounting a sink to a support surface includes a support bar shaped and dimensioned for positioning between an underside of the sink and a wall of a cabinet at an angular orientation relative to the wall. The support bar includes a first end and a second end. The mounting driver also includes a mounting bracket shaped and dimensioned for fixed attachment to the wall of the cabinet, the mounting bracket including a recess shaped and dimensioned to receive the second end of support bar. With the first end of the support bar pressed against the underside of the sink, the second end of the support bar is secured within the mounting bracket rigidly secured to the wall of the cabinet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Dow Blaine
  • 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: 9004429
    Abstract: A mounting device for installing a track for a curtain or blind has an engagement portion for cooperation with the track by a snap-type engagement. A resiliently deformable release means has a tongue portion (29) that has a free end that is positioned in a cavity of the track when the engagement portions are fully mutually engaged and a connected end that is connected to the mounting portion and spaced from the free end and that is positioned externally of the cavity of the track when the engagement portions are fully mutually engaged. The tongue portion (29) has an abutment face (33) disposed for assisting with prising apart the mounting device and the track by turning a tool, simultaneous with the operation of the tool against the tongue portion. The abutment face is opposed to and spaced from the track in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: MCP New Zealand Limited
    Inventor: Roger F. Dennison
  • Patent number: 8960621
    Abstract: A slide lock to releasably secure a roller blind fascia to the end plate of a roller blind. The slide lock comprises a lock body slidably received along an interior surface of the fascia. The lock body has an engaged position, where the lock releasably secures the fascia to the roller blind end plate, and has a disengaged position, where the lock releases the fascia from the end plate to permit the fascia to be removed therefrom. The lock body includes a flexibly resilient leg member that releasably engages between the fascia and the roller blind end plate. The leg member includes a deflection zone such that when the leg member engages between the fascia and the roller blind end plate at least a portion of the leg member is compressed or deflected about the deflection zone to releasably secure the lock body between the roller blind end plate and the fascia, thereby releasably securing the fascia to the end plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: ZMC Metal Coating Inc.
    Inventor: Norman Wills
  • Publication number: 20150027015
    Abstract: A jersey hanger assembly is described. The jersey hanger assembly allows homes, businesses, schools, or other buildings to display an athletic jersey as a symbol of team pride or of support for an athletic team or an individual player on the team. The jersey hanger assembly includes a bracket member. The bracket member includes a receiving member. The jersey hanger assembly includes a pole with first and second opposing ends. The second pole end is insertable into the receiving member. The pole has a curved shape between the first and second opposing ends. A jersey flag for hanging on the jersey hanger is described. The jersey flag is material of a fabric cut or shaped to resemble an athletic jersey. The material includes a team logo or insignia. A sleeve or an open seam in positioned in the upper portion of the jersey flag to receive the pole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph W. Anderson, Daniel G. Sprague
  • Publication number: 20150014505
    Abstract: A hardware assembly is provided with a base for mounting to a support surface, the base having a longitudinal axis. A receiving member extends outwardly from the base along the longitudinal axis, the receiving member having an aperture. A hardware component is mounted to the receiving member in a plane that includes the longitudinal axis. According to at least one embodiment, an accessory may be removably received within the receiving member aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: LIBERTY HARDWARE MFG.CORP.
    Inventors: Neil Edwards, Helli McDaniel, Laura Hawkins, Geraint Krumpe, William Spencer
  • Publication number: 20140333017
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for protecting a dock comprising a Rod Receiver (100) having a at least one Rod Receptacle (115) with each of the at least one Rod Receptacle (115) having a Receptacle Slot (125) having a height ‘dH’ with a Rod Stop Slot (130) adjacently below the Receptacle Slot (125) and having a Wall (135) with a height ‘dS’ between the Rod Stop Slot (130) and a Rod Incline Rail (140), and a Rod Holder (200) having at least one Rod (215) with the at least one Rod (215) having a diameter ‘dR’ which is less than the Receptacle Slot (125) height ‘dH’.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Peter Azof
  • Publication number: 20140319299
    Abstract: A fastening apparatus for a component on a motor vehicle, in particular for a receiving aerial for a tire control device, including a receptacle for the receiving aerial and a holder for fastening the receptacle to the motor vehicle in the vicinity of the wheel, the holder which is connected to the receptacle having an attachment part, via which the holder can be fastened to a vehicle-side screw connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Michael Baum, Achim Deuschle
  • Patent number: 8851435
    Abstract: A curtain rod assembly comprises a set of telescoping tubes running between brackets and a locking assembly for setting the length of the telescoped tubes. The locking assembly comprises a screw body, attached to the end of the smaller inner tube, which has a tapered screw along which a captive expansible sleeve moves. The sleeve may be a split cylinder with spring elements running across the gap of the split. When the tubes are twisted relative to each other, the sleeve moves lengthwise along the tapered screw and expands radially outwardly to lock the assembly; and simultaneously with the locking action there is a desirable small change in the length of the tube assembly. The screw body is reversible within the tube assembly, so the rod assembly can be used in applications where the rod both pulls inwardly on, or pushes outwardly against, a window frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Kenney Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Richard M. Bastien, Michael P. Hanley
  • Patent number: 8684319
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a wall mount bracket that supports a cable tray in a cable routing system. The wall mount bracket includes a back wall and a sidewall. The back wall has a top, a bottom, sides and mounting holes positioned therebetween. The sidewall extends outwardly from one side of the back wall. The longitudinal wires of the cable tray are positioned on the sidewall of the wall mount bracket. The sidewall also has a distal end with an engaging member that receives a bottom longitudinal wire of the sidewall of the cable tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Shaun P. Brouwer, David R. Davis, Dennis J. Waszak, Samuel C. Ramey, Scott R. Hartman, Robert Nicoli
  • Publication number: 20140083354
    Abstract: A rod-bed assembly has a holder (30) with a groove (31) into which an insert (20) is removably and insertably supported. The assembly has a rod (10) which is rotatably supported in a recess (21) on the front side of the insert (20). The material thickness (T) of the cross-section of the insert (20) is between 1-5 mm. The invention also relates to a rod -rod-bed assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: METSO PAPER, INC.
    Inventors: Timo S. Lintula, Arto Karusalmi, Ari-Pekka Kautto, Sami Kuparinen
  • Patent number: 8671545
    Abstract: One customizable utility rod assembly includes a wall attachment member; a base rod; and a cross rod, hook, towel ring, shelving rod, or toilet paper rod extending from the base rod. The wall attachment member has threading and at least one hole. The base rod has a distal side and a threaded proximal side threadably coupling the base rod to the wall attachment member. A method of customizing a utility rod having: (a) a threaded wall attachment member with a hole, and (b) a base rod presenting a distal side and a threaded proximal side forming a cavity, includes the following steps. Step (1): securing the wall attachment member to a surface with a fastener extending through the hole. Step (2): threadably coupling the base rod proximal side to the wall attachment member such that the wall attachment member is at least partially enclosed within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Nifty Nob, Inc.
    Inventor: Susan C. Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20130341474
    Abstract: A window rod assembly includes a support rod extending between first and second arms, the support rod including first and second rod portions, wherein the first rod portion is configured to slideably engage the second rod portion; a fastener for maintaining a fixed spatial relationship between the first and second rod portions; a force adjuster positioned in one of the first and second rod portions; a first end bracket coupled to the first arm, the first end bracket including a first part configured to be positioned adjacent to a first interior surface of an opening; and a second end bracket coupled to the second arm, the second end bracket including a first part configured to be positioned adjacent to a second interior surface of the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: Maytex Mills, Inc.
    Inventor: David Baines
  • Publication number: 20130283724
    Abstract: A dowel bracket is used for concrete wall or masonry wall construction. A rebar support bracket includes an elongated vertical member. The elongated vertical member has a first edge and an opposing second edge, where the first edge defines recesses. The rebar support bracket further includes a horizontal member projecting perpendicularly at a lower end of the elongated vertical member making an angled portion. The horizontal member has a planar surface that defines at least one mounting aperture provided to mount the rebar support bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: James Scot LINDQUIST
  • Patent number: 8556224
    Abstract: A bar that is to be attached to a wall includes two stanchions, each stanchion supporting a portion of an elongated piece that extends from one stanchion to the other. A supporting connector having a lower portion attaches to and extends upwardly from each of the stanchions and a portion above the lower portion. A horizontal support extends horizontally from the portion above the lower portion of the connector between the stanchions and is disposed a distance D1 above each the stanchion. And, an adhesive is disposed beneath and attaches to the horizontal support and extends along a length thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Liberty Hardware Mfg. Corp.
    Inventors: Semen Kharchenko, William H. Spencer, Jr., Helli Marie McDaniel, Michael Glenn Geels, Jigui Li, Hyun Moon
  • Patent number: 8523126
    Abstract: Wall mountable accessory assemblies suitable to be mounted in a bathroom are disclosed. As an example, there is a grab bar assembly that has at least one mounting bracket, a grab bar, and a set screw. The bracket includes a rearward portion mountable to the wall and a frontal portion having a first recess which is forwardly open. The bracket also has a side catch groove structure. A projection on the grab bar is laterally slid into the catch groove structure and interfit therewith. The screw is inserted in the first recess so as to thereby drive a portion of the grab bar forward, inhibiting relative movement between the grab bar and the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Clayton C. Garrels, Thomas M. Spankowski
  • Publication number: 20130187018
    Abstract: A bracket assembly for holding an article has a base having a rod receiving section that receives a rod assembly including a rod to which an article can be hung. The rod receiving section includes a hollow housing in which a spring and actuator are disposed. A sidewall of the housing has an opening including opposed slots that extend upwardly and away from each other from a junction where lower ends of the slots meet. An inner section of the rod assembly extends through the opening in the sidewall of the housing and is secured to the actuator. Upon the rod deflecting in response to wind loading of the article, the inner section of the rod assembly moves upwardly in one of the slots and translates the actuator upwardly compressing the spring. The compressed spring urges the actuator downwardly to return the actuator to a neutral position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventors: Randy L. Canfield, Rick Flees, Fred Sorensen
  • Patent number: 8474632
    Abstract: A caddy for use in bathrooms is disclosed. The caddy can include removable shelf assemblies and/or accessory units for holding common household items. The removable shelf accessories can include knobs which can be turned to secure and free the shelf assemblies from a support member of the caddy. The accessory units can snap into place on the support member. The support member can include a telescoping section and biasing element which permits the caddy to adjust to different sized bathrooms. A sliding member can be incorporated to provide additional areas for attachment of shelf assemblies or accessory units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Joseph Sandor
  • Patent number: 8474770
    Abstract: A wall mounting bracket assists in mounting equipment to a wall. The wall mounting bracket includes a plate, a post, and a sliding nut. At least a portion of the post extends outwardly from the surface of the plate. The plate is coupled to a stud or other mounting device positioned within the wall behind the sheetrock. The post includes an equipment mounting section and a spacer. The spacer is positioned between the equipment mounting section and the plate and accommodates different wall thicknesses. The bottom surface of the sliding nut is slidably and securely positionable along the top surface of the equipment mounting section. Different types of wall-mounted equipment is coupled to the sliding nut and the equipment mounting section of the wall mounting bracket. Use of the wall mounting bracket allows the equipment to be mounted to the wall without an exposed flange and preserve structural integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Ann Marie Reo, Chantal Louise Pittman, Brian Scott Jalufka
  • Patent number: 8459600
    Abstract: A trestle stabilizing device is provided for a model track assembly having support apparatuses or trestles for elevating track sections. The device includes a base including a first end section and a second end section. A first fastening member is connected to the first end section. A second fastening member is connected to the second end section. The first and second fastening members releasably secure the device to the track support apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Robert J. Tarr
  • Patent number: 8387931
    Abstract: A grab bar is attached to a wall of a shower enclosure with at least one anchor assembly. When installed, a grab bar mount flange covers the anchor assembly from view. The anchor assembly includes a flange collar with a collar bore and a jackscrew that is received within the collar bore. The flange collar is installed within an opening formed within the wall of the shower enclosure. A position of the jackscrew can be adjusted without having to remove the flange collar from the wall. Once properly adjusted, a fastener is inserted through the grab bar mount flange, flange collar, and jackscrew for securement to a wall structure behind the shower enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Liberty Hardware Mfg. Corp.
    Inventor: Earl David Forrest
  • Patent number: 8382051
    Abstract: A wall-mounted bathroom accessory support assembly for supporting a bathroom accessory and adapted to be affixed to a bathroom wallboard. The support assembly includes: a mounting bracket; a fastener assembly adapted to affix the mounting bracket to a wallboard; and an accessory post assembly including an accessory post and a post adapter permanently affixed to the accessory post. The accessory post includes a wall defining a central body and a distal portion configured to support a bathroom accessory. The accessory post wall defines an open interior region and an access opening extending through the wall. The post adapter is disposed within the interior region of the accessory post wall and including an axially extending pedestal that includes a cantilevered flange. The mounting bracket includes a catch mechanism. The post adapter cantilevered flange engages the catch mechanism to releasably secure the accessory post assembly to the mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Waxman Consumer Products Group Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew S. Smith
  • Publication number: 20120286117
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the invention is method and apparatus for installing a railing system. In one embodiment, a bracket for mounting a rail to a support surface includes a first surface, a second surface positioned in a substantially parallel orientation relative to the first surface, and a third surface connecting the first surface and the second surface, where at least one of the first surface or the second surface has a perimeter that is at least partially curved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventor: STEVEN J. LEARY
  • Patent number: 8297576
    Abstract: A fixture mounting bracket assembly is strong, easy to install, self-leveling, adjustable in multiple directions, and removable so that it results in little or no visible damage when removed from the wall. The fixture mounting bracket assembly includes a base assembly, an elbow, and a fixture support assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: McLeod Nine
    Inventor: Sebastian C. McLeod
  • Publication number: 20120267495
    Abstract: A system for holding an optical rod, contains an optical mount having a hole traversing throughout a body of the optical mount, wherein the optical mount is a c-shaped collar clamp. The system also contains an optical rod having a circumferential area and a split sleeve encompassing the optical rod circumferential area for at least a portion of the axial length of the optical rod. The split sleeve and optical rod are inserted within the optical mount hole, and the split sleeve contains an inner surface and an outer surface, where material of the split sleeve does not conform intimately with the optical rod so as to maintain total internal reflection conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: EXCELITAS TECHNOLOGIES LED SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Olma, Kenneth Rietveld, Jamie Swayne
  • Patent number: 8255796
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a method that efficiently designs a document. The method initially provides the user with a selection of templates, each with a default configuration for content. After the user selects a template, the method provides the user with a selection of page designs to add to the selected template. When the user selects one of the page designs, the method adds the page design to a document that it presents to the user based on the selected template. Some embodiments provide methods for modifying default content of template documents that have several default text fields. When a user selects a default text field, the method of some embodiments selects the entire default text field for immediate editing by the user. In some embodiments, the method highlights a text field selected by the user. Also, in some embodiments, the method deletes the entire default content of the text field when the user provides new content for the selected field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Rosner, Richard Cave, Chris Rudolph, Jay Capela
  • Patent number: 8231093
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a bracket for mounting a rod to a surface has a surface-mounting portion and a rod-attachment portion. The surface-mounting portion provides an interface between the bracket and the surface, and attaches to the surface using suitable fasteners such as screws or nails. The rod-attachment portion has an aperture formed therein that accepts a threaded fastener used to attach a finial to the end of the rod. The aperture has a dimension that is smaller than a diameter of the rod, and at least as large as a diameter of the fastener. In one exemplary method of using the bracket, the fastener, attached to the finial, is fed through the aperture into a socket in the rod. The finial is then rotated thereby coupling the finial to the rod until the rod-attachment portion is secured between the rod and the finial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Phillip Tran
  • Publication number: 20120187063
    Abstract: A mounting assembly is used to mount a curved rod to a mounting surface. The mounting assembly includes a base, a guide and a cover. The base is fixed to the mounting surface by inserting screws through holes in the base and into the mounting surface. The guide fits around the base and can move along a length of the base. The cover is placed over the base and secured to the guide, such that the cover can also move along the length of the base. The mounting assembly interfaces with an end of the curved rod that approaches the mounting assembly at a given angle. Movement of the cover allows the mounting assembly to interface with ends of curved rods approaching the mounting assembly over a range of angles. The mounting assembly can include a shaft that is connected to the base and interfaces with the end of the curved rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: MOEN INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Alan M. Bauer
  • Publication number: 20120175330
    Abstract: A rod holder that for supporting a hanger rod in a shelving system. The hanger rod holder includes at least two materials, with a central plate that may be made of metal that may be substantially encapsulated in molded plastic. The hanger rod holder is mounted to a shelf bracket, and may be used with either solid or wire shelving systems. The low end of the holder engages a hanger rod, and may be configured to resiliently cradle the rod, with the rod being held in place in the holder by spreading the resilient ends of a C-shaped opening in the lower end of the holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: RUBBERMAID, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Nicholls, David M. Stitchick, Robert John Warner, JR.
  • Patent number: 8201789
    Abstract: A blind support for installation of a blind rail. The blind support includes a main support body and an engagement member. The main support body has two horizontal support boards and a vertical support board connected between the horizontal support boards to form a support body with an open side. The blind rail can be placed into the main support body through the open side thereof and supported by the main support body. The engagement member has horizontally extending abutment sections that can be slidably received slide channels of the main support body. Each abutment section has a key body projecting therefrom. The key bodies are engageable in engagement holes formed on the main support body to block the open side thereof and enclose and support the blind rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: Tser Wen Chou
  • Publication number: 20120145661
    Abstract: According to various aspects of the present disclosure, exemplary embodiments are disclosed of systems and methods for supporting hang rods and shelves from support surfaces, such as the walls of a closet or cabinet. In an exemplary embodiment, a system generally includes a pair of end brackets and a plurality of different pairs of interchangeable pieces configured to be selectively coupled to the pair of end brackets. Each pair of interchangeable pieces when selectively coupled to the end brackets, respectively, is operable for supporting a different hang rod from the support surface when the end brackets are coupled to the support surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: CLAIRSON, INC.
    Inventors: Julio A. Fernandez, Robert P. Kundinger, JR.