Shade Roller Type Patents (Class 248/266)
  • Patent number: 10781632
    Abstract: A pair of shade brackets and a diverter are provided for diverting a shade material of a roller shade to a fixed drop down position. The pair of mounting brackets are adapted to secure to a structure and retain the roller shade therebetween. Each mounting bracket comprises a diverter retaining portion. The diverter comprises a diverter roller and a pair of bearings disposed on two opposite ends of the diverter roller. The diverter is removably retained between the pair of mounting brackets such that each bearing is engaged by a respective diverter retaining portion and the diverter roller is adapted to freely rotate via the bearings. As the shade material is raised or lowered, the diverter roller rolls on the shade material via the bearings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Campagna
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8714500
    Abstract: There is disclosed an improved support bracket for mounting a clutch of a roller blind. The clutch of roller blind used with this improved bracket is the type having at least one projecting pin. The support bracket includes a bracket housing having a flat wall with at least one aperture configured to receive the projecting pin such that the pin passes through the aperture and extends past the flat wall. The aperture is configured to permit the pin to slide up and down inside the aperture between a first and second position when the pin is positioned in the aperture. The bracket also includes a spring lock member mounted to the flat wall adjacent the aperture, the spring lock positioned to partially obstruct the aperture. The spring lock member is configured such that when the pin is inserted into the aperture the spring lock is deflected out of the way to permit the pin to be inserted into the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventors: Philip Ng, Norman Wills
  • Patent number: 8596594
    Abstract: A compression mount assembly is provided for securing a window covering to a window frame by compression forces between vertical sides of the window frame on opposite sides of the window. A housing is coupled to the window covering and a slide translates linearly within a cavity in the housing away from the housing to abut the side of the window frame. A driver, such as a spring, is located between the slide and the housing to urge the slide away from the housing. A trigger is provided which holds the slide adjacent the housing, until the trigger is activated by pushing a button to release the slide from the housing and allow the slide to translate away from the housing. A fixed end cap is provided for an end of the window covering opposite the compression mount assembly and for abutting against an opposite side of the window frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Shades Unlimited, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry L. Shevick
  • Patent number: 8505865
    Abstract: An end bracket plate for a roller blind. The end bracket plate is releasably securable to the end bracket of the roller blind and releasably securable to the end panel of a head box enclosure. The plate includes one or more outwardly extending flanges which are receivable within one or more openings in the end panel of the head box such that when received within the openings in the end panel the one or more flanges hang the plate and the roller blind secured thereto within the head box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventors: Norman Wills, Philip Ng
  • Publication number: 20120193042
    Abstract: A mounting system for an architectural covering including a pair of mounting brackets, a roller operably connected to each of the mounting brackets, and an end plug at least partially received within the roller and operably connected to one of the mounting brackets. The end plug selectively transitions between an extended position and a retracted position and includes a sleeve, a plunger received within the sleeve, and a spring at least partially received within the plunger for biasing the plunger away from the sleeve. The plunger includes a center or body section and at least two radially spaced tongues extending from a first end of the center section. In the extended position a first portion of the plunger projects from the sleeve and in the retracted position at least a portion of the first portion of the plunger is received within the sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: Hunter Douglas Industries BV
    Inventors: Lars Koop, Jorg Bohlen
  • Patent number: 8122932
    Abstract: The present application pertains to a system for adjusting the height of a covering, such as window or a wall covering formed of two or more covering segments that are axially aligned. The system includes a link that selectively transmits rotation between two adjacent coverage thereby allowing the two coverings to be controlled, e.g., raised or lowered, simultaneously. The link includes a clutch that allows one of the segments to be rotated with respect to the other so that the bottom end of one of the coverings can be adjusted and aligned horizontally independently of the other. Optionally, the clutch includes an internal member that provides a mechanical advantage while the one covering is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: RollEase, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Cannaverde
  • Patent number: 8069898
    Abstract: In a curtain assembly with a bracket, a guide apparatus includes a guide with a surface alignment tab and a bracket connector, for removable connection with a bracket, connected with the surface alignment tab. A first exit guide and a second exit guide locate a curtain within an opening front to back while the guide locates the curtain assembly within an opening side to side and front to back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Homerun Holdings Corp.
    Inventors: Willis Jay Mullet, Christopher Lee Wysoczynski, Richard Scott Hand, Darrin W. Brunt
  • Patent number: 7854419
    Abstract: The present invention is an adjustable mounting bracket for mounting a roller blind to a surface such that the roller blind can be quickly leveled. The bracket includes first and second plates, the first plate having apertures to permit the first plate to be mounted to the surface. The second plate has a mounting fixture formed thereon for mounting to the roller blind. To permit the second plate to move relative to the first plate, the second plate is provided with an elongated groove formed thereon, the second plate being movably mounted to the first member by a mounting element fixed to the first plate and passing through the groove. The mounting element and groove are dimensioned and configured to permit the second plate to slide between a first and a second position. The position of the second plate relative to the first plate is adjusted by an adjustable moving mechanism which is configured to precisely position the second plate between its first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Inventors: Philip Ng, Norman Wills
  • Patent number: 7823620
    Abstract: A roller shade mounting system provides a tube-in-tube arrangement for reducing sagging of a roller tube windingly supporting a shade fabric. The mounting system includes a mounting tube received within a roller tube, and first and second annular drive rings located on an outer surface of the mounting tube. The drive rings are secured to the mounting tube and the roller tube secured to the drive rings such that rotation of the mounting tube results in rotation of the roller tube. Each drive ring is located at a distance from an end of the roller tube for limiting sagging deflection of the roller tube. The tube-in-tube arrangement provided by the mounting system provides controlled deflection for the roller tube without necessitating undesirably large increase in the diameter of the roller tube, which could create an undesirable appearance in many roller shade installations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventor: David A. Kirby
  • Patent number: 7530543
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a central support shaft that has an elongated shape provided with axially opposed ends. Rectilinear legs have opposed ends conjoined to the bottom support shaft end and extending outwardly therefrom at an oblique angle. The legs are pivotal between compressed and expanded positions. Auxiliary support shafts have elongated shapes provided with opposed medial and lateral ends. The auxiliary shafts are pivotally conjoined to the brackets and pivotal about the medial ends, such that the auxiliary shafts can be independently biased between vertical and horizontal positions. Brackets are attached to the central support shaft and spaced along a longitudinal length thereof. Clamps are positional along the auxiliary shafts. Each clamp is adaptable between open and closed positions for releasing and gripping the window blind. The window blind is centrally registered between the auxiliary support shafts during cleaning operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Inventor: Carl M. Kremzar
  • Patent number: 7367537
    Abstract: In a color-image pickup device, light is decomposed by R filters, G filters, B filters, and an infrared blocking film into R, G, and B components, and photoelectric conversion elements arranged in a light-reception area receive the R, G, and B components, and output R, G, and B picture signals. The relative reduction in the intensity of the R picture signal, which increases with the incident angle of the R component, is compensated for by relatively increasing the transmittance of the R component or the gain of the R picture signal, or setting light-reception efficiencies at the respective photoelectric conversion elements so as to relatively increase the light-reception efficiency of the R component, with an increase in the distance from the center of the light-reception area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Ibe
  • Patent number: 7267311
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bracket for a roller blind, for the fitting of a roller blind to a surface. The bracket comprises a clip (220, 260) and a base part (200, 240), the said clip and the said base part being of a design that permits them to be assembled and disassembled without the use of tools, and when assembled prevents them from coming apart, by means of snap lock mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: Odin AG
    Inventor: Claes Jung
  • Patent number: 7013946
    Abstract: The invention relates to a roller blind, particularly a window roller blind, for motor vehicles, with a winding shaft, a mounting arrangement for mounting the winding shaft with variable alignment, a blind which is windable up on the winding shaft, and in the region of each end of the winding shaft a respective spring means arrangeable stationary with respect to the motor vehicle and engaging in the region of the respective winding shaft end for automatic alignment of the winding shaft 6. The mounting arrangement in the region of each spring means has a moveable bearing for moveably mounting the respective winding shaft end in a direction substantially parallel to the pulling direction of the blind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: REUM Protec GmbH
    Inventors: Gernot Beck, Winfried Kubesch, Jürgen Lange, Hermann Pauley
  • Patent number: 6902141
    Abstract: A roller shade mounting system includes a pair of assemblies for limiting sagging in a roller shade tube. The assembly includes a single bearing supported by a shaft to position the bearing at a distance from an end of the tube. Alternatively, the assembly includes a bearing pair supported by a shaft to define spaced support points for applying a reaction moment the roller tube. The assembly further includes an attachment member secured to the shaft at a first end and to the structure at an opposite second end, either directly, or to a mounting bracket secured to the structure. The mounting assembly may further include a deflection adjustment member engaging the attachment member and a fixed support member to provide variable control of roller tube deflection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: David A. Kirby
  • Publication number: 20040134628
    Abstract: A window covering system has a bracket rail with an elongated L-shaped body that extends across substantially the full width of a window. A plurality off brackets are attached to a headrail of a window covering and releasably attach the headrail to the bracket rail. Preferably, the brackets have a tab which engages the front edge of the bracket rail and an inverted U-shaped spring that engages the bottom edge of the bracket rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Publication date: July 15, 2004
    Inventor: Ren Judkins
  • Publication number: 20040129849
    Abstract: A roller shade mounting bracket assembly includes a first bracket securable to a fixed support member. A landing board having a printed circuit board is secured to the first bracket. The landing board preferably includes a connector mounted to the circuit board for attachment of a wiring harness of a roller shade motor unit. Projecting standoffs may be included to space the landing board from a base plate of the first bracket. A second bracket includes a first portion adapted for attachment to the first bracket, the first portion preferably including an access opening accommodating the landing board. The second bracket further includes a second portion having openings for attachment of a shade roller. The second bracket may include hooked members engaging support members secured to the first bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2003
    Publication date: July 8, 2004
    Inventors: Mark A. Walker, Jason Scott Gottschall, Joseph M. Nichols, Frank Guntz
  • Publication number: 20040129850
    Abstract: A roller shade mounting system includes a pair of assemblies for limiting sagging in a roller shade tube. The assembly includes a single bearing supported by a shaft to position the bearing at a distance from an end of the tube. Alternatively, the assembly includes a bearing pair supported by a shaft to define spaced support points for applying a reaction moment the roller tube. The assembly further includes an attachment member secured to the shaft at a first end and to the structure at an opposite second end, either directly, or to a mounting bracket secured to the structure. The mounting assembly may further include a deflection adjustment member engaging the attachment member and a fixed support member to provide variable control of roller tube deflection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2003
    Publication date: July 8, 2004
    Inventor: David A. Kirby
  • Patent number: 6550733
    Abstract: A support for a window screening device includes a first pair of bracket members (6) for mounting on each of a pair of opposed parallel frame surfaces (2) engageable by the screening device. Each bracket member includes a relatively flat front part protruding from the frame surface and having a substantially smooth external surface, and the engaging mechanism (11-12; 111-112; 33-34) is provided by each coupling member (7; 107; 207; 307; 36) and includes a first engaging mechanism in the form of at least one contact surface on the coupling member engaging a circumferential surface part of a bracket member to provide temporary engagement therewith and non-resilient second engaging mechanism providing stable engagement of the coupling member with respect to the frame structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: VKR Holding A/S
    Inventors: Gert Godvig Lassen, Carsten Brønnum Grinvalds
  • Patent number: 6457688
    Abstract: An end cap and mounting support combination comprising an end cap (11, 111, 211, 311, 411) disengagably engagable with a support bracket (3) and one of the end cap and the support bracket being provided with: a laterally open slot (20, 120, 220, 320, 420) for accommodating an axially extending protuberance (21) on the other of the end cap and the support bracket; and closing means to prevent the protuberance from escaping from the laterally open slot; wherein the closing means comprises a rotatable locking collar (19, 119, 219, 319, 419) surrounding the laterally open slot and having a circumferential entrance opening (23, 123, 223, 323, 423) which can be aligned with the laterally open slot by rotation of the locking collar relative to the laterally open slot from a closed position to an open position, thereby selectively providing access to the laterally open slot through the circumferential entrance opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Industries B.V.
    Inventor: Konrad Welfonder
  • Patent number: 6390428
    Abstract: There is provided a tube core for a stencil sheet roll, and holders fitted to the tube core, which are simple in construction and low in cost, and capable of preventing the roll from being erroneously mounted in an irrelevant machine without fail. The tube core for the stencil sheet roll (R) has two ends in which the holders (H, H″) are installed. The holders have a guide plate (21) and a projection (22, 23) projecting therefrom. The tube core has openings (14, 16) at,the ends into which the projections (22, 23) are inserted. The openings are different in inner dimension from each other such that the projections different in dimension from each other are fitted therein respectively. The tube core is formed of a first tube (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Riso Kagaku Corporation
    Inventor: Kenji Oshima
  • Patent number: 6347775
    Abstract: On the edge of an opening for a motor-driven window glass of a vehicle, a hook is arranged on which the free end of a window shade can be latched. In order to activate a pinch protection, even in the most unfavorable case, a slide is provided which can be moved within limits in movement direction of the window glass and which triggers the pinch protection upon a movement to the edge of the window opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2002
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Andreas Edlinger
  • Patent number: 6336616
    Abstract: A movable projection screen hanger with steadfast clips is provided where the upper surface and inward side surface of the hanger are each respectively provided with a sliding rail. Each steadfast clip is secured to a preferred position on a wall. Each steadfast clip is composed by a main body and a pulling button. On the bottom end and near the central position of the inner side surface of the main body a hook block and a reinforcing block are respectively provided to respectively engage the sliding rail on the inward side surface of the hanger and to act as a stop against side surface of the hanger. A pair of catching flanges are formed on the bottom of the pulling button to engage the sliding rail on the upper surface of the hanger, so that each steadfast clip on a wall firmly secures the hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2002
    Assignee: Peace Ship International Enterprises Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hsin-Fu Lin
  • Patent number: 6283427
    Abstract: A supporting mechanism for a window screening device comprises a first pair of bracket members for mounting on each of a pair of opposed parallel frame surfaces of the frame structure and a second pair of coupling members engageable by the screening device. Each bracket member and each coupling member comprises an engaging mechanism for releasable sliding engagement of a coupling member with a bracket member. Each bracket member or each coupling member is provided with a resilient mechanism engageable with an abutment of a coupling member or a bracket member to retain the bracket member and the coupling member in mutual engagement. The bracket members are identical standard members each comprising a relatively flat front part protruding from said frame surface and having a substantially smooth external surface and engaging mechanism formed by a pair of opposed parallel side edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: VKR Holding A/S
    Inventors: Brent Møller, Torben Holst Nielsen, Carsten Brønnum Grinvalds, Gert Godvig Lassen
  • Publication number: 20010013397
    Abstract: Header to support one end of a rewind roll and to close off at least one end of the casing, used particularly for fly screens, and that includes:
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2001
    Publication date: August 16, 2001
    Applicant: BETTIO GROUP SRL
    Inventors: Denis Bettio, Loris Bettio
  • Publication number: 20010010350
    Abstract: The device according to the present invention for connection between a roller shaft support and at least one slideway for laterally holding a shade body of a closure or solar protection installation, comprises at least one connection tab adapted to engage, on the one hand, with the slideway and, on the other hand, with the support. It is characterized in that it comprises an elastic member for locking the tab with the support by cooperation of shapes, this member comprising at least an elastically deformable first tongue equipped with a first beak adapted to clip against a surface of the tab and at least an elastically deformable second tongue equipped with a second beak adapted to clip against a surface of the support. This elastic member is adapted to form a stop against the displacement of the connection tab with respect to the support in a sense of separation of the tab with respect to the support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2001
    Publication date: August 2, 2001
    Inventor: Rino Cattaneo
  • Patent number: 5462105
    Abstract: A variety of methods and devices providing for the angular and lateral adjustment of some types window shades is disclosed. As window openings often reveal a variety of geometric irregularities, several window covering systems, particularly roller type window shades, exhibit poor geometric fit within window openings. The present invention provides for variety of angular and lateral adjustments of shades in order to correct various defects of fit of those shades within window openings by controlling external and internal gaps relevant to the rolling process of the shade.One method disclosed, referred to as Procedure A, involves the reversal of the roller actuating mechanism from one side of the roller to the opposite end in a Hunter Douglas Silhouette shade. This reversal alters system of forces and moments acting on the shade assembly and brings desirable modifications in both lateral and angular position of the shade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1995
    Inventor: Janusz Supernak
  • Patent number: 5230494
    Abstract: A pair of mounting brackets are disclosed which are readily removably but securely attach to any window for purposes of mounting a variety of window treatments in an aesthetic manner. The mounting brackets are attached to the window by a plurality of suction cups. Each bracket is comprised of a base plate and an elongated mounting element oriented substantially perpendicular to the base plate. The mounting element is adapted to receive one of a shade and a curtain rod substantially above the window and outside of the periphery of the window. When in a closed position the window treatment blocks any significant light or air draft from being transmitted from the exterior of the building to the interior of the building. A connecting portion having a configuration which conforms to the window frame is provided between the base plate and the mounting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1993
    Assignee: Adams Mfg. Co.
    Inventor: William E. Adams
  • Patent number: 4762162
    Abstract: When the windows of an old house are being replaced with new window units, and when the windows of a modern house are covered by inside storm windows, the roll up window shades are able to be used by means of a pair of elongated, brackets of thin sheet material which are affixed horizontally to the upper portion of the inside walls of the window frame. Each bracket is bent to form a shoulder and may be covered by a vertical trim piece or side stop so that only the shade supports project into the room with their respective gudgeon hole and spear slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1988
    Inventor: Frank S. Chochrek
  • Patent number: 4572467
    Abstract: A mounting bracket for roller shade has two planar mounting portions joined at right angles to each other and a third portion perforated for receiving the end pin of a shade roller attached to one of the mounting portions in parallel relationship thereto but offset therefrom in the direction of the other mounting portion, each of the mounting portions being perforated for receiving mounting fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1986
    Inventor: Regis Farrell
  • Patent number: 4205816
    Abstract: The present new invention relates to a "L" shape curtain holder which has a device of adjustable length at both sides, and which can be installed at the upper end of a window of any size with the up-side or the side of the holder. Within the holder there is a roller which can bring the curtain up and down by its attached rope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1980
    Inventor: Ching-Leei Yu