Article Clasping Patents (Class 248/305)
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8985538
    Abstract: The present invention provides an elongated segmented binding cord (SBC) for reversibly housing and securing goods to their predetermined location; said SBC is characterized by a main longitudinal axis (MLA), comprising: a. a plurality of N interlockable segments; b. abutments provided at least one first end, and at least one second opposite end of the SBC; each of said abutments is adapted to at least reversibly attach said predetermined location; wherein by attaching said at least two abutments to their location, said SBC is reversibly transformed from at least two opposite states: LOOSE (non-arched) configuration and a TIGHTENED (arched) configuration, such that said goods are at least partially housed in a secured manner within the arched SBC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Uri Rapoport
  • Publication number: 20140097217
    Abstract: A tool holding device is disclosed that securely but removeably holds tools such as cordless drills and nail guns to a tool user by means of a hook and or lanyard. The device is comprised of a belt mounted holder, a mechanical fastening device that is fastened to the handle of a tool, and a J-shaped hook that removeably attaches on one end to the handle mounted mechanical fastening device and on the other end to a belt mounted holder. This invention allows the tool user to securely hold their tools to themselves without endangering those working near by. The belt mounted holder provides a spring biased structure to secure itself to a belt or clothing as well as structure to securely receive one end of the J-shaped hook which can be removeably attached to the handle of a tool by the handle mounted mechanical fastening device attached to the other end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventor: Sean Michael Walsh
  • Patent number: 8534626
    Abstract: A dual-configuration hanger for hanging an article from either the handle of a carrier device such as a shopping cart or a stroller, or from a horizontal table surface such as a public diaper-changing table, and a method of using the hanger. A pivot-and-locking assembly joins the proximate ends pair of hook-like curved arms each also having a distal end. The arms pivot between a locked-closed configuration in which the distal ends are in contact with or in close proximity to each other so that the arms define essentially a closed loop; and an open configuration in which the distal ends are spaced from each other to define an opening in between the distal ends, and the curved arms define a pair of opposed hooks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Brica, Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence O. Freese
  • Publication number: 20130206891
    Abstract: The present disclosure is drawn to a releasable clip for attachment to a spool for holding decorations that allows the spool to be attached to a support structure when hanging or removing decorations, comprising: an attachment portion including an overhang operable to attach to the support structure; and a releasable attachment portion operable to releasably attach to the spool, the releasable attachment portion including a releasable mechanism that interfaces with the spool and an extension structure that extends from the releasable attachment portion beyond the circumference of a side member of the spool when attached to the spool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: Jared Hendricks
  • Publication number: 20130140418
    Abstract: A positioning hook of an optical film of a backlight module, wherein the backlight module has a frame, and the optical film is disposed on an inner side of the frame. The positioning hook includes a first hook portion and a second hook portion corresponding with each other. The first hook portion is disposed at a first end of the positioning hook for penetrating through and hooking on an edge of the optical film. The second hook portion is disposed at a second end of the positioning hook opposite to the first end for hooking on an edge of the frame, so that the optical film is disposed and fixed in the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: Gang Yu
  • Patent number: 8360473
    Abstract: A luggage support hook is attached to a center tunnel immediately above a storage unit, which is provided at a rear portion of a leg shield of a saddle-type vehicle, in order to provide a degree of freedom in a manner of hooking a hanging strap of an article to be hung on the luggage support hook, and to retain luggage in a stable state during travel. The luggage support hook is formed in a substantially Y-shape, when viewed from a front side, by a base member attached to a recess portion, a plurality of first arms projecting radially from a rear end of the base member, and a second arm member projecting from a position of the rear end of the base member. The second arm member is different from the first arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Yamazaki, Takehiro Ishikawa, Yu Miyajima
  • Patent number: 8256727
    Abstract: Modular casket hardware which includes a bracket configured to attach to a casket corner wall surface. The bracket is also configured to be oriented with respect to the casket in a first orientation to attach to the casket wall and a second orientation to attach to the casket corner. A bore in the bracket is configured to receive a casket bar when in the first orientation. Tabs on the bracket are configured to at least partially fit within a portion of the casket bar when the bracket is oriented in the second orientation. A bracket cover could also use other bracket type mechanisms to attach and hold the casket bars to the casket which will support the required weight of a casket at the grave site. Once a bracket and bars are attached, the casket will be able to be shipped without the decorative bracket cover installed. The decorative modular casket bracket cover will be able to be added to the casket at any time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: W&M Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Hiester, Mike McKinley, Richard Foster, DeWayne Acree
  • Patent number: 8251331
    Abstract: A fence hanger apparatus is generally comprised of two vertical hanging support brackets. The two vertical hanging support brackets each have an upper portion terminating in a U-shaped hook for hanging the apparatus over the top rail of a fence, and a lower portion. A vertical member has an upper end and a lower end and is positioned approximately midway between the two vertical hanging support brackets and is substantially parallel to the upper portions of the two vertical hanging brackets. The upper end of the vertical member extends substantially to the same height as the U-shaped hooks. The vertical member has a front face, a rear face and two side faces. The front face of the vertical member is provided with means for attaching hanging members. A U-shaped latch is pivotally mounted to the lower end of the vertical member for attaching the apparatus to a vertical post of a fence. The lower portions of the two hanging support brackets are secured to the lower end of the vertical member with securing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Robert B Fowler
  • Patent number: 8162276
    Abstract: A combination clip and hook (clip) for use generally in suspending articles, which is rotatably movable about a rotary joint between a first position in which two opposing, rotatably joined portions of the overall clip structure are oriented together to form a continuous, enclosed shape that can be secured around another, and a second position in which the two portions of the structure are rotated out of the enclosed shape, and into, for example, a S shaped hook where one portion of the structure supports the item and the other portion can be applied to another supporting member. The joint between the two portions can define a spring-loaded rotating pivot assembly with at least two indexing positions opposed by 180 degrees. The rotary joint can be constructed with a pair of confronting male and female wedge and detent inserts that are biased toward each other by an embedded spring assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Clipsy, LLC
    Inventors: Farvardin Fathi, Imraan Aziz, Michael J. Strasser, Thomas E. King
  • Patent number: 8113476
    Abstract: A hanger for suspending an object from a supporting surface. An exemplary hanger may include a base mountable to a supporting surface, the base including a hook portion providing an upwardly opening gap, and a receiver pivotably mounted adjacent to a distal edge of the hook portion, the receiver being pivotable between an open position in which the receiver and the gap provide an aperture wider than the gap for receiving a supporting device connected to an object and a closed position in which the receiver substantially overlaps the gap. Some exemplary embodiments may include a magnet mounted to the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Newell Operating Company
    Inventor: Craig S. Serio
  • Patent number: 8092106
    Abstract: A keyboard includes a main body including a plurality of input keys and a hanger mounted on the main body including a hook for hanging the keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Quan Hu, Yong-Gang Jiang
  • Publication number: 20110203146
    Abstract: Systems, kits and methods allow a life-sized figure, whether configured as a cut-out or wall-mounted image, to be portrayed as “holding” a real musical instrument such as a guitar or a piece of sports equipment such as a tennis racket, thereby enhancing the visual appeal of the arrangement through the inclusion of a real, 3-D object while a storage function for the instrument or other implement when not in use. The invention may be configured for converting an existing wall-mounted figure or cut-out, or may be provided in kit form for later assembly. Apparatus and methods are also disclosed for taking photographs for life-sized novelty figures for use on cut-outs and wall-mounted displays, particularly when “action” shots are required.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventor: Kevin L. Newcomer
  • Publication number: 20110114808
    Abstract: The extracting apparatus includes a bracket, a holder extractably mounted to the bracket, a locking member, an elastic member connecting the bracket with the locking member, and a handle pivotably connecting to the bracket. The locking member is pivotably engaged with the bracket. The handle includes a cam, and the locking member includes a latch portion. When the extracting apparatus is at a locked position, the latch portion of the locking member extends through the bracket to securely engage with the holder. When the handle is pivoted to move toward the bracket, the cam of the handle drives the locking member to rotate relative to the bracket for releasing the holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
  • Patent number: 7793390
    Abstract: An apparatus for connecting pond covers, which includes a shaft having an exterior surface, a first end and a second end. An engagement profile is positioned on the exterior surface at a first end of the shaft. A cable guide is positioned in an intermediate position between the first end and the second end of the shaft, the cable guide being oriented transversely to the shaft. A cable is prevented from removal from the cable guide by the second end of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Layfield Geosynthetics & Industrial Fabrics Ltd.
    Inventors: James Andrew Mills, Jason Jeffery Robert MacQueen
  • Patent number: 7780129
    Abstract: A mounting kit for mounting an article to a wall including: a first support hook including a first leg portion and a second leg portion, the first leg portion including a first face constructed and arranged to face a wall when the first support hook is mounted thereto, and the second leg portion including a first face constructed and arranged to face the wall at a spaced apart distance to provide a gap between the first face of the second leg portion and the wall; and the support block including a first face designed to face the wall when mounted thereto and a top face constructed and arranged to generally face upward toward the support hook when mounted on a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventor: John Cundy
  • Patent number: 7766285
    Abstract: A line hanger for securing lines, such as transmission, pneumatic, hydraulic, electrical and other types of lines, to a support structure. The line hanger includes a wire structure with an attachment section configured for mounting to the support structure and a pair of clamping arms depending outwardly from the attachment provision. The clamping arms are configured to resiliently separate to receive a line and to resiliently relax for applying a clamping force to secure the line. The clamping arms are clasped together by engaging hook members defined at the open end of the wire structure. Multiple line hangers may be interlinked or stacked relative to the support structure for support multiple lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Andrew LLC
    Inventors: Albert R. Cox, Timothy Crawford, Raymond Michael Horvath
  • Patent number: 7669821
    Abstract: A retractable accessory hook assembly for a vehicle. A housing has a cavity with an opening. A hook is pivotably coupled to the housing and is movable between a stowed position substantially within the cavity and a deployed position at least partially extending from the opening of the cavity. A cover is also pivotably coupled to the housing and is configured to selectably close off at least a portion of the opening of the cavity. The cover is movable from a closed position proximate the housing to an open position away from the housing while the hook is being moved to a stowed or deployed position. The cover is also movable from the open position to the closed position to retain the hook in either the stowed or deployed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Amy L. Martin
  • Patent number: 7644846
    Abstract: Apparatus for restricting movement of a lawn implement shaft, for use in a lawn implement support system in cooperation with a vertically upstanding support member for horizontal support of shafted lawn implements during storage or transportation thereof including a support post for supporting a first end of a shafted lawn implement in conjunction with the vertically upstanding support member for supporting a second end of the shafted lawn implement. Further the apparatus includes a shaft support hook mounted to the support post, and projecting outwardly therefrom for a predetermined distance, the support hook being curved generally vertically and at a predetermined angle away from a first generally vertical plane defined by the support post, with a distal end of the shaft support hook being curved back toward a second vertical plane defined by the support post and perpendicular to the first vertical plane to define a shaft support region intermediate the hook and the support post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Jungle Jim's Accessory Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James Thomas Hafendorfer, Blake Thomas Whitley, David William Schardein
  • Publication number: 20090294616
    Abstract: The present invention encompasses an arrangement (1) related to a suspension hook with a discrete anchorage portion fixable via fixing means (3,(3)), to a vertically orientable support (2) and a discrete hook portion (5) coordinated with the anchorage portion. Said anchorage portion (4) displays an elongate surface section (4a) with barbs (6), while said hook portion (5) displays a short surface section (5a) with corresponding barbs (7,8) in order, in a position with the barbs cooperating, to cause the retention of said hook portion (5) against the anchorage portion (4) in one set position selectable from among a plurality of such positions. A vertically directed loading (‘F’) acting on the hook portion (5) is adapted to be absorbed by a cooperation between said barbs (8) allocated to the hook portion and barbs (6) allocated to the anchorage portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventors: Stefan Eriksson-Bradley, Mikael Johansson
  • Publication number: 20090270727
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic system has a tablet type electronic device for ultrasonic diagnosis and a docking station for mounting thereto the electronic device removably. The docking station includes a receptacle section against which one side of the electronic device comes into abutment when mounting the electronic device, and a hold-down section for holding down the electronic device releasably on the side opposite to the one side when mounting the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Inventors: Zhensong Zhao, Lanping Liu
  • Patent number: 7600729
    Abstract: A golf bag support is provided for supporting a golf bag in a golf cart. The golf bag support includes a bracket, first and second connectors, and an elongated arm. The elongated arm has a hook extending from a distal end of the elongated arm, and a transverse member extending from a proximal end of the elongated arm. The transverse member is rotatably supported by the first and second connectors. The hook is adapted to secure the golf bag at an angle in the golf cart to aid in the removal and insertion of golf clubs in the golf bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Inventor: Norman A. Valin
  • Publication number: 20090152217
    Abstract: A storage system is provided comprising a rail mounted to a surface. A cabinet is supported on said rail. At least one engagement member engages the rail to suspend the cabinet from the rail. The cabinet is supported at an angle relative to the surface. An adjustment mechanism is used to adjust the position of the engagement member relative to the rail for adjusting the angle. A method of mounting a cabinet on a surface is also provided comprising mounting a rail having a flange on a surface. A cabinet as described herein is suspended from the rail by the engagement member. The adjustment mechanism is moved towards or away from the surface to adjust the angle of the cabinet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: RUBBERMAID, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Gmerek, David McNamara, Joseph Musser, Michael Nicholls, Zach Utz, Robert J. Warner, JR.
  • Patent number: 7516930
    Abstract: A garment hanger rod holder is configured for assembled to upper and lower horizontal metal bars at a front of a metal rack, and includes a main body and a movable member mounted to a rear side of the main body. The main body includes a top hook head for hooking to the upper horizontal metal bar at the front of the metal rack, and a supporting seat formed at a lower free end of the main body for firmly support a garment hanger rod thereon. The movable member defines a receiving space for engaging with the lower horizontal metal bar at the front of the metal rack. The movable member is upward and downward movable relative to the main body to thereby adjust the receiving space to different heights to overcome dimensions errors in the metal rack, and enables the rod holder to firmly assemble to the metal rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Protrend Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Henry Chen
  • Publication number: 20090057515
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a hook for suspending an object. The hook is fixed on a bracket with at least one pillar and comprises at least one hook groove, a shaft, and a locking member. The hook groove receives the pillar. Each hook groove has a first opening defined between two projecting portions extending from the hook. The locking member is adjacent to one hook groove and comprises a locking part pivotally engaging the shaft and defining a locking groove with a second opening between two end portions thereof One of the two end portions and one projecting portions opposite to the one end portions cooperatively defines a locking opening. The locking opening has an opening dimension smaller than dimension of the pillar. When the hook engages the bracket, the opposing end portion and projecting portion press against the pillar to hold the pillar in the locking groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: Homesite Corporation Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Minlon Chuang
  • Patent number: 7481403
    Abstract: A panel structure capable of being attached with or detached from a supporting stand mainly comprises a base seat installed at a panel, a base plate installed at the upper end of the supporting stand and a sliding mass capable of being slid in the base seat. Whereby, the base plate in an accepting groove of the base seat can directly be pressed and positioned in the accepting groove through the sliding mass so that the panel can be chosen to be assembled with or detached from the supporting stand depending on the place and the requirement if is practically used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Coretronic Corporation
    Inventor: Min Hao Yuan
  • Patent number: 7464910
    Abstract: The guitar hanger apparatus is for use in hanging a guitar or like stringed instrument from a clothes rod such that the instrument hangs vertically below the rod. The hook for hooking the apparatus on the rod curves downwardly into a transition. The transition flows into the reverse curl. The reverse curl extends below and a distance beyond the hook back side. The horizontal is connected to a bottom of the reverse curl. The vertical affixed to the horizontal is thereby positions the padded v-member, which supports the neck and headstock of the instrument, below the hook and hence the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Inventors: John M. St. Germain, Linda A. St. Germain
  • Publication number: 20080296457
    Abstract: An office furniture unit has an outer face with slotted hangers, and a removable storage unit assembly including a bottom panel positioned in a generally horizontal orientation along the office furniture unit, and a top panel disposed above and generally parallel with the bottom panel. First and second panels are disposed at opposite ends of the top and bottom panels and are connected therewith to define a rigid, box-shaped case having an open back portion. The first and second end panels have rear portions with multiple vertically spaced slots. First and second hanger brackets have a rear portion with first hooks selectively received in the slotted hangers of the office furniture units, and a forward portion with second hooks selectively received in the slots in the rear portions of the first and second end panels to detachably support the case against the outer face of the office furniture unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventors: Allen C. Hager, Robert E. Jeffers, William K. Hofman, Brian L. Bultsma, Scott Michael Miller, Marvin C. Knauf, Karl Heinz Mueller, John R. Hamilton, Karl J. Mead
  • Patent number: 7407142
    Abstract: A hair collection device for collecting hair from the hand of user to remove hair from the head left on the hand of the user during a shower. The hair collection device includes a collection member being designed for being selectively coupled to a wall of the shower. The collection member is designed for receiving the hair from the hand of the user to allow the user to collect the hair at a later time to be thrown out when the hand of the user is wiped across the collection member. At least one mounting member is coupled to the collection member. The mounting member is designed for selectively engaging the wall of the shower to secure the collection member to the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Inventor: William Lopez
  • Patent number: 7318568
    Abstract: A device is for releasably mounting a bundle of bags on a wall. The device has a wall-mounted suspension fitting. One rear major surface of the bag bundle is connected to a sheet which is parallel with said bundle and which is adapted for releasably co-action with the fitting. The bags are releasably connected to said sheet at there respective opening regions. The sheet has an opening midway of its width and the fitting has upwardly directed clip-finger that includes in an upper portion of its side facing towards the wall a projection that can be received in the opening in the sheet. The projection has two vertically separated oblique surfaces which are mutually convergent in a direction towards said wall for co-action with the upper and lower edges of the sheet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Inventor: Tony Barouta
  • Publication number: 20070272814
    Abstract: A ladder rung hook (122) and upper horizontal frame (124) intersect to create an embodiment for a gripping vertical handle (126). This handle makes it faster, safer, and easy for a user to move a can of paint from rung to rung on an extension ladder. Left or right-handed painters can maneuver their can of paint with our unique easy to grip handle. A lower spring snap hook (138) will easily hook to a can of paint. The ladder hook (122) will simply be hung to the ladder rung through the easy to grip handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Inventors: Stephen Albert Bardill, Vito Monteleone
  • Patent number: 7220027
    Abstract: A modular lighting fixture includes an elongated support and a plurality of objects such as crystals attachable to and suspendable from the support. A plurality of the modular lighting fixtures may be readily assembled and attached to or supported from a ceiling in various configurations such as being spaced-apart, in an elongated curtain, in a rectangle, and/or in a zigzag configuration. In one embodiment, the support includes an elongated upper member having a first width and a first length, an elongated lower member having a second width and a second length and being spaced-apart from the upper member, and wherein the first length equals the second length and the first width is greater than the second width. In another embodiment, an elongated modular lighting fixture includes a plurality of cable grips connected to the support for hanging the plurality of objects from the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Boyd Lighting Fixture Company
    Inventors: Todd B. Rugee, John D. Stone
  • Patent number: 7140585
    Abstract: A one-hand clip of the present invention is composed of a main body, a pair of semicircular hooks a pair of rotating pins and a pair of elastic bodies. The hooks each fixed by a rotating pin and an elastic body at each bottom end of the main body pinches an inserted object by the power created by the spring of the elastic bodies as well as by the weight of the inserted object to be hung. Inserting or detaching operation is accomplished by an upward movement of the inserted object thus requiring little power or skill of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Inventor: Shohachi Wakuta
  • Patent number: 6837472
    Abstract: A water bottle holder has a body joined to convex curved legs that are releasably latched together to embrace the neck of the bottle. A clasp joined to the body has an arm, head, ear and lip surrounding an eye accommodating a belt clip. An enlarged member joined to the arm has surfaces for logos, designs, labels and printed materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Inventor: Michael J. Beutz
  • Patent number: 6651937
    Abstract: An expandable gutter bracket having a gutter support arm is connected to a centrally disposed onto mounting portion, or web, with two spaced apart flanges extending substantially perpendicularly from opposing edges of the mounting portion, in the direction opposite the gutter support arm. The distance between the flanges is selectively provided by the mounting portion to be approximately equal to the thickness of a rafter extension and may be substantially parallel or slightly angled in order to provide a frictional fit on a rafter extension. Various configurations of the mounting portion are provided to select the appropriate thickness, including a plurality of attachments that pass through the gutter support arm and connect to each end of the flanges or two respective halves of a two-piece web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Inventor: Dennis E. Wilson
  • Patent number: 6491271
    Abstract: A magnetic hook, jaw-type clip or spring clip has a rectangular housing containing magnets. A conventional hook or clip is attached to the housing. A finger tab extends from one edge or wall of the housing. When a user desires to remove the magnetic hook from a mounting surface he or she places a fingertip on a curved portion of the finger tab causing the upper edge of the magnetic hook to move away from the mounting surface. This results in a pivoting action forcing the magnetic hook away from the mounting surface with little or no sliding. A flexible fin may be adjacent the magnets and extend slightly beyond the housing. When the magnet is placed against a metal surface the flexible fin will bend to a smaller height and bear against the metal surface thereby improving the load carrying capacity of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: Adams Mfg. Corp.
    Inventor: William E. Adams
  • Patent number: 6457690
    Abstract: A combined hook and clip includes a mounting housing which can be integrated into a vehicle panel or separately provided and which includes a recess for receiving a pivoted combined hook and clip. The hook and clip includes a mounting collar, which is pivotally mounted within the housing by a pivot pin, a downwardly and inwardly projecting leg extending from the mounting collar to a base. Extending integrally upwardly and outwardly from the base is a second leg which, together with the first leg and base, defines a generally U-shaped hook. Extending downwardly from the second leg and projecting below the base is a third leg with a gripper member facing the housing for defining a clip. A bias member retains the combined hook and clip within the recess of the housing and urges the clip into a gripping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: David J. Spykerman, Nels R. Smith
  • Publication number: 20020125386
    Abstract: A keyboard holder to hold a computer keyboard on a computer, is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2001
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Inventor: Gus C. Pook
  • Publication number: 20020092958
    Abstract: A novelty hanger for the hanging and display of novelties and articles which are usually hung from the interior rearview mirror or rearview mirror support post of an automobile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2001
    Publication date: July 18, 2002
    Inventor: Steven D. Lusk
  • Patent number: 6360507
    Abstract: A system for supporting a suspended ceiling and for supporting fixtures below the suspended ceiling. The suspended ceiling includes an inverted, T-shaped grid of structural members. A mounting clip is provided that comprises two parts. A first, fixed part includes a first, horizontal leg, a second leg that depends from the first leg, and a third leg depending from the second leg. A second, reversible part comprises a central body with first and second ends. The central body includes either a locating hook or an aperture at each of the first and second ends that mates with a corresponding complementarily-shaped locating hook or aperture on the first and third legs of the first part of the clip. The second part of the mounting clip is also relieved adjacent each end. The relieved portions are of different shapes from each other so that the mounting clip can accommodate differently-shaped structural members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Icon International, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig S. Nevers, Steven M. Seligman
  • Patent number: 6334597
    Abstract: A hanger holder is formed of a base, a locating seat, a connection seat, and a holding member. The base is fastened to a wall and is provided with a pillar by which the locating seat, the connection seat, and the holding member are joined together to form the hanger holder in conjunction with a fastening screw that is engaged with a retaining hole of the pillar via a through hole of the holding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2002
    Inventor: Lai Ming-Hsiao
  • Patent number: 6247675
    Abstract: A hanger for displaying a leash, including a main body with a horizontal hook for engaging a spring latch of the leash and a vertical hook for engaging a loop handle of the leash. The vertical hook is connected to said main body and includes a second support arm having a first end in connection with said main body and a second end opposite said first end, said second support arm located approximately along the vertical plane and constructed to support the spring latch, said second hook further includes one or more extension arms connecting said second end to said main body so that said vertical hook forms a loop with said main body; and wherein one of said one or more extension arms includes a slot such that the latch can engage said second support arm by entering the loop through the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Four Paws Products, Ltd.
    Inventor: Barry Askin
  • Patent number: 6196509
    Abstract: A remote controller holder for permitting hands free holding a remoter controller by a user. The remote controller holder includes an elongate carrier having spaced apart pair of arm portions and an elongate middle portion connecting the arm portions together. The arm portions each have spaced apart elongate front and back segments, and an elongate bottom segment connecting the front and back segments of the respective arm portion together. The back segments of the arm portions are coupled to the middle portion. The arm portions are designed for resting a remote controller thereon. A generally U-shaped bracket is coupled to the middle portion of the elongate carrier. A bolt is extended through the bracket. The bolt is designed for extending through a looped end of a neck strap secured around a user's neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Inventor: Marvin F. Clemens
  • Patent number: 6092779
    Abstract: The invention relates to an improved clip device to which the strap or handle of a person's hand carried item, such as a lady's handbag or a camera, is attached to secure and protect it from theft. The improved clip is intended to be used out in a public place and would be attached to a heavy object such as a dining table, a gaming device stand or to a shopping cart basket, whereby the hand carried item would be fastened to the clip to prevent it from being snatched away and stolen. This allows the owner's attention to be directed to the activities at hand rather than be concerned about the safety of their item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Inventors: Winston Stevens Depew, Gay Lynn Depew
  • Patent number: 6086035
    Abstract: An anchor for securing a shelf having one or more wires to a wall is provided. The anchor has an elongate body and a head. The head has first and second grooves for receiving a wire of the shelf, wherein the first groove has an opening for receiving the wire in a direction substantially transverse to the longitudinal axis of the body and the second groove has an opening for receiving a wire of the shelf in a direction substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Schulte Corporation
    Inventor: Christian R. Trifilio
  • Patent number: 5967476
    Abstract: A wall hook includes a wall mount having a receptacle portion and a peripheral notch at the receptacle portion, a hook member having a mounting plate at one end fitted into the receptacle portion of the wall mount and fixedly fastened with the wall mount to a flat wall surface by nails and at least one hooked portion extended out of the peripheral notch at the receptacle portion of the wall mount for hanging things, and a shield covered on the receptacle portion of the wall mount to keep the mounting plate and the nails from sight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Inventor: Fang-Yin Chen
  • Patent number: 5961081
    Abstract: A support clip for supporting cable in a generally horizontal position. The support clip comprises a generally J-shaped hook having a central cable supporting portion and first and second legs extending up from opposite ends of the central cable supporting portion. The clip further comprises a retaining member movable from a cable receiving position in which the retaining member is attached to the first leg and held in a position in which the retaining member does not interfere with insertion or removal of the cable in or from the support clip, to a cable retaining position in which the retaining member extends from the first leg to the second leg generally parallel to the central cable supporting portion to retain the cable within the hook of the support clip, and back to its cable receiving position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Sigma-Aldrich Co.
    Inventor: Eric R. Rinderer
  • Patent number: 5950337
    Abstract: A hanging attachment for hanging an ironing board assembly from an upper edge of a door, the ironing board assembly includes an ironing table and a pair of collapsible legs, where each leg has a foot section for resting on a floor when the ironing board assembly is in a raised state. The ironing table extends generally longitudinally, and the foot section of each leg extends generally transversely with respect to the ironing table. The hanging attachment comprises a first hanger for being transversely arranged on the foot section of one of the legs. The hanger has an attaching portion securely attaching the hanger to the foot section, and a hooking portion secured to the attaching portion. The hooking portion is for being hooked over the upper edge of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Inventor: David Lehrman
  • Patent number: 5782447
    Abstract: A detachable support attachable to a swimming pool having a clamp, and a hook assembly attached to the clamp, wherein the hook assembly disengages from the clamp when the load force exerted on the hook exceeds a predetermined level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1998
    Inventor: Thomas J. Hoffend
  • Patent number: 5695161
    Abstract: A hinged product display clip for gripping a product for suspension from a product display structure has a front panel with a hook and a dual hinge member integrally attached along a first hinge to a lateral edge of the front panel and along a second hinge to a rear panel closeable about the hinge member relative to the front panel to form a product receiving channel and lockable with the front panel in a closed position to firmly grip a product in the channel between the front and rear panels for suspended display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventor: Emory N. Brozak, Jr.