Magnetic Patents (Class 248/309.4)
  • Patent number: 10919457
    Abstract: A device for mounting a hand-held device is disclosed. The device providing hands free operation of the hand-held device during a vehicle operation is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: GO-VUU LLC
    Inventor: Larry Goldstein
  • Patent number: 10703297
    Abstract: A system for securing a user device in a vehicle includes a magnet and an attraction plate. One of the magnet or the attraction plate is mechanically coupled to the vehicle, and the other of the magnet or the attraction plate is mechanically coupled to the user device. The magnet is selectively activated to hold the attraction plate and, thereby, secure the user device to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sawyer I. Cohen, Jack J. Wanderman, Romain A. Teil, Mikael P. Sedlacek, Jorge C. Fialho, Kirill Kalinichev, Robert D. Silfvast, Justin D. Crosby
  • Patent number: 10196805
    Abstract: A douche toilet is provided having a toilet bowl (2) including a flushing water inlet opening (2a) for supplying flushing water into a flushing chamber (4) for a flushing operation and a waste water opening for flushing waste water out of the toilet bowl (2), a flushing water distributor (10) for distributing the flushing water around the flushing chamber (4), and a douche lance (10a) for washing the user in the anal or genital region. To simplify the structure of the douche toilet, in particular to make cleaning thereof easier, the douche lance (10a) is integrated into the flushing water distributor (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: TECE GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Lammel, Matthias Stockel, Martin Krabbe, André Meiermann, Uwe Koziol
  • Patent number: 10145506
    Abstract: A precision adjustment screw mechanism comprises a platform carried by a base. The platform is selectively movable towards and away from the base, and is selectively tiltable with respect to the base. A push-pull screw is secured to and between the platform and the base, to selectively displace the platform towards and away from the base. The push-pull screw has a ball-and-socket type joint between the platform and the base, with the platform tiltable with respect to the base about the ball-and-socket type joint. A cylindrical bellows has a proximal end sealed to the base and a distal end sealed to the platform, and circumscribes the push-pull screw between the base and the platform. The bellows can react torque exerted on the platform by a fastener of the push-pull screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Andrew L. Bullard
  • Patent number: 9952484
    Abstract: A photographic background assembly, comprises a collapsible background unit having a semi-rigid frame, and a background mounting member. The collapsible background unit comprises a magnetic portion, and the background mounting member comprises at least one magnetic receiving formation configured to engage the magnetic portion of the collapsible background unit, such that the collapsible background unit is selectively attachable to the background mounting member by the magnetic portion so as to provide a background for use in photography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: MANFROTTO UK LIMITED
    Inventor: Matthew Bailey
  • Patent number: 9493271
    Abstract: A scoop retention device is provided, comprising: a first length of flexible tubing having openings at each of first and second ends, the first length of tubing being configured to receive and retain a handle of a scoop within the first opening; a first magnet secured within the opening at the second end of the first length of tubing and having an exposed surface associated with a first magnetic polarity; and a second magnet securable to the inside of a container having a surface associated with a second magnetic polarity opposite the first polarity and facing the inside of the container; whereby, the scoop is removably secured to the inside of the container by magnetic attraction between the first and second magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventor: Paul Thomas Gillie
  • Patent number: 9199124
    Abstract: A magnetic anchoring method and device provides a support on a wall structure comprising a magnetizable material. The magnetic anchoring device comprises a magnet unit configured to generate a magnetic field to develop an attracting force between the magnet unit and the wall structure. The magnetic anchoring device further comprises a force generating device configured to engage the magnet unit, and to generate a test force in a predetermined direction between the magnet unit and the wall structure, and a force measuring device connected to the force generating device, and configured for measuring the test force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: MCNETIQ B.V.
    Inventors: Bastiaan Gravendeel, Edwin Roberto van der Heide
  • Patent number: 9153152
    Abstract: A magnetic assembly and method permitting the use of low-cost magnets capable of being fabricated in an efficient and low-cost manner having a plate having a mounting surface and an opposing bottom surface, with a plurality of magnetizable elements, each of which is fitted in a fixture having plural radial wings for holding the magnetizable elements against the mounting surface, and with an over mold of a plastic material covering the mounting surface, the fixture and the bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventor: Steven W. Elmer
  • Patent number: 9116172
    Abstract: A connector includes a support and an arm. The support is to support a to-be-test workpiece. The arm is rotatably connected to the support and includes a number of probes. Pinheads of the probes faces the support. When the arm is rotated to a predetermined position relative to the support, the pinheads of the probes contacts with a flexible printed circuit (FPC) of the to-be-tested workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chang-Wei Kuo
  • Patent number: 9038971
    Abstract: An apparatus for the holding of an IPAD® or other mobile computing platform includes a magnetic arm assembly connected to a first end of a flexible shaft. A ferric metal circle is adhered to a back panel of the IPAD®. A center magnet provided within a center of the magnetic arm assembly which applies a force to the metal circle sufficient to retain the IPAD®, thereto. A plurality of flexible arms extends radially from the center magnet and bear against a protective case that retains the IPAD®. An opposite second end of the flexible shaft is connected to a base member. The base member may include a threaded clamp, a spring clamp, a suction cup or a weighted base, depending on the desired location for holding the IPAD®.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Beau Thomas Guthrie
  • Publication number: 20150128491
    Abstract: A vessel in a modular magnetic storage system is set forth. The vessel includes at least one magnet housing assembly configured to securely store a magnet therein. The magnet housing assembly is provided on, within a portion, or within a wall of the vessel. An interior wall of the vessel is configured to form a compartment and to selectively store at least one object therein. The magnet housing assembly is configured to hold the vessel securely in a suspended configuration through a cover provided on the magnet housing assembly. The vessel is mounted in the suspended configuration by selectively connecting the magnet to a surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Jared Aller, Beau Oyler, Yi Cui
  • 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: 20150102192
    Abstract: A portable suspension device for workout accessories comprising a backing, where the backing includes a front face and a back face; a hook attached to the front face of the backing, where the hook is attached to the backing with a fastener; a magnet on the back face, where the magnet enables the portable suspension device to attach to a piece of exercise equipment; and at least one exercise accessory to hang off the hook. The portable suspension device enables a user to attach the hook to the exercise equipment and then hang their accessories while they workout to prevent the accessories from touching the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Julie Ann Ciampi
  • Patent number: 8973881
    Abstract: A modular support assembly is provided for supporting a useful and/or decorative article. Each module of the assembly adheres to adjacent module(s) via a magnetic force attraction. The height of the modular assembly can be adjusted, as desired, by the addition/removal of various modules to/from the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Miodrag Mihajlovic
  • Publication number: 20150060623
    Abstract: A removable accessory mount that includes and outside support on the outside of an item that is secured to an inside support located on an inner surface of the item. The inside and outside supports are secured to one another via a support post that can be a threaded post, a pin, etc. The outer surface of the outside support attaches to accessories that can be removed from the outside support and replaced with other items. Likewise, the accessories can be moved to other accessory mounts. In addition, the accessory mount can also be moved from one item to another without substantial damage due to the small nature of the support post that secures the inside and outside supports together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Ronald P. Nigro
  • Patent number: 8931745
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing and supporting a mobile electronic device, comprising a protective shell for mounting the mobile electronic device, the protective shell comprising a female connector, wherein the female connector having a first magnet; and a support for fixing to a supporting surface, the support comprising a male connector, wherein the male connector having a second magnet; wherein the protective shell and the support constitute a detachable connecting structure; and wherein exposed ends of the first magnet and the second magnet having opposite magnetic poles. When joining the protective shell and the support, the male and female connectors need only be placed in approximate of each other for the connectors to be drawn towards each other and guided into proper alignment by magnetic force exerted by the two magnets. This way, the user's sight on the joining process is not necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Innomax Limited
    Inventor: Wai Kit Ng
  • Patent number: 8894027
    Abstract: Various methods and devices involving reprographic copy stands are described. A reprographic copy stand may include a first support element configured to support a first cover of a book at a first plurality of angles. The reprographic copy stand may also include a second support element configured to support a second configured to support a second cover of the book at a second plurality of angles. The reprographic copy stand may include a platform configured to couple with the first support element at a first plurality of positions and the second support element at a second plurality of positions. The distance between the support elements may be variable according to the position of the first support selected from the first plurality of positions and the position of the second support selected from the second plurality of positions such that a plurality of book binding thicknesses are accommodated by the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Ancestry.com Operations Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Reese, Shawn Reid
  • Patent number: 8870143
    Abstract: The device provides a quick release holding capability. The holder apparatus include a top plate attachment for the portable handheld-size device and a base plate mounted on a variety of surfaces via means that include but not limited to: brackets, screws, rivets, etc. Asymmetrical turn lock mechanism in conjunction with magnetic locks prevents accidental release. It also has additional feature where the portable device can be turned 360 degrees in increments of 90 degree angles activating magnetic locks in each 90 degree position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Dmitry Kubin
  • Patent number: 8844586
    Abstract: A retaining bracket used in bottle processing includes a clamp having clamp arms that pivot in a horizontal plane for grasping bottle necks, a sliding sleeve for receiving a hinge pin entering therein from an upward direction, the hinge pin having a magnetizable or magnetically free end, a first permanent magnet disposed in a lower region of the sleeve for interacting with the free end of the hinge pin, a pivotable sleeve for receiving a second pin parallel to the hinge pin, the second pin having, at a free end thereof, a permanent magnet or magnetically influenced region that exerts an attractive force tending to center and restore the clamp, and a brace-like projection that engages below the clamp when the clamp is in a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Fahldieck
  • Patent number: 8841556
    Abstract: A cord management apparatus comprises one or more magnets, configurable to be coupled to an electronic cord. The apparatus comprises one or more sheaths configured to be coupled to at least a portion of the electronic cord, wherein the one or more sheaths are configured to be magnetically attached to the magnet. A cord management device comprising one or more pliable sheaths is described also.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: CJD LLC
    Inventor: Wayne Philip Rothbaum
  • Publication number: 20140263889
    Abstract: A instrument holder is disclosed that is adapted to be attached to a side edge of a surgical table in an operating room and that includes a magnet by which metallic instruments are attachable to the holder for staging during performance of a medical procedure in the operating room. The magnet further may assist in retaining and/or stabilizing the holder in its attachment to the side edge of the table. The holder may include grooves for receiving certain types and/or sizes of instruments. During performance of a medical procedure the holder may be moved to a different side edge of the table. The holder preferably is contained within a plastic, transparent, pliable sleeve for maintaining sterility of the holder, whereby the holder is reusable in subsequent procedures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: H & M Innovations, LLC
  • Publication number: 20140263895
    Abstract: A magnetic bracket includes a base and at least two posts at opposite ends of the base. The posts bend upwards from the base such that at least two clips are operable to attach at the posts at opposite ends of the base. The posts have a notch between the base and ends of the posts to permit the clips to hook onto the posts. The magnetic bracket may be clipped into a vehicle chassis by removably inserting the clips into a slot of the vehicle chassis. A body panel such as a headliner having a magnetic fastener attached to the body panel may then be magnetically self-aligned and removably attached to the base having a magnetic portion. The magnetic fastener is operable to be removably attached to the magnetic portion. The magnetic bracket is attached to a non-magnetic part of a vehicle chassis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickenson, Michael Walter Smith
  • Publication number: 20140268622
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a fixing mechanism including a base, a cover, a connecting component, at least one resilient component and a pushing component. The base is for containing a portable electronic device. The cover is pivoted to the base. The connecting component is disposed on the base for engaging with the cover. The at least one resilient component is disposed on the base. The pushing component is connected to the at least one resilient component and the connecting component, the pushing component is driven to move in a first direction as the portable electronic device is installed on the base, so as to drive the connecting component to separate from the cover, so that the cover pivots in a first pivoting direction relative to the base to engage with the end of the portable electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Yi-Hsiang Chao
  • Publication number: 20140263908
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus and system and method for making the same are provided. The mounting apparatus allows an object to be mounted to a mounting surface via magnetic attractions between different planes of engagement. Through the movement of planes of magnets, an object that is brought in proximity to the mounting apparatus may engage one of the magnetic planes and then be moved further to engage the other magnetic plane, with the combined magnetic force being configured to support the particular object for which the mounting apparatus is designed. The engagement and/or disengagement of the object from the mounting apparatus can thus occur in stages and/or in a tiered manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: L. Christopher Franklin
  • Patent number: 8807503
    Abstract: A tablecloth retainer includes an elastic band having at least a primary thickness, a width, and a predesigned boundary, wherein the elastic band is stretched around the perimeter edge of a table top to retain a tablecloth, the predesigned boundary being smaller than a range of table top perimeters accommodating the band by virtue of elasticity of the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Jose Alberto Zavala, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8800941
    Abstract: A utility clip is disclosed wherein the clip can hold a variety of tools and can be used commercially or in the home. The clip comprises a first and second clamping member, with each clamping member having alligator teeth positioned facing each at the inner distal end of the members, with at least one and possibly two useful tools positioned at the proximal end of each of the clamping members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Unique Tools, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Kahn
  • Publication number: 20140175242
    Abstract: An optical mount is disclosed having at least one restraining element for an optic having at least one contact point with a first surface of the optic and at least one force element having at least one contact point with a second surface of the optic, wherein each contact point on the first surface of the optic has a corresponding contact point on the second surface of the optic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Thorlabs, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett D'Alessio, Alex Ezra Cable
  • Patent number: 8727290
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a mounting device for supporting a tablet computer while freeing the hands of a user. The mounting device includes an attaching means for temporary or permanently attaching the system to a surface or object, a holding device for safely holding the tablet computer in place, and a flexible connector attached to the holding device via a swivel joint connector and extending between the holding device and attaching means. The swivel joint and flexible connector provide the combinational benefit of adjusting the position of the tablet computer. The attaching means may include a wall mount or spring clamp. The holding device includes a number of different embodiments one of which includes a pair of audio speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventors: Carlos De La Matta, Mohamad Samhoury
  • Patent number: 8714756
    Abstract: A holder to hold a projector includes a support. One side of the projector is capable of being attracted by a magnet. The support includes a base board and a supporting board connected to the base board. The base board is to be supported by a supporting surface. The support further includes a first magnet fixed on the supporting board to attract the side of the projector, for adjustably and magnetically supporting the projector on the supporting board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Song-Ling Yang
  • Patent number: 8695935
    Abstract: A magnetically mountable firearm or sporting instrument holding device of relatively small compass which is readily removable and portable, and can be utilized for providing a convenient place for hunters and sporting enthusiasts to rest their guns and sporting instruments upright on the outside of their car or other metal surface, and to protect that surface from scratches. The magnetic portable firearm or sporting instrument holding device generally includes a universal retaining member for supporting firearms and other sporting instruments having two opposite ends, the first end of which constitutes a recessed receiving end with inwardly tapered arms for guiding the instrument in place, and the second end comprising a common or multi-component magnetic mounting base. The mounting base may include a joining platform collar to orientate, mount, secure, and support the retaining member, and prevent twisting of the magnetic element of the mounting base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: SpecTech, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Kasbohm
  • Publication number: 20140070066
    Abstract: Devices and methods tot supporting and displaying a coin, such as a challenge coin on a vertical surface. A device includes a backing member that can be suspended on the vertical surface, and has at least two slots. At least two prongs have bases for supporting the coin. The prongs can be inserted in the slots by an amount that adjusts for the previously unknown diameter of the coin. A letter of promotion can be framed, and the device can be attached to a front glass surface of the frame. This way, a coin can be displayed without occupying table space. Moreover, a challenge coin can be displayed together with the framed letter of promotion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: ROHTEK, LLC
    Inventors: Oscar H. Rojas, Todd Klump
  • Publication number: 20140034689
    Abstract: A device is disclosed. The device contains a first magnet, and a material configured to magnetically couple with the first magnet with sufficient force to support the weight of a hanging garment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventors: Debbie Moradzadeh, Sam Moradzadeh, Alexander Krayner
  • Publication number: 20140014800
    Abstract: Devices and methods for supporting a coin, such as a challenge coin, on a vertical surface. A device includes a backing member and a base attached to the backing member. The backing member can be suspended substantially vertically on the vertical surface, for example using attaching means. The base can be arcuate. The coin can be placed on the base, and thus be supported by the device on the vertical surface. A letter of promotion can be framed, and the device can be attached to a front glass surface of the frame. This way, a coin such as a challenge coin can be displayed together with the letter of promotion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Oscar H. Rojas, Martin Abbenhouse, Gregory T. Kavounas
  • Publication number: 20130292523
    Abstract: Devices having a magnet disposed thereon are disclosed. The devices are operatively configured for suspending and displaying articles, such as tags, signage, clothing, and baseball caps containing ferrous elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Joel Moore, James William Reddick, III, Jessica Moreland, Christopher Trunek, Joel Beebe
  • Patent number: 8573548
    Abstract: Merchandising support system of the type having a holding member adapted for engagement of a cantilevered accessory arm thereto. The holder is adapted for mounting on a surface of a display panel or the like and comprises a mounting platform with a throat extending therethrough. The accessory arm is supported in the throat in cantilevered fashion and includes a first magnetic material that engages a second magnetic material with the latter disposed in the throat proximate to a rear surface thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Marlite, Inc.
    Inventors: Jamie Kuhn, Randy A. Breyer, Mary Elizabeth Shea
  • Patent number: 8567744
    Abstract: A reusable device for detachably mounting an object to a platform includes a breakaway plate that is mounted to the object and a mounting bracket that is fixed to the platform. The breakaway plate is formed with a circumferential groove, and an o-ring is placed in the groove. A tooth ring having a slight gap is positioned over the o-ring. As a retaining ring is placed over the o-ring and tooth ring and fastened to the mounting bracket, the tooth ring compresses, which causes the o-ring to compress and engage the tooth ring at a breakaway force of the object. When an applied force that is greater than the breakaway force is applied to the object, the o-ring pops out to separate the object and platform. The o-ring durometer is chosen according to the magnitude of breakaway force that is desired by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: William H. Marn, Brandon J. Wiedemeier
  • Patent number: 8550235
    Abstract: A fastening assembly for attaching a ferrous metal baking pan to a baking rack, the baking rack having a plurality of bars, the fastening assembly including an “E” plate having a stem and a plurality of arms, a pair of bar receiving channels, the channels consisting of the arms' interstices; at least a first permanent magnet; and a concavity and seal combination interconnecting the at least first permanent magnet and a medial arm among the “E” plate's plurality of arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Bunting Magnetics Co.
    Inventor: Donald A. Suderman
  • Patent number: 8540197
    Abstract: A skateboard mounting arrangement consists of a top part that includes a magnet and a bottom part that includes a bottom extension. When the bottom part is mounted below the top part on a wall support, the bottom of the skateboard is retained by the bottom extension and the magnet attracts and holds the top part to the wall support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventors: Frederick S. Krol, II, Kevin A. Polak
  • Patent number: 8499943
    Abstract: A magnetic tool holding apparatus having: a) a plastic molding having a front tool holding side portion, a similarly dimensioned rear side portion and a peripheral edge extending between the front and rear side portions; b) a magnetic receptor opening, dimensioned to closely receive and tightly hold a magnet, extending from and the rear side portion of the plastic molding, but said opening not extending entirely through the molding to the front side portion; c) wall attachment means on the rear wall side of the molding for attachment to a wall; and, d) a magnet for insertion within the magnet receptor opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Jaqueline P. Neldner
  • Patent number: 8490936
    Abstract: The present invention provides a decorative light hanging system for presenting a lighted outline of a building structure, and includes a decorative lighting strand, a plurality of releasable magnetic alignment holder pairs each pair comprising oppositely charged magnetic disks including a first disk attached to the building structure and a second disk with a conduit mount attached thereon for receiving the decorative lighting strand therein, and a hanger for positioning and aligning the second disks upon the corresponding first disks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventor: Lance Rinck
  • Patent number: 8403278
    Abstract: A magnetically mountable firearm or sporting instrument holding device of relatively small compass which is readily removable and portable, and can be utilized for providing a convenient place for hunters and sporting enthusiasts to rest their guns and sporting instruments upright on the outside of their car or other metal surface, and to protect that surface from scratches. The magnetic portable firearm or sporting instrument holding device generally includes a universal retaining member for supporting firearms and other sporting instruments having two opposite ends, the first end of which constitutes a recessed receiving end with inwardly tapered arms for guiding the instrument in place, and the second end comprising a common or multi-component magnetic mounting base. The mounting base may include a joining platform collar to orientate, mount, secure, and support the retaining member, and prevent twisting of the magnetic element of the mounting base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Kasbohm
  • Publication number: 20130050973
    Abstract: A magnetic stand for a tablet device is disclosed. The magnetic stand is configured to rigidly hold a portion of the tablet device in place and to shield the magnetic field from adversely affecting nearby devices susceptible to strong magnetic fields. The shielding portion of the magnetic stand allows for significant increases in magnetic field strength when compared to similarly configured, unshielded products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew D. ROHRBACH
  • Patent number: 8366065
    Abstract: A laser stand for supporting a laser leveling device during construction involving metal studs and leg tracks provides a planar shelf including a first end and a second end, at least one first leg depending from the first end, at least one second leg depending from the second end, and a magnet enclosure mounted to the second leg and including at least one magnet for supporting the leveling device while attached to the metal stud. The shelf is configured for pivotably accommodating the leveling device and the stand is configured for supporting the leveling device when placed over the leg track on a substrate or attached to the metal stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Gregory Kane, Jr., George Matthew Davis, Anthony Caringella, A. James Walz
  • Patent number: 8360378
    Abstract: A mobile electronic device support is disclosed for allowing a mobile electronic device to be removably secured to a surface, such as a column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Michael D. Owens
  • Publication number: 20120309229
    Abstract: A holder to hold a projector includes a support. One side of the projector is capable of being attracted by a magnet. The support includes a base board and a supporting board connected to the base board. The base board is to be supported by a supporting surface. The support further includes a first magnet fixed on the supporting board to attract the side of the projector, for adjustably and magnetically supporting the projector on the supporting board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD .
    Inventor: SONG-LING YANG
  • Publication number: 20120305728
    Abstract: A magnetic anchoring method and device provides a support on a wall structure comprising a magnetizable material. The magnetic anchoring device comprises a magnet unit configured to generate a magnetic field to develop an attracting force between the magnet unit and the wall structure. The magnetic anchoring device further comprises a force generating device configured to engage the magnet unit, and to generate a test force in a predetermined direction between the magnet unit and the wall structure, and a force measuring device connected to the force generating device, and configured for measuring the test force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: TECHNISCH ADVIESBUREAU "EARLY MINUTE" B.V.
    Inventors: Bastiaan Gravendeel, Edwin Roberto van der Heide
  • Patent number: 8321340
    Abstract: A self-service retail item checkout station comprises a peripheral device for interacting with a customer while the customer is conducting a self-service retail item checkout transaction at the station. The self-service retail item checkout station further comprises a non-swiveling mounting mechanism including (i) a slidable mounting portion on which the peripheral device is mounted, and (ii) a fixed mounting portion on which the slidable mounting portion is supported for sliding movement between a retracted position in which a customer in a standing position at the station can more easily interact with the peripheral device an extended position in which a customer in a seated position at the station can more easily interact with the peripheral device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Luis Garcia-Verona, Manuel Orit, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120280096
    Abstract: A magnetic bottle mounting system, comprising: a bottle; a magnetically active ring; an at least partially open-faced mount for receipt of the bottle therein; and, at least one magnetically active body provided to the mount opposite the ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventor: Anthony R. Goldman
  • Publication number: 20120280098
    Abstract: The present invention provides a decorative light hanging system for presenting a lighted outline of a building structure, and includes a decorative lighting strand, a plurality of releasable magnetic alignment holder pairs each pair comprising oppositely charged magnetic disks including a first disk attached to the building structure and a second disk with a conduit mount attached thereon for receiving the decorative lighting strand therein, and a hanger for positioning and aligning the second disks upon the corresponding first disks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventor: Lance Rinck
  • Patent number: 8292242
    Abstract: A temporary magnetic affixing device (100) is provided. The temporary affixing device (100) includes a base portion (102) having a first surface (114) and a second surface (112). The first surface (114) of the base portion (102) includes a magnetic device (124) attached thereto. A holding handle (138) is rotatably disposed on the base portion (102).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Danny L. Thompson