Clip Patents (Class 248/316.7)
  • Patent number: 7886406
    Abstract: A hinge device includes a coupler having two substantially C-shaped outer clamp members which are interconnected back-to-back at a juncture and which respectively have open mouths opposite to the juncture, and two substantially cylindrical inner clamp members fitted rotatably and respectively in the outer clamp members. Each inner clamp member has a substantially cylindrical outer surface, and two clamping arms defining an axially extending clamping groove therebetween. The clamping groove has a groove opening alignable with the open mouth of one of the outer clamp members. A hoop assembly having two hoops interconnected hingedly by the hinge device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Inventor: Chao-Ming Chang
  • Publication number: 20110024594
    Abstract: A fixing mechanism includes a fixed member, a movable member, and a driving member. The fixed member has a first claw portion, and the movable member has a second claw portion. The movable member is movably connected to the fixed member via the driving member. The driving member is configured for moving the movable member in a direction away from the first claw portion of the fixed member. A manipulator using the fixing mechanism is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicants: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: HUI WANG
  • Publication number: 20110001031
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus includes a receiving rack, a sliding member slidably mounted to the receiving rack, a first resilient member, and a latching unit. The latching unit includes a fitting member pivotally mounted to the receiving rack, a locking member slidably received in the fitting member, and a second resilient member. The fitting member includes a resisting plate and an elastic clamping portion. The locking member faces the sliding member. A wedged protrusion protrudes from the clamping portion, operably latched with the receiving rack. The first resilient member resist against the sliding member and the fitting member. When the latching tab engages with the sidewall of the bracket, the sliding member is moved to deform the first resilient member. Thereafter, the sliding member resists the resisting plate, to block the fitting member to rotate further into the receiving rack. The wedged protrusion is incapable of latching with the receiving rack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Applicants: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: WEN-TANG PENG, ZHE ZHANG, JIAN FU
  • Patent number: 7862214
    Abstract: A lighting device, comprising a housing and at least one mounting clip. The housing comprises an electrical connection region engageable in an electrical receptacle. The mounting clip is pivotable from a first position, where an end region of the mounting clip does not extend beyond a periphery of the housing, to a second position, where the end region extends beyond the housing periphery. Also, a lighting device, comprising a housing, a trim element and at least one mounting clip. The mounting clip is pivotable, such that if the mounting clip is in a second position and then the trim element is rotated, the mounting clip will pivot to a third position, where the mounting clip engages the housing such that the trim element is biased toward a ceiling or other structure in which the lighting device is mounted. Also, methods of installing housings and/or trim elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Cree, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary David Trott, Paul Kenneth Pickard
  • Patent number: 7854420
    Abstract: Embodiments of mounting clips are described. One such embodiment of a mounting clip for attaching an object, device, or portion of a device to a computer monitor comprises a main body. At least one hook-shaped rib is coupled to the main body. The at least one rib is removably insertable within an opening in the computer monitor. A foot, coupled to the main body, contacts an exterior surface of the computer monitor while the at least one rib is inserted within the opening. A holder receptacle is coupled to the main body and provides a mating point for coupling an object to the mounting clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Dean Depay, Benjamin Abraham, Frederic Frappereau, Ray Gradwohl, Jacques Gagne
  • Publication number: 20100264287
    Abstract: A fastening clip for attaching a component to a stud of a support part has a base part with an opening for accepting the stud. The opening has an axis and has a fastening region and an unlocking region located next to one another perpendicular to the axis. Resilient retaining means for holding the stud in place are arranged in the fastening region, which means are designed such that the stud can be introduced into the fastening region in the direction of the axis and the stud located in the fastening region can be displaced into the unlocking region by a relative movement of the stud and fastening clip perpendicular to the axis of the opening, wherein in the unlocking region the stud can be removed from the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventors: Frank Rosemann, Christian Kempf, Ansgar Wilting
  • Publication number: 20100264281
    Abstract: A clamp clip adapted to grip an item, such as a planar sheet. The clamp clip may have pincers adapted to open and close in a scissors like fashion. The clamp may be used with a tripod or a monopod, and in some embodiments a tripod with flexible legs utilizing ball and socket joint connectors which, when interconnected, form a flexible assembly. The ball and socket joint connectors may utilize an over-molded strip around the outside of the connector to facilitate in their use for gripping when wrapped around objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2009
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventors: Joeben Bevirt, Freditalo Polito
  • Publication number: 20100254123
    Abstract: A mounting clip for attaching objects, such as flashlights to an article, such as a hat or belt, includes a clip portion dimensioned for attaching the clip to the article and an object mounting portion formed with the clip portion. Objects of different widths are removably yet snugly grasped within the object mounting portion. The clip portion includes upper and lower members defining a slot for receiving the article through a lip of the slot and frictionally securing the clip to the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Brown
  • Publication number: 20100237212
    Abstract: A retaining means comprising: an elongate mounting means; a gripping means; the gripping means comprising a first and second gripping portion, at least one of which is formed at least in part from a flexibly resilient material; each gripping portion being attached to the mounting means; and the first gripping portion having an outer edge positioned in close spatial arrangement with an outer edge of a second gripping portion such that an article may be retained between the outer edge of the first and second gripping portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventor: Dino Arcaro
  • Publication number: 20100193655
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide fastening devices adapted to couple to rigid members and witch may further include attachment features for coupling items to the rigid member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: STABLE SOLUTIONS LLC
    Inventor: Curtis Fleischman
  • Patent number: 7766287
    Abstract: A brush holder designed to hold brushes used to apply liquid coverings to surfaces. The holder is securely attached to the brush. The holder allows the brush to then be supported form the top of the liquid container. The holder further allows the distance between the brush and the container surface to be adjusted as required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Linzer Products Corp.
    Inventor: Frank Marino
  • Publication number: 20100177485
    Abstract: A fixing apparatus is provided for retaining a heat sink to a circuit board. The fixing apparatus includes a mount fixed to the circuit board, two locking members attached to the mount, and a clip. The mount defines a receiving hole accommodating the heat sink. The clip includes a positioning portion abutting against the heat sink, and two retaining arms extending from opposite ends of the positioning portion. The positioning portion presses the heat sink against the circuit board in response to the retaining arms engaging with the locking members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicants: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: ZHEN-XING YE, XIAO-ZHU CHEN
  • Patent number: 7743541
    Abstract: An elongated sign holding extrusion for supporting a sign from an overhead member, comprising an elongated unitarily extruded frame assembly having an upper edge and a lower edge, with a first side portion and a second side portion extending therebetween. An elongated upper receiving-channel is arranged at the upper edge of the frame assembly. An hollow elongated, upper channel is arranged in a spaced-apart, adjacent and parallel manner to the elongated upper receiving channel in said frame assembly. An elongated middle channel contains a pair of elongated biasing members therein for pinchably supporting a poster therebetween. An elongated central channel is spaced adjacent the lower edge of the frame assembly for capture of slidable sign supporting hangers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Rose Displays Ltd
    Inventors: Rebecca C. Suciu, David E. Pitcher, Thomas P. Burrous, Alan L. Stenfors, Sidney Rose
  • Patent number: 7729091
    Abstract: A method and system or mounting a flex cable within a head stack assembly is disclosed. The flex cable has a width. The method and system include providing a top portion and a bottom portion coupled to the top portion. The top portion includes a first top slot and a second top slot therein. The first top slot and the second top slot form a non-zero acute angle. The bottom portion includes a first bottom slot and a second bottom slot therein. The first bottom slot is substantially aligned with the first top slot. The second bottom slot is substantially aligned with the second top slot. A maximum first distance between the first top slot and the first bottom slot equals or exceeds the width. A second maximum distance between the second top slot and the second bottom slot equals or exceeds the width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Lido Huang, Seungman Chang
  • Patent number: 7717388
    Abstract: A display mounting for an ornamental object includes a spring clip having an elongated spring attached at one end and the ornamental object is affixed to the opposite end to be readily attachable to the bill of a cap, Christmas branches etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Inventor: Tony Rizzo
  • Patent number: 7717387
    Abstract: A rail clip for securing a strip heater to a rail that resists removal when subjected to intense vibration, such as when rail cars are passing overhead. The rail clip is configured with a U-shaped rail flange receiving area wherein the opposite sides of this receiving area are configured with at least one tooth each for securing the rail therebetween. For greater securement, multiple teeth on each side of this U-shaped receiving area would be employed and with at least one tooth on each side thereof being in alignment with the other. Furthermore, the teeth on at least one side of this receiving area would include multiple teeth, both pointed and elongated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventor: Sajid Naheem
  • Patent number: 7712718
    Abstract: A holder for supporting a beverage container against an automobile air conditioner/heater grill includes a housing having a base for holding a beverage container bottom, and open top surrounding the beverage container sides, an open back and upstanding sidewalls inner connecting the base and the open top. Sidewalls include an open front for enabling passage of air therethrough and circulation of air around the container sides. A pair of spaced apart ribs extending vertically between the base and the top across the open back and a slidable element disposed between the ribs enable vertical positioning of the housing in front of the grill. Arms, separate from the housing, are provided for engaging the grill and including an interconnecting portion for removably engaging a slidable/deflecting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventor: Werner Schimmeyer
  • Patent number: 7699286
    Abstract: A label holder is provided for mounting on a shelf channel. The label holder includes a front panel, a back panel connected to the front panel with a common bottom edge with a cavity there between. The label holder also has a protective flange along a top edge of the back panel and a shelf clip portion separated from the back panel by a common top edge. The shelf clip portion includes an upward retaining flange for engaging the shelf and includes a downward angled engaging portion terminating in a catch flange and a curved resilient hinge portion that is configured to encompass the catch flange and terminate in an upward flange. The shelf clip portion provides resilient clamping onto the shelf. The catch flange is configured to engage a lower shelf channel flange as the curved resilient hinge wraps an arcuate channel of the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Southern Imperial, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Brinkman, Kirk Lewis
  • Patent number: 7699282
    Abstract: An article holder is provided for supporting a sheet of material on a vertical surface. The article holder includes a backing plate connectable to the vertical surface and a clip operatively connected to the backing plate. The clip includes a face plate and an upper wall interconnecting the upper edge of the face plate and the upper edge of the backing plate. A retaining leg extends from the lower edge of the face plate. The retaining leg moveable between a closed position wherein the terminal end of the retaining leg engages the inner surface of the backing plate and an open position wherein the retaining leg is spaced from the inner surface of the backing plate. The inner surface of the backing plate, the inner surface of the face plate and the inner surface of the upper wall define a cavity for receiving a portion of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Inventors: Richard D. Bushey, Bret L. Bushey
  • Publication number: 20100088964
    Abstract: A snap-in glass carrier engageable with a window regulator assembly for snap fitting a movable door glass with a glass retention hole to the glass carrier is disclosed. The glass carrier may comprise a glass carrier base and a spring finger. The spring finger may extend in a cantilevered fashion from the base and include a barb spaced from the base and engaged with the retention hole. The spring finger may also include a spring finger neck adjacent to the base and connecting to the base at an attachment location, with the spring finger neck being tapered and having a curvature configured to align the attachment location directly under an edge of the glass when the glass is mounted to the glass carrier. The snap-in glass carrier may also include saber-toothed ribs under the barb and a support bridge for the spring finger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Terrence P. Costigan, Gavin J. Brownlie, JR., Andrew J. Stone, John D. Caron
  • Patent number: 7686058
    Abstract: A curtain includes a top rail and a sheet of fabric having a top end connected to the top rail, a handle assembly is connected to a lower end of the sheet of fabric. The handle assembly includes two transverse bars received in the sheet of fabric and two upright bars which are removably connected to the transverse bars via connection members connected to the transverse bars from outside of the sheet of fabric. The upright bars can be separated from the transverse bars so that the curtain can be folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Ching Feng Home Fashions Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Wen Ying Liang, Sheng Ying Hsu, Wu Chung Nien, Chien Chih Huang
  • Publication number: 20100075534
    Abstract: A component assembly (10) used for picking and placing the component assembly includes a component (14-30) having a geometry incapable of being picked and placed or having a geometry that is unstable when placed through a reflow oven. The assembly includes a support member such as a detachable clip (11) having a pick and placeable surface such as a top flat surface (12). The clip attaches to the component to modify a center of gravity to form a stable component assembly once attached to the support member. The component assembly can further include conductive elements (such as a center conductor (17) of a coaxial cable (16) and at least one ground conductor (15)) used for registration with apertures or other surface locations on a substrate (19).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Applicant: MOTOROLA, INC.
    Inventors: George Mtchedlishvili, Joseph Q. Combey, Anthony M. Kakiel
  • Patent number: 7681843
    Abstract: A display and mounting clip, particularly adapted to mount flatware to a display board, has a shank supporting a closed loop through which the displayed item is inserted. Opposed support arms, coupled to the shank, support the item within the loop. The shank is adapted to extend through the mounting board. Flexible locking means extend from the shank and can be placed into a splayed orientation below the mounting board to retain the clip in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Cambridge Silversmiths Ltd., Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas P. McQueeny
  • Publication number: 20100059641
    Abstract: The present invention provides apparatuses for photovoltaic modules, including frameless photovoltaic modules, to structural supports, such as various architectural elements. In addition, the present invention provides methods of mounting photovoltaic modules using the various apparatuses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: EPV Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward N. Twesme, Salvatore G. Staiano, Ding Yu
  • Patent number: 7673409
    Abstract: A sign holder arrangement for the support of a sign from an overhead support. The holder arrangement comprises an upper sign holder assembly clamped upon an upper edge of the sign and a lower sign holder assembly clamped upon a lower edge of the sign. At least one outer support clip is disposed peripherally around the upper sign holder. The clip has a cable attached thereto and to the overhead support to hold the sign therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Rose Displays, Ltd.
    Inventors: David E. Pitcher, Rebecca Suciu, Thomas P. Burrous, Alan L. Stenfors, Sidney Rose
  • Patent number: 7669742
    Abstract: A tactical device holster (TDH) system is described that is a complete carry and deployment solution allowing for split-second deployment of hand-held non-lethal/lethal deployable devices (HNLDD) by tactical personnel. The TDH system allows tactical personnel to deploy HNLDDs without having to disarm because deployment requires only a single hand, and the TDH system indexes the HNLDD in the proper position for deployment. The TDH system allows the HNLDD to go from secure carry to deployment in under one second while not impeding the deadly force option during deployment. The TDH system keeps the fuze lever of the HNLDD fixed in a pre-specified position. The HNLDD is not altered for use with the TDH system and allows quick insertion of the HNLDD. The TDH system supports numerous HNLDDs and tactical pyrotechnic and incendiary devices, and can be fixed to various tactical clothing, vests, holsters, equipment, and vehicle components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Inventor: Derek Rush
  • Publication number: 20100045065
    Abstract: A system and method of installing sensors around a perimeter of a motorized armored vehicle door to detect obstructions between a closing door and a door frame are provided. A safety switch including a plurality of sensors formed of a sensing element molded in a casing is provided. Adjacent sensors are separated from one another by electrical connectors. A clip is used to retrofit the safety switch to the door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: CONTROL SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: ALYN BROWN, JORGE JIMENEZ
  • Patent number: 7661639
    Abstract: An apparatus for displaying an object on a structure is provided. Generally, the apparatus contains a holding portion that is fabricated so as to allow the apparatus to hold to the structure. The apparatus also contains a hook that is capable of allowing the object to be set thereon, and a central loop that is capable of allowing a second object to be situated therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Inventor: Jeffrey Jackson
  • Patent number: 7651063
    Abstract: A suction cup located on an axis has axially opposite front and rear ends. The front end is configured to adhere to a window pane by suction. A post extends along the axis rearward from the rear end and has axially spaced grooves. A bracket is configured to be mounted in any one of the grooves and to hold an item a set distance rearward from the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: The Lamson & Sessions Co.
    Inventor: Bradford Brian Jensen
  • Publication number: 20100012804
    Abstract: An object securing apparatus includes at least two clips detachable from each other and a fastener for coupling the two clips together. The fastener is temporary and configured to allow the first clip and the second clip to rotate independently of each other and to secure a hanging or non-fixed object to a fixed object at any angle. One of the clips is also capable of fitting within the other of the clips for ease of transportation and storage. The clips are also detachable to allow one of the clips to secure the hanging or non-fixed object to another non-fixed, movable object such as a person's wrist for hands-free activity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventor: Richard A. Egan
  • Patent number: 7641356
    Abstract: A bedside flashlight cradle for supporting a flashlight from the side of a bed frame for ready access. The cradle includes a grasper end for connection to the bed frame, a middle section, and a cradle. The grasper end may attach to the bed frame without fastener, for example, by sliding over the vertical side wall of the bed frame. The middle section may cant backward in order to support the flashlight flush with the edge of the bed frame. The cradle may be provided in spaced apart pairs to support the flash light or in other configurations such as an integral unit that has sufficient width to support a flashlight or an integral unit that has a single grasper end of sufficient width with a pair of spaced-apart cradles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventor: Robert F. Pieroth
  • Patent number: 7621495
    Abstract: A chemical reactor clamp for supporting a glassware or equivalent chemical reactor having a neck includes: (a) a central housing; (b) a spring-biased yoke connected to the central housing and extending outwardly therefrom for a attachment to the reactor neck; (c) a female socket on the central housing and adapted to receive a clamp rod; and, (d) a clamp rod locking mechanism on the central housing at the female socket. There is also a combination of the clamp with the rod, as well as a system with the clamp, rod and rod support unit, as well as a system with these components and a second rod (vertical rod) and a vertical rod base, to provide multiple degrees of freedom of movement for the clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Inventor: Li Young
  • Patent number: 7607627
    Abstract: A clip holder for eyeglasses, comprising a holding assembly comprising a wall. Protruding from the wall are first and second lateral walls having a ridge. Extending from the first and second lateral walls and the ridge is a retaining wall having a front wall. The retaining wall and the front wall merge together and terminate at a top wall. The holding assembly further comprises a bracket that extends from the wall. The ridge and the retaining wall have a cooperative shape and dimension to securely suspend eyeglasses. A swivel assembly comprises a hinge and a base wall. A clip assembly has a base wall and a concave wall. The clip assembly is mounted onto the bushing. The clip assembly is mounted onto a car visor, whereby a sufficient force is placed onto the clip assembly to cause the car visor to squeeze in between the ledge and a base wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Inventor: Hamid Mchatet
  • Patent number: 7597296
    Abstract: A clip of the present invention comprises a unitary body having an intermediate section and a first pair of opposing arms with each of the arms having an end portion, the body having an interior surface and an exterior surface, a second pair of opposing arms formed on the exterior surface of the body, each of the second pair of opposing arms having an end portion with the second pair of opposing arms being located between one of the first pair of opposing arms and the intermediate section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Inventor: James F. Conway
  • Publication number: 20090242066
    Abstract: A flexible conduit for routing cable between a source and destination is provided herein. The flexible conduit may have a corrugated cover portion and a generally flat attachment portion for attaching the flexible conduit to an attachment surface or nearby structure. It is contemplated that the flexible conduit may flex in the lateral and/or vertical direction such that the flexible conduit may be intricately routed between the source and destination. It is also contemplated that the attachment portion may be directly attached (e.g., pressure sensitive adhesive, hooks and loops, etc.) to the attachment surface to allow ease of installation without the use of tools. It is also contemplated that the elongate hollow body of the conduit may exhibit a slit opening opposite the attachment portion of the conduit to facilitate non-destructive installation and removal of the cables. It is also contemplated that the attachment portion may be attached to the attachment surface with screws.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventor: James H. McKane
  • Publication number: 20090236486
    Abstract: A clamp including a panel fixing portion and a wire harness holding portion. The wire harness holding portion includes a holding portion main unit with a U-shaped groove with an open upper portion and a cover portion. A plurality of protruding ribs are formed on the inner wall surface on the bottom surface side of the holding portion main unit and extend lengthwise with respect to the wire harnesses from the mid-height position of the U-shaped groove, the open portion upward from the mid-height position of the U-shaped groove being wide enough to accommodate more wire harnesses above the mid-height position. The cover portion is formed with an elastic harness pressing tab for elastically pressing down on the upper portion of the wire harnesses, so that the entire outer periphery of the wire harnesses are elastically pressed down upon when covered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Applicant: NEWFREY LLC
    Inventors: Hiroto MATSUNO, Kiyohito SAKAKIBARA
  • Patent number: 7591445
    Abstract: A trim molding assembly including a component having an attachment portion, at least one retainer in which the component and the retainer attach to one another, at least one clip on the retainer, and at least one detent area on the component. The component contacts the retainer clip, such that the attachment portion of the component is placed between the clip and a plurality of surfaces of the retainer. The attachment portion of the component extends through a first detent area and connects a first detent side of the first detent area and a second detent side of the first detent area. The attachment portion has a greater length than the clip such that the component changes positions with respect to the retainer while maintaining the connection between the retainer and the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Magna International
    Inventor: Christopher John Kuntze
  • Publication number: 20090228005
    Abstract: The subject devices and methods retain surgical instruments and sterile portions of any accompanying cables within sterile surgical fields. One such surgical device includes a surgical instrument for performing surgical procedures within a sterile field. A cable is attached to the surgical instrument for connecting the surgical instrument located within the sterile field to support equipment located outside the sterile field. A self-retracting coil is operatively connected to the surgical instrument. The self-retracting coil is adapted and configured to be anchored within the sterile field to ensure that the surgical instrument and the sterile portion of the cable remain within the sterile field during performance of the surgical procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventors: Paul A. Glazer, John Finkenberg
  • Patent number: 7584845
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved structure of wrench rack. The structure includes a rack, a sliding board and at least one lock piece. The rack has a sliding groove and a plurality of clips that are provided on both sides of the sliding groove in pairs. Every pair of clips is spaced in parallel for retaining different sizes of wrenches. Each of the clips consists of two opposite jaws, one of the jaws is equipped with an elastic piece to press on the wrench, and thus the wrench is retained between the jaws stably. The sliding board connects in sliding with the rack, and a plurality of positioning hooks are provided on one side of the sliding board in parallel, the positioning hooks can grip wrenches by sliding with the sliding board, so as to prevent the wrench from taking out. The lock piece can lock the sliding board on the rack when the positioning hook locks the wrench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventor: Chin-Shun Cheng
  • Patent number: 7584931
    Abstract: A case holding mechanism includes a holding member and a member to be held thereby, one being mounted to the case and another to a body to which the case is to be held. The member to be held includes a first pair of parallel guide portions and another pair of parallel guide portions perpendicular to the one paired guide portions. The holding member disposed to be movable with respect to the guide portions therealong in a state restricted in thickness direction of the guide portions and adapted to hold the member to be held. The holding member includes a pair of slide portions slidable along outer surfaces of one paired guide portions, a lock portion extending between the paired slide portions in parallel with the one paired guide portions and engaged with the other paired guide portions, and a base portion connecting the slide portions and the lock portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Toyo Roki Seizo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroyasu Ohsawa, Kazuya Matsuura, Takashi Sakagami, Kouichi Ikuma
  • Publication number: 20090218464
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided an assembling structure including: a mounting member having a mounting seat; and a clip having a head and a leg. The head includes: a neck portion; and first and second flanges outwardly protrudes therefrom to sandwich the mounting seat therebetween, wherein the mounting seat includes: a hole having a diameter larger than that of the neck portion; a groove formed to communicate the hole with outside the mounting seat; and a projection protruding from a peripheral edge of the hole, wherein the second flange includes: an inner face radially-outwardly extending therefrom to gradually come close to the first flange; a top portion; and an outer face further extending to gradually separate from the first flange, and wherein the inner face abuts the projection in an assembled state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Applicant: PIOLAX, INC.
    Inventors: Kouichi Kato, Nobuya Shinozaki, Hiroshi Nakazato
  • Patent number: 7578486
    Abstract: A drip hose hanger comprises a body including a saddle portion and structure for securing the body to a support. The saddle portion includes an inside surface to support a portion of the hose and is provided with axial grooves to minimize twisting of the hose within the saddle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Inventor: Jim Taylor
  • Patent number: 7570248
    Abstract: A mouse has a storable hook module, which is stored within the main body of the mouse in most circumstance. In a case that the notebook computer is carried to another place, the hook module should be protruded from the main body of the mouse and then secured onto lock hole at a side wall of the notebook computer, so that the mouse is attached onto the notebook computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Primax Electronics Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Hung Lin, Hsiao-Lung Chiang, Chih-Ling Lin, Yu-Chih Cheng
  • Patent number: 7565760
    Abstract: The invention relates to a board that can be used especially as a board for a door in offices or administrative buildings. A base body (1) of said board comprises guiding grooves (2, 3) for an information carrier (4), on two opposing edges thereof, and a cover (5). Clamping slides (15) that can be introduced into a central groove (6) of the base body (1) are used to secure the position of the information carrier (4) and the cover (5), at least one of said slides being provided preferably with at least one display panel (23) that can be pivoted back and forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: “Durable” Hunke & Jochheim GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Horst-Werner Maier-Hunke
  • Publication number: 20090174223
    Abstract: An integrated bracket for attaching multiple components to a vehicle instrument panel reinforcement includes a first attachment portion and a second attachment portion. The first attachment portion is configured to receive a first component and the second attachment portion is configured to receive a second component. The integrated bracket also includes at least one flange for attaching the integrated bracket to an instrument panel reinforcement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2008
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Warren Penner, Atsushi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 7556232
    Abstract: An apparatus for securely displaying a pair of eyeglasses comprising a mounting member adapted to be securely attached to a display fixture, a base member coupled to the mounting member having a first end and a second end, and, a cap member having a first end and a second end. The base member and the cap member are pivotally coupled together near the first ends thereof such that the apparatus is moveable between an open configuration wherein the second ends of the cap member and the base member are spaced apart from each other and a closed configuration wherein the second ends of the cap member and the base member are in close proximity to each other. The second ends of the cap member and the base member have corresponding releasably locking features thereon configured to releasably lock the apparatus in the closed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: 20/20 Marketing Ltd.
    Inventor: Robert G. Begg
  • Patent number: 7536815
    Abstract: A sign system with a frame and at least one sign. The sign has at least one protruding ridge extending from the backside with the ridge having a narrow neck portion proximate the backside. At least one clamping unit is fixed to the frame with at least one pair of clamps to securely the neck portion of the ridge such that the frame is reversibly but securely fastened to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: King's System (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventor: Kin Ngam Cheung
  • Patent number: 7527231
    Abstract: A device for holding shower accessories has an attaching element formed as a vacuum attaching element and having an axis, the attaching element being attachable to a surface in a plurality of positions by turning the attaching element around its axis, a holding element connected with the attaching element and pivotable between an operative position in which one end of the holding element applies a pressure on the attaching element and causes the attaching element to be vacuum attached to the surface and an inoperative position in which the holding element is turned relative to the attaching element from the operative position, the holding element having another end which is opposite to the end applying pressure to the attaching element, the opposite end being provided with a tubular channel having a second axis extending transversely to the first axis of the attaching element and formed so as to receive a shower accessory turnably around the second axis, so that the shower accessory can be spatially oriented
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Inventors: Eli Zhadanov, Sam Zhadanov
  • Publication number: 20090090833
    Abstract: A mounting device for a portable communication device, the mounting device comprising: a mounting base, the mounting base comprising: an attaching end located at a first end of the mounting base; a non-attaching end located at a second end of the mounting base; a centerline defined as running generally along the center the mounting base between the attaching end and the non-attaching end a smooth surface located adjacent to the attaching end and running generally along the center line of the mounting base; an attaching surface located generally collinear to the smooth surface, and adjacent to the smooth surface and adjacent to the non-attaching end; at least one clipping member rotatably attached to the mounting base, and configured to clip the mounting device to an object and allow the mounting base to rotate, upon applying a rotative force greater than a threshold amount, relative to the clipping member and the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Inventor: Bernard B. Daraz
  • Publication number: 20090079223
    Abstract: A D-ring for use with a visor in a vehicle is disclosed. The D-ring includes a body and a pin arranged between two surfaces of the body. The D-ring also includes a leg extending from the body and an arm extending from a side of the body wherein that arm is generally parallel to the leg. The D-ring also includes a locking ridge extending from an inside surface of the arm and a flange extending from the body substantially parallel to and in spaced relationship to the arm for receiving and holding a planar object between the flange and the arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Applicant: Irvin Automotive Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Wieczorek, Leslie Hinds