Clip Patents (Class 248/316.7)
  • Publication number: 20090045310
    Abstract: An application for a decoration clip includes a portion for inserting between a facial board of a roof and a drip guard and a portion for interfacing with an outer surface of the drip guard. The substantially flat insertion surface is connected to the substantially flat outlay surface, thereby forming an elongated U-shape when viewed from a side. A device for holding the decoration is situated on an outer surface of the portion for interfacing with an outer surface of the drip guard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventor: John B. Koesema, JR.
  • Patent number: 7472561
    Abstract: The present invention provides a retaining clip for securing an air conditioning evaporator coil to a drain pan. The retaining clip has a U-shaped body formed from a single piece of material, wherein parallel panels for the sides of the U. One side of the U is longer than the other. A tab is formed from the end of the side panel that constitutes the longer side of the U, wherein the tab points toward the center of the U and is approximately perpendicular to the sides of the U. The retaining clip is mounted over a side wall of the drain pan, with the tab securing the clip in place by fitting underneath a section of the drain pan wall that projects outward from the general plane of the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Advanced Distributor Products LLC
    Inventors: Charles David Biggers, James W. Pickle
  • Patent number: 7464475
    Abstract: A concealed spoon in milk powder container is disclosed. The concealed spoon comprising a spoon seat and a measuring spoon, characterized in that the lateral side of the spoon seat has a clipping plate having an arch-shaped interior slot and an opening slot within the clipping plate, which are used to secure the spoon seat at the internal wall of the milk powder container proximity to the protruded circular lid of the container and the measuring spoon is held within the spoon seat, or the lateral side of the measuring spoon is a handle having an end section provided with an internal slot and an open slot which are used to directly secure the measuring spoon to the protruded circular lid proximity to the top section of the internal wall of the milk powder container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Inventor: Charng-Shing Tsao
  • Publication number: 20080295835
    Abstract: A retainer clip configured to engage a tubing member includes a base portion and a clamp portion which may be formed as a unitary structure. The base portion is generally disc-shaped and has a front side and a back side. The clamp portion is disposed on the base portion and extends upwardly from the front side and comprises a spaced pair of clamp fingers which collectively define a slot that opens into a channel. The channel is adapted to frictionally engage the tubing member. The back side includes a layer of adhesive for adhering the retainer clip to the patient such as to the patient's skin. An interface assembly for delivering gas from a gas source to a patient includes a user interface, at least one tubing member extending from the user interface, and at least one of the retainer clips configured to anchor the tubing member to the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventors: Steve Han, Steve Duquette, Terry Blansfield, Terry Shum
  • Publication number: 20080272073
    Abstract: A support member is provided that includes a body defining a first channel configured to engage a main spine of a folding rack and a second channel perpendicularly disposed with respect to the first channel and configured to engage a wire member of a dishwasher rack so as to secure the folding rack thereto. The body further defines an aperture configured to receive therethrough one of a plurality of tines of the folding rack. The aperture can define horizontal and vertical support portions configured to support the tine when the folding rack is in folded and unfolded positions, respectively. The aperture can further define an arcuate channel extending between the horizontal support portion and the vertical support portion, the arcuate channel being configured to axially displace the tine along the longitudinal axis as the tine is moved between the horizontal support portion and the vertical support portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Publication date: November 6, 2008
    Inventors: Michael Bryan Pike, Ronald Gene Tynes, John C. Bragg
  • Publication number: 20080164185
    Abstract: A clamp is designed for accepting a mail piece at a loading station, and for releasably holding the mail piece while the mail piece is moved to an unloading station via a sorting system. The clamp is manipulated in the sorting system, instead of manipulating the mail piece held by the clamp. The clamp includes jaws for releasably holding the mail piece, plus a machine readable identifier, plus a mechanism for engaging with the sorting system. The clamp's identifier includes clamp information which uniquely identifies the clamp. The clamp information is for use by the sorting system, in combination with address information on the mail piece, to enable sortation of the mail piece held by the clamp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Inventor: Denis J. Stemmle
  • Publication number: 20080156754
    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: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventor: CHIN-SHUN CHENG
  • Patent number: 7350537
    Abstract: A valve mounting bracket that has generally opposing first and second clamping components to hold a valve body in position relative to the bracket. The first clamping component is positioned to engage the valve body and bias the valve body into rigid contact with the second clamping component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventor: John P. Honermann
  • Patent number: 7331554
    Abstract: An eyeglasses clamping device includes: a first casing half; a second casing half pivoted to the first casing half and pivotable relative to the first casing half between first and second angular positions, the first and second casing halves defining an inner space therebetween when the second casing half is disposed at the first angular position; and a resilient member secured to the first casing half and having a free end portion that extends into the inner space and that is spaced apart from the first and second casing halves in such a manner to permit the free end portion to urge temples of aneyeglasses, whichare adaptedtobe disposed between the free end portion and the second casing half, against the second casing half when the second casing half is disposed at the first angular position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Inventor: Hsi-Chou Cheng
  • 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: 20070290111
    Abstract: An improved wire clip 10 to better keep hung garments 22 separated when suspending onto clotheslines 30. Also useful for hanging banners 22, the clip 10 offers a non-symmetrically centered axis 20 which is perpendicular to the line 30. A friction body 14 provides a pressure means by a fulcrum locus 14-A opposing a counter locus 14-B; a catch tail 16 is provided for suspending the garment 22. The weight of the suspended garment 22 leverages the body 14 at the non-symmetrical axis 20 which disposes the fulcrum 14-A, and opposes the counter 14-B to create increased pressure onto the line 30.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2006
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Inventor: Ricardo Alonso
  • Publication number: 20070269712
    Abstract: A clipping mechanism and electronic apparatus are provided. The clipping mechanism for clipping an object comprises a casing and a sliding device. The casing has a socket for containing the object. The sliding device disposed on the casing, has a clipping bump and sliding between a first position and a second position along a first direction. When the sliding device slides to the second position, the sliding device selectively moves forward and backward to the object along a second direction. When the sliding device slides between the first position and the second position, the clipping bump limits the object to be clipped with the socket. When the sliding device is located at the second position and slides away from the object toward a third position along the second direction, the clipping bump is separated from the object such that the object can be removed from the socket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2007
    Publication date: November 22, 2007
    Applicant: BENQ CORPORATION
    Inventor: U-lin Ju
  • Patent number: 7278765
    Abstract: A holding device for supporting electric or battery-operated window candles in an upright vertical position for viewing through a window. The holding device is comprised of a horizontally extending U-shaped support base, and a vertically extending clip for attaching to a window sash which connects the support base and candle to the window. The support base accommodates a design that holds the candle base in a stationary position while the opposite end abuts the clip and window sash. The clip is attached to the window sash where said sash meets the window sill and extends upwardly. The support base and candle are connected to the window by attaching the back wall of the base to the clip that abuts the window sash. The profile and design does not impede access to normal window functions leaving space between the candle and window handle for grasping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Inventors: James Cooper, R. Matthew Minielly, Dale Hunter
  • Patent number: 7240714
    Abstract: A system for suspending a free-hanging shade material in an architectural opening includes a panel of shade material and brackets that can be mounted to the top edge of the framework around the architectural opening even when the top edge is not straight or horizontally disposed. The top edge of the panel has reinforcement strips operatively connected thereto which are releasably connected to the brackets. The system is useful in conventional rectangular architectural openings or openings of unusual shapes and sizes such as semi-circular or having an inclined top edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Terrence M. Drew, Stephen P. Smith, James L. Miller
  • Patent number: 7229051
    Abstract: A support device for supporting at least one medical wire adjacent a supporting surface. The support device comprises a plate-shaped holder portion defining a peripheral edge, the holder portion comprising a support slot defining a loading opening made in the peripheral edge of the holder portion, a holder well made transversely in the holder portion spacedly from its peripheral edge, and a channel made transversely in the holder portion and extending between the holder well and the loading opening. The holder well is dimensioned such that it is broader than the medical wire the support device is destined to support. The support device further comprises attachment means connected to the holder portion for attaching the support device to the supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Inventor: Robert Mailhot, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7219869
    Abstract: A pen or pencil holder that can be mounted on many different surfaces and which can easily be re-located is shown. The holder has two main parts, a trumpet-shaped holder that has a resilient lining, and a base plate that attaches to a surface such as a table, desk, or wall. Six or more different types of base plates are shown, any of which can be selected to suit the desired location of the installation. The base plates shown include styles that can be affixed to the selected support surface with resilient rubber pads, magnets, spring clamps, suction cups, slip-on holders, and hook-and-loop fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Inventor: Ruben B. Whittington
  • Patent number: 7217031
    Abstract: A device housing with a generally semicircular clip assembly for attaching the device housing to a cylindrical object, for example tubing, is disclosed. The clip assembly includes a helical coil spring for biasing the generally semicircular clip against the device housing. In the preferred embodiment, a timekeeping device is incorporated within the device housing. The device housing with timekeeping device may be securely clipped to stethoscope tubing. Also disclosed in the present invention is an inexpensive method of placing multicolor advertising upon a device housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Inventor: Dilip Bhavnani
  • Patent number: 7188815
    Abstract: A box prong anchor includes first and second prongs in spaced relation, and a tether connected between the prongs allowing the prongs to bend toward each other without restriction from the tether and to bend away from each other only with corresponding movement of the other of the prongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Illnois Tool Works Inc
    Inventor: Rex J. Peterson
  • Patent number: 7178777
    Abstract: An adjustable tension clip selectively retains a tool. The clip includes a pair of resilient clip members positioned in spaced-apart, parallel alignment. Each of the clip members provides in sequence, from a proximal mounting end of the clip member to a distal clamping end of the clip member; a proximal planar section; a proximal C-shaped section; a medial planar section; a distal C-shaped section; a distal arcuate section; and a terminal outwardly-flared section for receiving the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Inventor: Bret H. Banker
  • Patent number: 7178776
    Abstract: A mounting device for contactlessly-operating proximity switches includes a continuous cylindrical or cuboidal recess for holding the proximity switch which is formed by at least two legs. The mounting device can also include at least one through pocket, connected to the recess, into which an actuating tool can fit. The recess of the mounting device, when in a relieved state, has a smaller diameter than the proximity switch which is to be mounted. Additionally, the recess can be spread into an enlarged state by the actuating tool being positioned into the pocket and turned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: IFM Electronic GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Buck, Franz Sauter, Berthold Schocker
  • Patent number: 7168389
    Abstract: A banner-carrying apparatus which reduces the folding and winding up of the banner or flag about the banner-carrying pole by using a tubular sleeve coaxially, annularly and rotatively mounted about a flag pole shaft. Low friction bearing surfaces allow the sleeve to freely rotate unwinding, through the force of gravity, a flag which has been wound upon it. Specialized clamps provide adjustable and releasable securing of the flag to the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Inventor: Gregory H. Piedmont
  • Patent number: 7140492
    Abstract: A combination includes a dispenser package having a sheet of material with an opening for dispensing at least one item therefrom and a cap assembly attached to the sheet of material and surrounding the opening, the cap assembly including a flange. The combination also includes a holder including a front wall having an interior face, an exterior face and an aperture extending between the interior and exterior faces. The dispenser package is insertable into the holder so that a portion of the cap assembly passes through the aperture of the front wall with the sheet of material opposing the interior face of the holder and the flange opposing the exterior face of the holder, wherein the flange includes a portion that extends beyond the aperture of the front wall for preventing the flange from passing through the aperture when the dispenser package is inserted into the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Nice-Pak Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert P. Julius
  • Patent number: 7137151
    Abstract: An improved writing implement holder adapted to be removably attached to headwear having a headband. The writing implement holder has an attaching member connected to a holding member to form a channel for holding a writing implement. The attaching member has a hook portion adapted for insertion into the headband of headwear, thereby removably securing the device to the headwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Inventor: Steve Keech
  • Patent number: 7131170
    Abstract: An integrally formed locking clip has a unitary body and downwardly extending lateral side arms. The clip is made of resiliently flexible material which allows the side arms to extend over and around the top support member of a push broom head and attach to the broom head. The clip has an upper section consisting of a threaded opening which is configured to accept and threadably engage the threaded end connection of the handle of the push broom. When so engaged, the handle is securely mounted on and along the longitudinal axis of the broom head. The upper section of the clip may be formed of a closed circular threaded ring or a partially opened threaded cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Quickie Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Jace A. Weaver
  • Patent number: 7036778
    Abstract: A C-ring clips to an edge of tableware. The C-ring has a rearwardly extending shaft supporting a ball. A gripping device rotates on the ball and supports a shelf. A fixture capable of displaying an ornament or name card is attached to the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Inventor: Janis I. Ferrell
  • Patent number: 7007421
    Abstract: A display assembly including a plurality of clips of resiliently flexible material, each of which clips has a rear portion, a front portion laying along a front surface of the rear portion, and an arcuate end portion joining ends of the rear and front portions and defining a passageway transverse of the front, rear, and end portions. A plurality of lengths of stretch release adhesive releasably adhere rear surfaces of the clips to a surface in a pattern determined by a person applying the display assembly; and at least one resiliently elastic cord is positioned to extend between the clips and through the passageways in the clips to form a web-like structure between the clips. The clips and cord are decoratively colored, so that the display assembly can be used only as a decorative assembly, or can be used to support one or more objects along the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Jon A. Kirschhoffer, Roger T. Hager
  • Patent number: 6962315
    Abstract: A clamping device includes elongated first and second butt housings that are connected pivotally to each other and that have free ends, which are locked relative to each other by a releasable locking unit. Two aligned first large notches in two side walls of the first butt housing and two aligned second large notches in two side walls of the second butt housing constitute a confining hole unit that is adapted to permit extension of an article. Elastic first and second pressing elements are disposed respectively within the first and second butt housings, and are adapted to clamp the article therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Inventors: Ching-Chang Lee, Ample Lee
  • Patent number: 6948692
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a mounting clip that facilitates easy installation and removal of protective shields for PTVs and other video display units. The clip preferably comprises a base attached to the protective shield and a thin walled body extending from the base. An forward lobe of the body includes a generally semi-circular nose and a locking member protruding from the body adjacent the base of the nose. A rear lobe of the body is preferably non-contiguous at a base end on the same side of the body from which the locking member protrudes to form a spring-like lever arm. The base end of the lever arm is preferably bent inwardly to form a push or handle member. In operation, the clip snaps into predetermined grooves positioned about the periphery of the display unit screen. Once inserted into the groove, the locking member abuts a stepped surface formed in the wall of the groove to removably lock the clip in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Daniel Leachman
  • Patent number: 6929223
    Abstract: An article holder comprising bifurcated arms extending upwardly from a base to receive and hold articles inserted downwardly into the holder within cushioning, resilient fingers extending inwardly from the bifurcated arms to engage the inserted article and wherein the fingers have incoming engagement surfaces connected, with an air space between, to exiting engagement surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Stearns Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Hancock, Jeffrey D. Hancock
  • Patent number: 6923411
    Abstract: An attachment device for attaching office products or equipment to a panel wall that includes generally two elements: a locking member and at least one, and generally two, prong members. The locking member includes a base. Extended outward from the front face of the base is a key member for interaction with a keyhole on an office supply product. The key includes a stem portion and a knob portion and the stem portion is truncated so that the vertical dimension is smaller than the horizontal dimension. The key is inserted into the circular opening of a keyhole on an office supply product, is slid up into the slot portion of the keyhole and is then rotated 90° thereby locking the attachment device to the office product. The pins can be inserted into a panel wall thereby removeably attaching the office supply product to the panel wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: Officemate International Corp.
    Inventors: Peter Chen, Kevin Hui-Lien Lee, Jungkun Lee
  • Patent number: 6899310
    Abstract: A cage spacer for spacing reinforcing rods or welded fabric a specified distance from mold walls for poring concrete during construction projects. The cage spacer comprises two intersection legs in a V shape. The legs each have a clip portion for engaging and capturing the rods or welded fabric such that the cage spacers are oriented this their apex in a plane parallel to the plane of the face of the rods and the face of a mold. The clips are oriented perpendicular to the plane of the face of the rods or welded fabric such that the clips are attached by applying a force perpendicular to the plane of the rods. A pointed apex on the top of the cage spacer reduced the footprint of the cage spacer on the wall of the mold for a stronger wall when the molded concrete is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Inventor: Julian P. Trangsrud
  • Patent number: 6892880
    Abstract: A PDA holding unit and holding case therefor, for securing and holding in place a personal digital assistant (PDA) device. The PDA holding unit includes a base member having an upper surface for receiving and holding a PDA device and a lower surface. The upper surface having a plurality of gripping elements thereon for frictionally engaging the PDA device. The PDA holding unit also includes a first gripping arm movably attached to a first side of the base member for engaging and holding the PDA device in place on the base member; and a second gripping arm attached to a second side of the base member for engaging and holding the PDA device in place on the base member. The PDA holding unit further includes third and fourth gripping arms attached to one end of the base member for engaging and holding the PDA device in place on the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Motion Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Julian Nieves
  • Patent number: 6886794
    Abstract: A tissue box holder includes a frame composed of a generally planar base and a normally upstanding sidewall attached to, and surrounding, the base within which a tissue box can be seated. A gripping device is provided for gripping the tissue box mounted on the sidewall. At least one portion of the sidewall is hingedly coupled to the planar base for movement between a open position, in which the at least one portion is pivoted away from adjacent portions of the sidewall of the frame, and a closed position, in which the at least one portion is pivoted to an upright position abutting the adjacent portions of the upstanding sidewall of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Inventor: Ronald M. Pollack
  • Patent number: 6848660
    Abstract: An apparatus for displaying an object on a structure is provided. Generally, the structure of the apparatus contains a holding portion that is fabricated so as to allow the apparatus to hold the structure. The apparatus also contains a hook portion that is capable of allowing the object to be set thereon, and a central loop portion that is capable of allowing a second object to be situated therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Inventor: Jeffrey Jackson
  • Patent number: 6840461
    Abstract: An adapter clamp that enables a delivery system to be connected to an aerosol can. The adapter clamp includes a pair of body members oriented in a side-by-side relationship having an arcuate cutout in an medial face that combine to form an aperture through which the delivery system contacts the aerosol can. Each body member has an arcuate neck with an outward protruding toe extending from a bottom surface thereof configured to be received in an annular recess of the aerosol can and engage a rim of the can. The adapter clamp also includes at least one connector slidably joining the body members such that the members are adapted to slide between a spread configuration wherein the members have a gap between the body members and a compressed configuration wherein the members substantially abut each other so that the toes may be inserted past the rim and into the recess of the aerosol can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: Whitmire Micro-Gen Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Terrence R. Burke, Lee M. White, Jonathan D. Berger
  • Publication number: 20040262458
    Abstract: A sensor support for a motor vehicle, the support comprising an assembly base carrier for receiving a sensor, wherein the assembly base is shaped so as to be secured to two portions of a bar in a grille, said portions being situated in alignment with each other but being spaced apart so as to leave room for a sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2004
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Applicant: Compagnie Plastic Omnium
    Inventors: Jean-Yves Demange, Pierre Montanvert, Fabrice Ollier
  • Publication number: 20040211871
    Abstract: A box hanging device comprises a backing member having an arm and a flexible panel section projecting therefrom. The arm is adaptable for insertion into an object and the flexible panel section is capable of flexing inwardly to permit the arm to be inserted and removed from the box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Inventors: Robert R. Turvey, Bethanne L. Valentine
  • Publication number: 20040200938
    Abstract: A retainer holds a bag to be removably positioned in waste baskets, trash cans, supermarket bag dispensers, etc., with the bag having a body portion terminating in a pair of opposing loop-type handles, and the body portion of the bag being adapted and positioned for placement generally adjacent to a first interior surface portion of a rigid receiving receptacle. The retainer includes a generally horizontal central member, at least two opposing leg members, and an extension member. The opposing leg members depend from the central member, and the leg members are dimensioned and positioned for receiving a rim portion of the receptacle therebetween. The extension member extends from the central member in a direction opposite the leg members, with the extension member being dimensioned to receive the loop-type handle to retain the bag in a predetermined position and location, thereby suspending the bag generally adjacent to the receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2003
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventor: Joseph Forlivio
  • Patent number: 6802484
    Abstract: An accessory holder designed to attach to a stand. The stand has a lower tube, a locking collet on the top of the lower tube, and a mast extending upward from the locking collet. The accessory holder has a top mount with a mast receiver that slips around the mast just over the top of the locking collet. The accessory holder also has a clip designed to slip around and engage the mast below the locking collet in the order to lock the holder to the stand. A variety of holding devices can be affixed to the accessory holder, including devices configured to hold an ashtray, a beverage, and a pick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Inventors: Kevin J. Kiley, Danny Joe Crutchfield, David B. Thompson, Johnny W Mills
  • Patent number: 6793185
    Abstract: A sign support comprises a rear portion (1) and a front portion (2) interconnected by a flexible hinge (3), and means for adjusting the inclination of the front portion (2) relative to the rear portion (1). An abutment element (12) is connected by a breakable connection (13) to one of said rear and front portions (1 and 2) and defines with the latter a trough (12) of which one free edge constitutes an abutment to define a first position, substantially vertical, of the front portion (2), said abutment element (12) being adapted to be removed by rupture of the breakable connection (13) to define a second position of the front portion (2) of downward inclination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Store Electronic Systems - Electronic Shelf Label
    Inventor: Bernard Joliey
  • Publication number: 20040178313
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for holding and organizing articles that provides for easy addition of new holding elements to the system without the need to disturb existing system elements. The system includes holding “clips” that are deployable on the system “rail” by inserting a portion of the clip through a slot in the rail, at substantially any point along the length of the slot. The clip then lockingly engages the rail at substantially any point along the length of the slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2003
    Publication date: September 16, 2004
    Inventor: Meir Oren
  • Patent number: 6789557
    Abstract: A portable and collapsible sunshade apparatus which can be conveniently folded up and carried in a bag so that the sunshade apparatus can be easily transported to the beach or other locations for attachment to a beach chair or lounge chair through use of a novel attachment clip. The universal clip enables any type of sunshade apparatus to be attached to any type of beach chair or lounge chair at any desired height above the occupant of the chair and at any desired angular orientation relative to the chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventor: Gene Wahl, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6779771
    Abstract: A dual extrusion hinged sign hanger hangs from the ceiling and holds signs, banners, posters, and any other sheet type of display material. Display material can be easily changed within a smooth non-damaging holder portion which opens for free non-friction insertion of the display material. The closure has flexible tabs on one side and a smooth flexible curved surface to hold the display material against the tabs. The closure acts perpendicularly to the display material with a snap together closure that does not come in contact with the display material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Inventors: John Ostrovsky, Geoff Borg
  • Publication number: 20040149878
    Abstract: A wall-mountable holder (1) for retaining an article such as a bicycle. The holder (1) comprises a support frame (2) having a wall-mounting bracket (6), and a pair of jaws (3, 4) pivotally mounted to the support frame (2) to define an article-receiving region between the jaws (3, 4). The jaws (3, 4) are moveable between an open position and a closed position, and the jaws (3, 4) can releasably lock to the support frame (2) when in the closed position. When a bicycle wheel is urged against proximal ends of the jaws (3, 4), the jaws (3, 4) pivot to the closed position, the jaws (3, 4) lock to the support frame (2) and the jaws (3, 4) retain the wheel. When the wheel is pulled away from the proximal ends, the jaws (3, 4) pivot to the open position and enable the wheel to be removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2003
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Inventors: Stephen David Gierke, Glenn Bevan, Daniel Luther Missenden
  • Patent number: 6737791
    Abstract: A spring clip (10) has a base (12) in a first plane and has an aperture (14) centrally located therein. U-shaped projections (16) and (18) are provided on the base (12) and are formed from first and second upstanding walls (200 and (22) and third and fourth walls (24) and (26), at each end of the base (12). A first lip (28) extends orthogonally between the first wall and second wall in a second plane and a second lip (29) extends orthogonally between the third wall and fourth wall, also in the second plane. The second plane is substantially parallel to the first plane but spaced therefrom. Extensions (30) and (32) are formed with the first wall and the third wall and project away from them. The extension are in substantially the same plane as base (12) and at least one flag (34) can be formed with at least one of the extensions. The flags (34) project away from the extensions (32) in a plane transverse to the first and second planes and allow the clips to be attached to a frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Osram Sylvania Inc.
    Inventors: Ebon L. McCullough, David J. Lamprey, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20040089769
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device for fixing a functional member to a structural part of a motor vehicle, the device comprising:
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2003
    Publication date: May 13, 2004
    Applicant: Compagnie Plastic Omnium
    Inventors: Pascal Carrier, Hugues Cheron, Gerald Andre
  • Publication number: 20040083580
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a rug clip for hanging a rug from a door of a display rack. The rug clip includes a channel-shaped bracket including a top portion having a bottom surface, a front leg extending from a first edge of the top portion, and a rear leg extending from a second edge of the top portion opposite the first edge, wherein the front leg and the rear leg are approximately perpendicular in relation to the top portion. A clipping mechanism is mounted to the front leg for gripping the rug. And a non-slip material is attached to the bottom surface of the top portion to prevent the rug clip from sliding off the end of the door when the door is swung about its hinges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2003
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Inventor: Stuart Gerson
  • Publication number: 20040069920
    Abstract: A holder for a powered device with a power supply, where the holder includes a cradle for seating the powered device, and a seating member for seating the power supply. The seating member and the cradle are preferably removably attached to each other at a pivot point. Preferably, the cradle and the seating member can be arranged together for holding the powered device in either a first or a second arrangement. In the first arrangement, the power supply is seated on the seating member and the cradle is attached to the seating member such that the power supply may be plugged into a wall outlet with the power supply and the powered device being fully supported against the wall by the holder. In the second arrangement, the power supply is not seated on said seating unit, but the seating unit is instead used as a base for the cradle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Publication date: April 15, 2004
    Applicant: Wahl Clipper Corporation
    Inventor: Keith W. Dirks
  • Patent number: 6708933
    Abstract: A clamp includes a locking element (4) and an element (6) for hooking to a support (3). The hooking element (6) is made integral with the locking element and is equipped with first hooking means (14) and second hooking means (16), which are of different types and are located on opposite sides of the hooking element (6). The locking element (4) includes a pair of jaws (18) that are arranged to mate together and are made integral, on either side, with the hooking element, as well as detachable locking means (26, 27, 28) for connecting the jaws (18) together in a working position in which the jaws (18) lie essentially parallel and abut one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: ITW Automotive Italia S.R.L.
    Inventor: Franco Girodo
  • Patent number: 6691374
    Abstract: An eyeglasses holder that includes a frame and a displaceable holding member. The frame may be integrally formed from a single piece of flexible, resilient material such as plastic or metal. The frame includes a base section and a holding section. These sections are connected to one another at a first pair of their ends while a second end of one of the sections is separated the section to form an entrance. The sections define between them a receiving space that is opened at opposite sides. In one embodiment, the entrance is normally sufficiently closed to bar the crossed temple bars or arms of a pair of eyeglasses. The resiliency of the frame allows the entrance to be enlarged sufficiently to allow the arms to pass through the entrance and into the receiving space, and to later pass outwardly through the entrance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventor: Mark Coyne