Knockdown Or Collapsible Patents (Class 248/460)
  • Patent number: 10336131
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a framed canvas. The framed canvas includes a frame including at least two sides, each of the at least two sides including a front surface and a rear surface, the rear surface of at least one of the at least two sides including a cavity, a canvas sheet contacting each of the at least two sides, and at least one support, the at least one support including a first end and a second end, the first end configured to extend into the cavity, the second end configured to contact a base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Alycia D'Avino
  • Patent number: 10238206
    Abstract: A desktop stand is provided that includes at least two substantially cylindrical bodies in contact with each other and an extension hinging from one of the cylindrical bodies. The extension is movable to an open position and a closed position. The extension completes a circumference of the other of the cylindrical bodies when in the closed position and is configured to accept a mobile device in the open position to support the mobile device in an upright position for ease of viewing content displayed in its graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher Bocci
  • Patent number: 10028585
    Abstract: An easel includes a main frame including a prop in front, a first supporting frame to support the main frame, and a tilting unit. An upper end portion of the first supporting frame is rotatably coupled to the main frame. One end portion of the tilting unit is rotatably coupled to the main frame, the other end portion of the tilting unit is rotatably coupled to the first supporting frame to adjust a tilt angle of the first supporting frame with respect to the main frame and is detachable to be adjustably positioned along a length direction of the first supporting unit. The easel can adjust a tilt angle as desired and reliably maintain an adjusted tilt angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Jong Moon Lee
  • Patent number: 9913541
    Abstract: An adjustable seating assembly is disclosed having a base with a first end, a second end opposite the first end, and a length extending from the first end to the second end. A frame assembly has a pair of support legs coupled to the base along the length. A seating-support surface is disposed above the base and coupled to the frame assembly. A chest-support surface is disposed above the base and coupled to the frame assembly and the chest-support surface is orientated at an acute angle with respect to the seating-support surface. The pair of the support legs are selectively translatable along the length of the base in a first direction and a second direction opposite the first direction so as to selectively rotate the chest-support surface and the seating-support surface simultaneously while maintaining the acute angle between the chest-support surface and the seating-support surface during the rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Arnett
  • Patent number: 9874304
    Abstract: A travel media stand including a base with a first end and a second end, a mount coupled to the first end of the base, and a holder coupled to the second end of the base. A longitudinal axis of the base extends from the first end to the second end. The base is movable between an extended position and a retracted position. The mount is rotatable with respect to the base around a mount axis that is generally parallel to the longitudinal axis, and the holder is also rotatable with respect to the base around a holder axis that is generally parallel to the longitudinal axis. The mount may mount to or hang from an item, and the holder may hold or retain an item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventor: Jennifer Hunter
  • Patent number: 9635766
    Abstract: A display system comprises a display housing and an attachment member. The attachment member attaches to and supports the display housing. Further, the display housing slides relative to the attachment member. In some embodiments, the system comprises multiple displays in which one display slides relative to an attachment hinge that supports such display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul L. Drew, Tony O. Anuez, Peter W. Austin
  • Patent number: 9307131
    Abstract: Provided are, among other things, systems, methods and techniques for displaying content. One representative embodiment involves (a) an enclosure apparatus having a front face that includes a see-through portion and an attachment surface; and (b) a tablet computing device that (i) has a display screen on its front surface, and (ii) is enclosed within the enclosure apparatus such that the display screen is visible through the see-through portion of the front face of the enclosure apparatus, with the attachment surface securely attached to an inside surface of a window so that the display screen of the tablet computing device is visible through the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Damien Breen
  • Patent number: 9295179
    Abstract: A folding rack-mountable laptop support tray that can be fitted to a rack using 1 U or even 0 U of rack space, comprising a hinged or sliding bracket, connecting to a hinged or sliding arm, that supports a foldable tray comprising two cross-members, and two demountable supporting bars shown, or independent supports, when folded the unit fits in a laptop bag or rucksack to be carried until needed, the tray section being removable can be used as a desktop stand for a laptop to improve cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Graham Phillip Moore
  • Patent number: 9062821
    Abstract: An apparatus for releasably holding an electronic media device having a generally flat screen on which an image can be electronically displayed. In one form, such apparatus includes a base including hinged first segment and a second segments whereby allowing the base segments to be adjustably positioned and held in selected angular positions relative to each other so as to substantially reduce an operative length of the base and facilitate storage and transportation of the apparatus. The first segment of the apparatus includes structure for suspending the base from a support. The second segment of the apparatus includes structure for receiving, releasably holding and stabilizing the electronic media device with the generally flat screen of such device facing away from the front of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventor: Erik D. Jensen
  • Patent number: 9053694
    Abstract: An electronic percussion instrument includes a stand, a support member (e.g. a stay), a pad member with a head, and an impact sensor. The support member has an L-shape including a stand-attaching portion and a pad-attaching portion. The stand-attaching portion is fixed to the stand while the pad-attaching portion is extended vertically from the front end of the stand-attaching portion at an inflection point. Owing to the elasticity of the support member, the pad-attaching portion is deflected about the inflection point in the rearward direction in comparison with the stand-attaching portion due to a striking force applied to the head being struck with a beater. Upon detecting an impact applied to the head, the impact sensor generates an electric signal so as to generate a musical sound. Thus, it is possible to suppress floor reverberation by absorbing an impact between the head and the beater via the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Emi Kanayama, Masao Sato
  • Patent number: 9022341
    Abstract: An apparatus to support a device includes a first base; a first support; a first base-support hinge adapted to rotatably couple the first base and the first support along a first axis of rotation; a first swivel slidably connected to the first support and having a first cut-out adapted to receive a first portion of the device; a second base; a second support; a second base-support hinge adapted to rotatably couple the second base and the second support along a second axis of rotation; and a second swivel slidably connected to the second support and having a second cut-out adapted to receive a second portion of the device spaced apart from the first portion of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Rambod Radmard
  • Patent number: 9010701
    Abstract: A stand for supporting an object comprises: a first main support leg; a second main support leg; a first vertical support member pivotally connected to the first main support leg; and a second vertical support member pivotally connected to the second main support leg, such that first and second vertical support members can be rotated relative to the first and second main support legs to configure the stand in a storage position or a deployed position. The stand further comprises a hinge that operably joins the first vertical support member to the second vertical support member. The stand further comprises a first rear leg configured for sliding movement relative to the first main support leg between a retracted position and an extended position; and a second rear leg configured for sliding movement relative to the second main support leg between a refracted position and an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Coopercopia, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Lee Cooper
  • Publication number: 20150102197
    Abstract: A stand for holding a device comprising: a base; a first support member oriented in a vertical direction in operable communication with the base; a second support member oriented in a horizontal direction in operable communication with the first support member; wherein the second support member comprises at least one retaining member angled away from the second support member in a vertical direction; wherein at least one of the base, first support member, and second support member comprises an adjustment mechanism allowing for the adjustment of the location of the retaining member; wherein the stand comprises a one-piece unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Arunachala Parameshwara, Poovanna Theethira Kushalappa, Thomas Hocker, Bhushan Deshmukh
  • Patent number: 8985543
    Abstract: An apparatus and/or systems related to a case for a mobile device. A protective case may include a stand portion which slides out to an open position for propping up the mobile device at a predetermined angle for viewing by a user. The stand portion has springs which hold the stand portion in the open position or a closed position. As the user switches the viewing orientation of the mobile device (e.g., by physically rotating the mobile device 90 degrees), the stand portion continues to prop up the mobile device at the predetermined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Superior Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: George Chen, Mervyn Cheung
  • Patent number: 8950720
    Abstract: A phone stand assembly provides a stand to support a personal phone in a viewable hands free position. An embodiment of the assembly includes a planar member having a back section, a front section, and a base section extending between the back section and the front section. The front section and back sections are pivotally coupled to the base section. The front section is selectively couplable to the back section when the front section and the back section are pivoted relative to the base section. An opening is positioned in the front section. The opening is configured for receiving a phone therein whereby the phone is supported in an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Brett J. Carr
  • Patent number: 8936226
    Abstract: A support frame for a modular lectern is assembled together with a top board, a bottom board and a divider board to form the modular lectern and is provided with a main board, a first connecting member and a second connecting member, wherein the parts of the support frame of are locked together in a tongue and groove manner, and can be disassembled into the three main parts: the main board, the first connecting member and the second connecting member, which can be stacked one upon another together with the top, bottom and divider boards for easy transportation. Furthermore, the top and bottom boards are pivoted to the main board via the first and second connecting portions, so that the top and bottom boards can be folded to further save transportation space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Chuan-Ching Chang
  • Patent number: 8910915
    Abstract: A folding stand may attach to an electronic device for transportation in one configuration and may fold into a second configuration to hold the electronic device for use. The folding stand may have two main rigid components that are joined by a hinge. Each of the rigid components may have engagement mechanisms that clamp onto the electronic device in the first configuration and hold the device in one of several upright positions in the second configuration. A stringer may be attached to one of the rigid components with a hinge and may engage the other rigid component with a snap or other mechanism. In some embodiments, the entire stand may be a single piece manufactured from rigid plastic components joined with a second, flexible material that may provide one or more of the hinges in the stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Otter Products, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Wibby, Alan Morine
  • Patent number: 8851439
    Abstract: The invention provides a reading stand. The reading stand may comprising a base portion including at least one base portion sidewall, the base portion sidewall being supported by the base portion; and a platform portion forming a support surface to support the document, the platform portion including at least one page holder to retain the document. The reading stand may further include a side support clip extending from the platform portion such that the base portion sidewall is receivable between the platform portion and the side support clip in an assembled position, the side support clip having a protuberance disposed thereon, the protuberance engageable with the base portion sidewall. The assembled position affords side reading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Phifer Incorporated
    Inventors: Beverly C. Phifer, M. Scott Clark, Thomas G. Grammer
  • Patent number: 8844892
    Abstract: A stand including a base and a platen assembly. The base includes: an end protrusion extending from a top surface and including a first distal end; and a plurality of adjustment protrusions extending from the top surface and including respective second distal ends. The platen assembly includes a platen and a prop leg. The platen is pivotably connected to the base and the prop leg. For an open position: the platen and prop leg pivot such that: an end of the prop leg contacts an adjustment protrusion or the first end protrusion; the platen and the prop leg form an acute or obtuse angle, opening toward the top surface. For a closed position, the platen and prop leg pivot such that the bottom surface, the platen, and the prop leg are parallel. The first distal end extends further from the top surface than the second distal ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Walter Robert Robinson
  • Publication number: 20140252196
    Abstract: Disclosed is a music stand that includes a column with a first segment having at least one positional slot and a second segment having a protrusion configured to be received in each of the positional slots. When the protrusion is received in one of the positional slots, the protrusion can prevent relative translation of the first segment and the second segment in at least one direction, thereby defining a unique extension. The music stand also includes a support selected from a rack and a pedestal that is fixed relative to said column.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Jason Abady
  • Patent number: 8763539
    Abstract: A kit for modular assembly of a piece of furniture “in situ” that comprises lower, intermediate, and upper main support members. Each of the main support members includes insertion slots with chamfered edges that are oriented at different angles in the periphery. The lower main support member has first and second foot slots that include locking ends. A plurality of cantilevered members having open insertion slots with chamfered edges each have a front fit-in section and a rear insertion section that end in an insertion stop. The open insertion slots are disposed in the periphery of the cantilevered members so that they may engage the oriented insertion slots. The first and second foot members are configured to engage first and second foot slots. The main support members have mutual engagement means that include coupling members and fastening openings for structural assembly of a piece of furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventors: Ymelda Maribel Odar Pena, Alejandro Fabian Marcovich
  • Patent number: 8720843
    Abstract: A protective cover structure includes a bottom plate, a coupling plate and a top lid. Two opposite edges of the coupling plate are respectively connected to the bottom plate and a top lid. The bottom plate, coupling plate and top lid are foldable with respect to one another. The bottom plate includes a first bottom board and second bottom board being foldable to each other. A buckling tongue for holding an electronic device is disposed on the first bottom board, and a covering element covering and positioning the electronic device is disposed on the second bottom board. An electronic device can be covered and positioned through the arrangement of the buckling tongue and covering element. When intending to operate the electronic device, a user lifts the top lid and folds and positions it under the bottom plate, or disengage the buckling tongue to release the electronic device, thereby supporting the electronic device in a standing-up use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Tsan-Nien Chen
  • Patent number: 8714510
    Abstract: A case for an electronic device such as a tablet computer includes book configuration and stand configuration. In the stand configuration, the back panel of the holder, against which the electronic device is held, is disposed at an incline with respect to the front panel. The stand configuration is achieved through folding seams in the front panel and pockets in the back panel such that the front panel is folded back such that the front panel exterior surface generally faces the back panel exterior surface and respective front panel corners are folded along the folding seams and disposed within the back panel pockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: DayMen Canada Acquisition ULC
    Inventors: Benjamin McCosh, Mark Loncar
  • Publication number: 20140117194
    Abstract: A support frame for a modular lectern is assembled together with a top board, a bottom board and a divider board to form the modular lectern and is provided with a main board, a first connecting member and a second connecting member, wherein the parts of the support frame of are locked together in a tongue and groove manner, and can be disassembled into the three main parts: the main board, the first connecting member and the second connecting member, which can be stacked one upon another together with the top, bottom and divider boards for easy transportation. Furthermore, the top and bottom boards are pivoted to the main board via the first and second connecting portions, so that the top and bottom boards can be folded to further save transportation space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Chuan-Ching CHANG
  • Patent number: 8708301
    Abstract: The invention provides holder devices and methods of making and using the same. The holder devices described may be used to hold a wide variety of personal electronic devices, as well as other items. Illustratively, the holder device may include a body portion, at least two holder sides, and an extension portion. Each of the holder sides may be disposed in slots in the body portion. The holder sides may be in the form of an elephant head, for example. The extension portion may be selectively positioned in either a stowed position, an extended position, or some interim position. In the extended position, or partially extended position, the extension portion provides enhanced stability to the holder device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Phifer Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas G. Grammer, Beverly C. Phifer
  • Patent number: 8693192
    Abstract: A portable electronic device includes a main body, a casing and a supporting unit. The casing is detachably connected to the main body. The supporting unit is connected to the casing and is rotatable relative to the casing. When the supporting unit rotates to a first position, the supporting unit supports the main body. When the supporting unit rotates to a second position, the casing and the main body are separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: ASUSTeK COMPUTER Inc.
    Inventors: Ting-Fang Hsieh, Chen-Yang Wu, Yuan Yu, Min-Che Kao, Chun-Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 8641007
    Abstract: An exhibiting rack for loading a billboard or bulletin board is disclosed. The rack includes a fixed frame and a movable frame. The movable frame is mounted by a board to be exhibited and linearly slidable against the fixed frame. The movable frame is disposed on the fixed frame and an extension stem is disposed therebetween. A fixed end and action end of the extension stem are connected to the fixed frame and movable frame, respectively. The extension stem exerts a force on the movable frame to support the movable frame with a board to a desired height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Chao-Ken Chen
  • Patent number: 8615924
    Abstract: An enhanced-stability, A-frame-shaped plant support for the support of plants such as tomato vines, or other fruits and vegetables growing in soil which, while supporting plants laden with heavy fruits or vegetables, is stable and greenhouse tent wind-sail resistant, in part because of a readily usable starting width gauge indicator on detent latch members operable to controlling the ultimate width between pivotable opposing halves of the plant support during installation to a desired depth in the soil. After use, when removed from the soil, the A-frame-shaped plant support collapses, pivoting about preferably hog-ring type interconnection rings between the opposing halves of the plant support for facilitating easy removal from the ground and folding flat for easy storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Vahan M. Dinihanian, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8550421
    Abstract: A foldable supporting stand for a portable electronic device includes: a base body having front and rear sides; two front legs adapted to hold the electronic device and coupled to the base body in proximity to the front side, the front legs being foldable to move toward each other, or unfoldable to move away from each other in opposite sideward directions; and a rear leg including a rear leg body that is coupled to the base body in proximity to the rear side and that can be folded to move toward the front legs, or unfolded to move rearward and away from the front legs, and a rear leg extension foldably connected to the rear leg body. The rear leg body defines a receiving space for the rear leg extension to be received therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Free-Free Industrial Corp.
    Inventor: Sheng-Yu Liu
  • Publication number: 20130256495
    Abstract: The invention is a tripod easel in which the first, second and third legs are elastically deformable in the forward and rearward directions between a first position and a second position. In the second position, the first and third legs define arcs in the forward direction and the second leg defines an arc in the rearward direction. In the second position, the three legs define a free-standing tripod. The first and third legs define rows of supporting holes that can support an artwork support apparatus, a cantilevered shelf, a palette holder, a paper towel holder or other accessories.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Mark S. Jewett
  • Patent number: 8544808
    Abstract: The ventilation support for laptop computers provides support for a laptop computer on an uneven or soft surface to allow improved air circulation for the cooling of the laptop computer. The ventilation support for laptop computers includes a flat, planar panel generally matching the bottom surface dimensions of the laptop computer. A front edge of the panel is hinged to the front edge of the bottom surface of the laptop computer. One or more collapsible support members join a rear portion of the panel to a rear portion of the bottom surface of the laptop computer. The collapsible support members will support the laptop computer above the panel in the open position during use, but readily collapse to allow the panel to be placed into the closed position for storage. The collapsible support member(s) may be rigid and unitary, or articulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: David J. Saad
  • Patent number: 8540202
    Abstract: A support mechanism for supporting an electronic device is disclosed. The support mechanism, comprises at least one connecting assembly; and at least one pair of support portions, each of the at least one pair of support portions comprising a first support member, a connecting member comprising a first connecting end and a second connecting end, and a second support member; wherein the first support member is rotatably connected to the connecting member at the first connecting end, the second support member is rotatably connected to the second connecting member at the second connecting end, and the second support members of each of the at least one pair of support portions are rotatably connected to each other by the at least one connecting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wu-Zhu Hu, Wu-Qi Li, Ben-Xiang Zhao, Tang Li
  • Patent number: 8534619
    Abstract: A support stand includes a first support assembly, a second support assembly, a first connecting assembly connecting one end of the first support assembly and the second support assembly. A second connecting assembly connects the other ends of the first support assembly and the second support assembly. The first support assembly includes two first support mechanisms, each first support mechanism includes a main body, and a first support rod hinged on the main body in a first direction. When the first support rods rotate around the first direction to a back side of the support stand, the first connecting assembly and the second connecting assembly are tilted by the first support rods and the second support assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cong Huang, Wen-Rong Chen, Hui Li, Bin Du
  • Patent number: 8534634
    Abstract: A support mechanism for supporting an electronic device is disclosed. The support mechanism comprises two support assemblies detachably assembled together, each support assembly comprising an adjustable member defining a latching groove; and a support member rotatably connected to the adjusting member, the support member of one of the two support assemblies being capable of being partially received in the latching groove of the adjustable member of another one of the two support assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wu-Zhu Hu, Ben-Xiang Zhao, Wu-Qi Li, Tang Li
  • Patent number: 8523118
    Abstract: A method for forming a collapsible plaque for holding floral objects is disclosed. The collapsible plaque may be used with a casket or headstone for display of a floral object thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Wanda M. Weder & William F. Straeter
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 8523133
    Abstract: The present invention includes a collapsible book holder adapted to hold a book in an open position. The present invention preferably is adapted to be folded into a flat or substantially flat position where it may be conveniently placed in a pocket or purse, or placed in a book as a book mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Bernard R. McKellar
  • Patent number: 8517329
    Abstract: A display board that may be supported on an easel stand includes a panel having a display surface on a front side thereof. A mounting interface is positioned adjacent a top edge of the panel and is configured for engagement with any one of a plurality of unique easel stand securing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: James E. Nash, Craig Thompson, Daniel A. Japuntich
  • Patent number: 8464988
    Abstract: The present invention features a keyboard instrument stand having concave sides on the main beam. A set of legs is pivotably attached to the sides of the beam, wherein the beam can stably rest on the extended legs. The unique positioning of the legs provide for many advantages, including reduction in rocking of the stand during a performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Brock B. Walker
  • Publication number: 20130105659
    Abstract: Some embodiments generally relate to portable easel devices for supporting and/or displaying objects such as canvas, other paintable substrates, or even sheet music. Embodiments may include one or more collapsible elements rendering the device readily storable and/or easier to carry or transport.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Panno, JR.
  • Patent number: 8424825
    Abstract: An adjustable holder for an electronic device includes four pivotally attached telescopic arms. The left, right and bottom telescopic arms include an elongated sleeve and an extendable arm that moves in and out of the sleeve. Each extendable arm has a forward projecting fin with a raised edge. The top telescopic arm includes a top elongated sleeve, a secondary sleeve and an extendable hook arm. In use, the arms are rotated and extended to fit the length and width of an electronic device, which can then be cradled between the left, right and bottom fins. The hook arm is used to suspend the electronic device from any suitable fixture and a tilt arm is used to adjust the viewing angle of the cradled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Eddie Somuah
  • Patent number: 8424830
    Abstract: A holder for holding a portable electronic device can be changed between a folded position and an unfolded position. The holder holds the portable electronic device in the folded position. In the unfolded position, the holder has its supporting board, front holding board, rear holding board, side holding boards, bottom holding boards substantially planar with each other. In the folded position, the supporting board supports the side holding boards to vertically stand, the rear holding board is secured above the supporting board at an obtuse angle, and the front holding board is maintained parallel with the rear holding board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Chi Mei Communications Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Hsin-Yung Yang, Li-Houng Lu, Ching-Min Lin, Tzu-Cheng Yu
  • Patent number: 8424831
    Abstract: A one-piece support stand is provided for slantingly supporting an object on a work surface, and the support stand includes a central folding line for dividing the support stand into a left support panel and a right support panel interconnected with each other, and each of the support panels being substantially in a triangular shape and having a bottom edge and a bevel edge, and an inverted hook portion being formed at an intersection of the bottom edge and the bevel edge and bent towards the bevel edge, wherein the support stand is erected on the work surface by means of setting an included angle between the two bottom edges, and the two bevel edges and the two inverted hook portions being provided for supporting the object. The support stand features of a firm support, a foldable design, a convenient carry, a simple manufacturing procedure and a low manufacturing cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Chin-Sheng Lin
  • Patent number: 8382059
    Abstract: A protective holder for the iPhone®, iPad®, iPod Touch™, electronic books, electronic tablet computers and other portable devices having a frontal LCD, OLED, touch screen, or other display that employs a form-fitting backplate with corner frames for cradling the device while leaving the entire frontal aspect unobstructed is disclosed. The holder may include a series of contoured side grippers on each side of the backplate for clamping the device in place without obstructing the LCD screen (or access to it for cleaning or otherwise). The holder may include a fully-adjustable kickstand for upright hands-free viewing of the device at several landscape and portrait angles and the holder may also include a built-in moveable directional sound reflector and noise shield improves audio performance, and a detachable belt clip allows belt wearing. The holder has an extreme slimline folded profile to facilitate pocket insertion, minimize bulk and create an eye-catching aesthetic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Zero Chroma, LLC
    Inventors: Brian E. Le Gette, David Reeb
  • Patent number: 8382049
    Abstract: A support device includes a support element, a plurality of legs rotatably connected to the support element which can be rotated to be changed from an unfolded state and a folded state, and a main body sleeves the support element. When the legs are rotated to be in the unfolded state, the legs cooperate with the support element to support an electronic device, and when the legs are rotated to be in the folded state, the main body sleeves on the support element receiving the legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chia-Te Yu, Lin-Lin Pan, Liang-Yi Lu
  • Patent number: 8360384
    Abstract: A collapsible support device for a mobile device, incorporating a composite member that can be selectively transitioned between an intermediate state, a tilted state and collapsed state. The composite member includes at least one rigid layer coupled to a malleable layer, and a first plurality of hinge elements that facilitate transition between the above states, the hinge elements including the malleable layer and substantially excluding the rigid layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: XFX Creation Inc.
    Inventors: Cezanne-Simon Farris-Gilbert, Arjun Adamson-Mohan
  • Patent number: 8360382
    Abstract: The present invention provides a stand assembly for supporting an electronic device. The stand assembly includes a main stand member and an auxiliary stand member. The main stand member includes a first stand and a second stand. The first stand is pivotally connected to the electronic device. The second stand is pivotally connected to the first stand and capable of sliding relative to the electronic device. The auxiliary stand member is pivotally connected to the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Pegatron Corporation
    Inventors: Wei-Ming Wu, Ker-How Lu
  • Publication number: 20120305736
    Abstract: The present invention includes a collapsible book holder adapted to hold a book in an open position. The present invention preferably is adapted to be folded into a flat or substantially flat position where it may be conveniently placed in a pocket or purse, or placed in a book as a book mark.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: Bernard R. McKellar
  • Patent number: 8322060
    Abstract: A retractable double-sided banner stand has a base, two upright posts, a crossbar, and a single banner with graphic image(s) disposed on both sides of the banner. The base generally includes a housing, two housing end cap assemblies, a single core, and a retracting mechanism. The banner is wound around the core, and the retracting mechanism unwinds and winds the banner with respect to the core. The leading edge of the banner is attached to the crossbar, which is wider than the width of the banner. The banner stand has an erect upright mode for displaying the images(s), and a collapsed mode for transporting the banner stand. In the erect mode, the upright posts are retained in the base by means of a quick-release locking mechanism, the banner extends upwardly from the base, and the crossbar engages with, and is supported by, the upper portion of each of the upright posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Skyline Displays, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Parizek, Curtis H. Lindblom
  • Patent number: 8292251
    Abstract: A folding display easel having left, right and center panels, the right and left panels being foldable toward the center panel. The center panel has a plurality of engagement elements for engaging with rings in a binder for easy storage and removal of easel from the binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Sampco Companies, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Badorini
  • Patent number: 8282065
    Abstract: A compact, collapsible, self-erecting stand and a method of making the stand are disclosed. The stand is constructed for placement upon a supporting substrate to prop a hand-held electronic device to be placed on the supporting substrate and includes an elongate strip of material having resiliently flexible characteristics biasing the strip toward a substantially flat configuration. A plurality of substantially rigid plates are affixed to the strip and located along the strip to establish a corresponding plurality of panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventor: Myron Stone