Adjustment By Selectively Engaging Projections And Recessions Patents (Class 248/477)
  • Patent number: 10573207
    Abstract: A display system includes: a first upright oriented vertically; a second upright oriented vertically and offset horizontally from the first upright by a frame separation distance, the first upright and the second upright defining a display opening therebetween; a first clip bracket secured to the first upright with a first clip fastener; and a second clip bracket secured to the second upright with a second clip fastener, each of the first clip bracket and the second clip bracket including a base portion and a clip portion, the base portion and the clip portion defining an insertion slot, a main entrance of the insertion slot of each of the first clip bracket and the second clip bracket facing forward, the clip portion configured to hold a display panel inside the insertion slot, the clip portion configured to hold an edge of the display panel against the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Pratt Corrugated Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Alan Tuttle, John Richard Muse, Paul Ott, Travis Walters
  • Patent number: 10543787
    Abstract: A rearview mirror for a vehicle includes a housing defining an interior cavity and an open side, a substrate rigidly coupled within the open side of the housing and having a reflective surface thereon, and an actuation mechanism coupled within the housing. The actuation mechanism has a mounting plate rotatably coupled within the cavity of the housing at a first end of the mounting plate, a first gear rack being defined on a second end of the mounting plate, and a motor rigidly coupled within the interior cavity of the housing adjacent the second end of the mounting plate. The motor has a first pinion gear coupled with an output shaft thereof and in a mesh engagement with the gear rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ulrich A. Kuester, Danny L. Minikey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10537192
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fastening device having at least one positionable holding device, comprising a base plate having an extensively flat rear surface and a front surface, opposite the rear surface, wherein a first guide channel is formed on the front surface. The guide channel is delimited by side walls, wherein engagement areas are formed at least in sections on at least one of the side walls. According to the invention, a slide element is arranged in the guide channel, which can be displaced along the guide channel, wherein the slide element has a carrying element, wherein two spring elements are formed on the slide element, which can engage with the engagement surfaces of the guide channel in a blocking position, and wherein there is a movable locking element on the slide element, which fastens the spring elements at least in the blocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: tesa SE
    Inventors: Franz Fastermann, Martje Masson, Walter Heidenfels
  • Patent number: 10506166
    Abstract: A rearview mirror for a vehicle includes a housing defining an interior cavity and an open side. A substrate is rigidly coupled within the open side of the housing and has a reflective surface thereon. The rearview mirror further includes an actuation mechanism having a mounting plate rotatably coupled within the cavity of the housing at a first end of the mounting plate. A motor is rigidly coupled within the interior cavity of the housing adjacent a second end of the mounting plate. The motor has a first wheel coupled with an output shaft thereof, and the first wheel includes a pin coupled therewith that extends outwardly from the pin at a location offset from the output shaft of the motor. A first linkage arm is rotatably coupled between the pin of the first wheel and the second end of the mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ulrich A. Kuester, Danny L. Minikey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10409030
    Abstract: A flexure mount is described herein. The flexure mount includes three different flexures laterally offset from one another along a length of the flexure mount. The flexured design of the flexure mount allows for compliance in certain directions to reduce stress buildup normally associated with rigid mounting of dissimilar materials under dynamic thermal environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventor: Edward G. Winrow
  • Patent number: 10207647
    Abstract: A rearview mirror for a vehicle includes a housing defining an interior cavity and an open side, a substrate coupled within the open side of the housing and having a reflective surface thereon, and an actuation mechanism coupled within the housing. The actuation mechanism includes a mounting plate rotatably coupled within the cavity of the housing at a first end thereof and a spring plate coupled with the mounting plate and having a resiliently deformable arm portion extending away from the mounting plate. The actuation mechanism also includes a socket body rotatably coupled within the interior cavity of the housing, the arm portion of the spring plate being operably coupled with the socket body along a coupling axis and a motor rigidly coupled within the interior cavity of the housing and operably coupled with the socket body to drive rotation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ulrich A. Kuester, Danny L. Minikey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9963074
    Abstract: A rearview mirror for a vehicle includes a housing defining an interior cavity and an open side, a substrate coupled within the open side of the housing and having a reflective surface thereon, and an actuation mechanism coupled within the housing. The actuation mechanism includes a mounting plate rotatably coupled within the cavity of the housing at a first end thereof and a spring plate coupled with the mounting plate and having a resiliently deformable arm portion extending away from the mounting plate. The actuation mechanism also includes a socket body rotatably coupled within the interior cavity of the housing, the arm portion of the spring plate being operably coupled with the socket body along a coupling axis and a motor rigidly coupled within the interior cavity of the housing and operably coupled with the socket body to drive rotation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ulrich A. Kuester, Danny L. Minikey
  • Patent number: 9952430
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lever aseimatic reflection sheet device, which includes a base, a leverage board and a reflection sheet device. Elastic torque of a first elastic element is provided to force the reflection sheet to touch against the windshield W with the leverage board used as rotation center of the lever, so that the reflection sheet would not be affected by vibration of vehicle dashboard, to thereby improve fastening and supporting stability of the reflection sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: E-LEAD ELECTRONIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Stephen Chen
  • Patent number: 9933595
    Abstract: A mirror assembly mountable to a wall includes a mirror platform having a front surface and a rear surface, a chassis engageable with the mirror platform to define a mirror assembly interior, at least one electrical component disposed within the mirror assembly interior, and a mounting structure. The mounting structure includes a support member mounted to one of the rear surface of the mirror platform and the chassis and a hanger member mounted to the other of the rear surface of the mirror platform and the chassis. The hanger member is removeably securable on the support member to mount the mirror platform to the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: ELECTRIC MIRROR, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., Patrick Daniel Erickson
  • Patent number: 9265365
    Abstract: Methods and assemblies are provided for displaying a plurality of images, which can be minor images of each other. The method includes providing a first display object having a first image on it and providing a second display object having a second image on it. The first and second images are mirror images of each other. The first and second display objects are positioned such that the images are displayed in a first mirrored registration. After doing so, the first and second display objects are repositioned such that the first and second images are displayed in a second mirrored registration. Assemblies can include at least one mount, a first display object having a first image disposed thereon, and a second display object having a second image disposed thereon, the images being minor images of each other. The first and second display objects are movably attached to the mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: Silas Jeffrey Durant
  • Patent number: 8979288
    Abstract: The invention is related to an external rear view mirror assembly including a positive connection that fits mirror components as a support frame mounted to a mirror housing or shell. The positive connection is a connector having a two part snap-fit connector with a first snap-fit connector part and a second snap-fit connector part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Raimund Negel, Arne Schmierer, Andreas Herrmann
  • Publication number: 20150060627
    Abstract: A frame hanging article and method are provided whereby the article is suited for hanging frames and adjusting vertical position of a frame hanging on a wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Marshall Stauber
  • Patent number: 8899538
    Abstract: An apparatus to hang a game trophy on a support structure and to facilitate adjustment of the orientation of the game trophy relative to the support structure comprising a first member, having a dog and a protruding peg with an enlarged head, and a saddle portion adjacent to the enlarged head, and a second member having a bay opening, a bay, a recess adjacent to the bay opening, and a plurality of generally adjacent dog recesses. A method of hanging a game trophy comprises receiving the enlarged head of the peg through the bay opening to align the saddle portion of the first member with the throat of the bay of the second member, and by then receiving the dog into an aligned dog recess of the second member to releasably couple the second member to the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Andy Wertz
  • Patent number: 8814124
    Abstract: A system for securing a maintaining an article, such as a picture frame, in a desired position on a vertical surface, such as a wall, is disclosed. The system comprises a first bracket and a second bracket. The first bracket has a first part of a pivot and includes at least one projecting nub. The second bracket has a second part of the pivot and at least one divot that are each cooperative with one of the at least one projecting nubs. In use, the first and second brackets are each fixed to either a rear surface of the article proximate a top edge thereof, or to the vertical surface. Each nub of the first bracket engages the cooperative divot of the second bracket when the article is in the desired position on the vertical surface. When jarred, the article pivots back and forth about the pivot until each nub becomes re-engaged with its cooperative divot, by gravity, to bring the article back into the desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Vladimir Vayntraub
  • Patent number: 8800950
    Abstract: It is important to mount a mirror assembly on a shaft in such a manner as to enable tilting without a backlash. According to the present invention, an inner circumferential face of a cylinder portion 20 of a notch member 15 of a clutch mechanism 8 comes into contact with an outer circumferential face of a shaft 3, and an outer circumferential face of the cylinder portion 20 of the notch member 15 of the clutch mechanism 8 comes into contact with an inner circumferential face of a housing portion 9 of a mirror assembly 4, respectively. As a result, the present invention is capable of mounting the mirror assembly 4 on the shaft 3 in such a manner to enable tilting without a backlash, by means of the cylinder portion 20 of the notch member 15 of the clutch mechanism 8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Ichikoh Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Jouichi Kawanishi
  • Patent number: 8714759
    Abstract: A connector head carried by the stabilizer arm. A first retaining sidewall and a second retaining sidewall included in the connector head extending outward from the stabilizer arm and defining a longitudinal channel. A plurality of spiked projections carried by at least one of the first and second retaining sidewalls, wherein a point of each spike is directed back towards the stabilizer arm. An elastic block carried in the longitudinal channel so that the spiked projections penetrate the elastic block to hold the elastic block in the longitudinal channel. A receiver having a retention slot cooperating with the connector head to releasably secure the stabilizer arm. A knob projecting upward from a base surface of the retention slot for engaging the elastic block in a friction fit arrangement between the connector head and the retention slot so that the stabilizer arm is releasably secured in the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Lang-Mekra North America, LLC
    Inventor: Andreas Enz
  • Patent number: 8702051
    Abstract: An assembly for attaching a flexible or rigid canvas (2) comprising eyelets (24) to a support comprises a rigid frame (4, 4?, 5, 6) forming the support, a first attachment means arranged to be directly secured to the canvas (2) and a second attachment means provided within the frame and capable of receiving the first attachment means. The second attachment means is formed of an open housing (3). The housing comprises two walls (4, 4?) which are spaced apart and are arranged opposite to each other. Each wall is provided on its internal surface (4?, 4??) with a notched or toothed portion arranged to hold the first attachment means when in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: VTS SA
    Inventor: Matthieu Vanham
  • Patent number: 8690113
    Abstract: An adjustable affixation point apparatus comprising an anchor means for providing secure engagement with a wall; a fastener adapted to releasably engage the anchor means and to retain an extension arm between the head and the wall; the extension arm having a channel adapted to slidingly receive the fastener; at least one engagement means for enhancing the frictional contact among the members; a hanger attached to the distal end providing an affixation point which can be mounted into a wall near a desired location, then a sliding and rotational action of the extension arm relative to the allows a user to adjust the hangar to any point within a 360 degree radius and extending outwardly to any point along the length of the arm and to fix the hanger in a desired location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventors: Jurgen Wright, Shannon Wright, Scott King, Corey King
  • Patent number: 8672286
    Abstract: An adjustable wall hanger includes (1) an elongated bracket with a front surface including markings and a rear surface including serrations, (2) mounting members near each end of the elongated bracket, (3) an elongated slot, (4) a hook assembly including a hook member secured by a hook fastener, including a hook portion distal from a clamp portion including a planar section, jaws, and a cam, and the hook fastener includes a base with a post, serrated teeth, and lugs extending from the post, the post including detents between the base and lugs, wherein closed configuration includes the hook member against the front surface to lock the hook assembly in position, and open configuration includes the planar surface against the front surface so that the hook assembly is movable, and the lugs fit within the jaws to secure the hook member to the fastener and to the elongated bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventors: Laura Darré, Kathryn Pisciotta
  • Patent number: 8544151
    Abstract: A pivoting detent joint with selective positional engagement for a vehicle mirror assembly. The detent joint includes an arm detent ring defined by a continuous circular arrangement of a combination of arm locking teeth and alignment teeth. A base detent ring has a complementary arrangement to the arm detent ring and is defined by a continuous circular arrangement of a combination of base locking teeth and alignment channels. The arm locking teeth of the arm detent ring engage the base locking teeth of the base detent ring in a releasable interlocking engagement only when all of the alignment teeth are received into a complementary alignment channel so that positioning of a support arm relative to a carrier base is limited to specifically define orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Lang-Mekra North America, LLC
    Inventors: Emmanuel Courbon, Yoann Cannistra
  • Patent number: 8458943
    Abstract: A picture frame having an adjustable back assembly enabling vertical, horizontal and rotary adjustment of the frame position on a wall is described. The frame back is sized to fit into a recess in the picture frame back, and includes an inner plate, an outer plate having an opening, an intermediate plate frictionally held between said inner and outer plates and slidable therebetween. The intermediate plate has an outer face and is smaller than the outer plate and larger than the outer plate opening. A first hanger member is secured to the outer face of the intermediate plate and extends outwardly through the opening. A second hanger member is attachable to a wall and can be joined to the first hanger member to mount the picture frame on the wall. The picture frame can be pushed up or down or rotated to adjust the picture frame position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher A Horne
  • Patent number: 8449126
    Abstract: A rear view mirror for a vehicle has certain asymmetrical aerodynamic features that are combined with construction details that render the assembly invertible for use on either side of the vehicle and easier to install than its prior art counterparts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventors: Michael Ferman, Oliver Clemens Robert Kratzer
  • Publication number: 20130092812
    Abstract: A wear compensator for a pivoting detent joint comprising a carrier base having a bearing housing and a bearing ring disposed in an interior channel of the bearing housing. A pivot cylinder is carried in the interior channel bearing against the bearing ring. An inner cone slidably carried in a cylinder recess of the pivot cylinder. A biasing element forcing the inner cone into the cylinder recess to biases the cylinder wall against the bearing ring. A support arm pivotally mounted to the bearing housing including a lower pivot block receiving and supporting the pivot cylinder in the interior channel, and an upper pivot block having an arm detent ring engaging a base detent ring carried by the bearing housing. Accordingly, the pivot cylinder rotates on the bearing ring and the arm detent ring rotates on the base detent ring to adjust the position of the support arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: LANG-MEKRA NORTH AMERICA, LLC
    Inventors: Emmanuel Courbon, Andreas Enz, Ramesh Noone
  • Patent number: 8387929
    Abstract: An adjustable stand, for supporting a device having a lateral surface defining a number of recessed portions, includes a base, a rotating frame, and two connecting axles. The rotating frame includes a chassis and two opposing arms extending arcuately and upward from the chassis, wherein the chassis is rotatably connected to the base. The two connecting axles are rotatably connected to the two opposing arms, respectively. Each of the two connecting axles includes at least one elastic protrusion fitting into one of the plurality of recessed portions, and connecting the device to the two connecting axles, wherein the at least one elastic protrusion is able to deform to allow the device to rotatably connect with the two connecting axles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ze-Bo Lin, Jian-Hui Dai, Shou-Ji Liu, Te-Sheng Jan, Yu-Tao Chen, Chun-Che Yen
  • Patent number: 8366285
    Abstract: A foldable rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle is disclosed. The assembly comprises: a mounting bracket mountable to a vehicle, the mounting bracket having a base with detent features disposed on a detent circle on the base; a mirror head frame rotatably mounted to the mirror base for rotation about a mirror head axis, the frame having detent features to match the detent features of the base, the detent features of the base and the frame forming a detent system, the detent system having at least a drive position. The frame is shaped to provide an aperture to receive either of: a manual fold insert; or a power fold mechanism having a clutch mechanism, the aperture at least partially inboard in a radial direction with respect to the detent features on the frame whereby at least the clutch mechanism of the power fold mechanism can be accommodated to operate on a smaller radius than that of the detent features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Maarten Johannes Schuurmans, Daniel Joseph Flynn
  • Patent number: 8342472
    Abstract: An adjustable wall hanger includes a body including an outer edge that defines a web. An adjustment feature is formed in the web. The adjustment feature includes a plurality of adjustment zones that define a corresponding plurality of orientation positions for the body. The adjustable wall hanger being selectively positionable to support an object on a wall in one of the plurality of orientation positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Gaudron, Jacob Olsen
  • Patent number: 8141838
    Abstract: An adjustable picture hanger for suspending an object from a surface. An exemplary embodiment may include a base mounted to a wall, a central plate selectively rotatable with respect to the base, and/or a hook slidable in a slot in the plate. The position of the hook relative to the wall may be adjusted by rotating the plate with respect to the base and/or by sliding the hook along the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Newell Operating Company
    Inventors: Natalia Johnson, Christian Scott Leyden, Jackie Grant
  • Patent number: 8069598
    Abstract: An adjustable display board system comprises a display board, first and second grippers, first and second racks, and a handle. The first and second grippers are coupled to the display and include a plurality of teeth. The first and second racks are mounted to a rigid structure and include a plurality of teeth generally greater than the number of teeth of the first and second grippers. The teeth of the first and second grippers mesh with the teeth of the first and second racks to maintain the vertical position of the display board. The handle is pushed to disengage the grippers from the racks and allow vertical motion of the display board. The adjustable display board system also comprises a display board, a linear actuator unit, and one or more pivot arms. The linear actuator unit includes a movable actuator rod and is coupled to the one or more pivot arms, which in turn is coupled to the display board. Motion of the actuator rod is converted to raising and lowering of the display board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventors: Jorge Garcia, Sam Minnich
  • Patent number: 7891124
    Abstract: A frame hanger apparatus including a rectangular wall piece for attachment to a wall and a frame piece attachable to a picture frame. The wall piece has front and back surfaces, the front surface having a lower lip and an upper lip formed thereon. The lower lip has an arced top surface, and the upper lip has first and second elongated horizontally disposed mounting slots positioned therein. The frame piece has a lip projecting from the front surface which has an arced surface thereon. The arced top surface of the wall piece is dimensioned to dovetail with the arced surface of the lip of the frame piece and an overhanging lip on the wall piece is positioned so as to lock the wall piece and frame piece together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Inventor: David E. Willis
  • Patent number: 7866075
    Abstract: A single or double post sign structure that is configured to accommodate the attachment of panels to one or both sides of a vertical upright. The sign panel is provided with keyed indentations that are located at the top and bottom edges of the panel to permit capture and rigid securement of the sign panel by a pair of retaining buttons that are used to anchor the sign panel to the sign post. Each retaining button is provided with protrusions corresponding to the keyed indentations of the sign panel. As a result, when the protrusion of the retaining button is engaged and seated in the keyed indentation of the sign panel, it becomes locked in place so that there is no room for lateral movement or removal of the panel. As a result, vandals or thieves are prevented from laterally sliding the sign panel to improperly remove it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Meeker & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald T. Meeker, Christopher O'Hara
  • Patent number: 7735196
    Abstract: A retaining hinged connection, with a more simple assembly operation, having fewer components than does the conventional retaining hinges. An outside mirror is proposed to be engaged with such a retaining hinged connection. The connection is achieved in that the retaining axle component is designed with at least one retaining element and advantageously including a compression spring. This invention eliminates the use of bolts for securing the hinge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Lang-Mekra North America, LLC
    Inventors: Stefan Centmayer, Sebastian Heger, Werner Lang
  • Patent number: 7726624
    Abstract: The invention provides improvements to an external vehicle mirror assembly. The pivot point is located at an outboard side of the mirror housing. The power pack is mounted at an inboard side of the mirror housing. The mirror case is molded with no obstructions in a recessed base for holding the mirror, and the pivotable socket is molded at one side of the mirror case. The mirror assembly is mounted to the vehicle through an improved mounting mechanism. Trim seals seal the mirror assembly to the vehicle with improved wind noise, moisture, and dust resistance, and fewer components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Boddy, Peter John Ellis
  • Publication number: 20100096532
    Abstract: A picture frame hanger is provided with an elongate strip having a base for mounting upon an upright support surface. The base includes at least one cavity extending inward from opposing surfaces to intersect and collectively form an aperture for receiving a fastener at an angle to one of the at least one cavities. The strip includes a series of teeth and a key along a length of the strip. A carriage is mounted for translation along the elongate strip, and includes a keyway that cooperates with the key for orienting the carriage relative to the strip. A flange is provided for receiving a picture frame support member. A latch is pivotally connected to the carriage for engaging the teeth. A user may disengage the latch from the strip for adjusting an upright position of the carriage. A method for forming the aperture of the elongate strip is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Inventor: Dean Norton Grevé
  • Patent number: 7686274
    Abstract: A pivoting detent joint for an exterior vehicle mirror assembly comprising a support arm for carrying a mirror head; a mounting bracket for being affixed to a vehicle exterior and carrying said support arm; a base keyway included in said mounting bracket; a key received in sliding engagement with said base keyway along a first axis; a lower detent member having a detent keyway receiving said key in sliding engagement along a second axis perpendicular to said first axis; and, an upper detent member carried by said support arm engaging said lower detent member to hold said support arm in a selected position; whereby said support arm pivots along said first axis and said second axis to accommodate misalignment between said mounting bracket and said support arm to maintain proper detent resistance of said upper and lower detent members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Lang-Mekra North America LLC
    Inventor: Michael Dean Branham
  • Patent number: 7607631
    Abstract: A frame leveler is disclosed that automatically levels picture frames, and mirror frames. A pivotable, weighted bob is used as a gravity reference to control a lock that unlocks the extension of a cable on the side of a frame that is tilted up with respect to the other side, when the frame is not level. The extensible cable is let out until the frame is once again level, at which point the extensible cable is locked and prevented from extending further. When the frame side is tilted down with respect to the other side, or the frame is level, the extensible cable is locked and prevented from extending on that side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Inventor: Arnold L. Newman
  • Publication number: 20090261226
    Abstract: A pivoting detent joint for an exterior vehicle mirror assembly comprising a support arm for carrying a mirror head; a mounting bracket for being affixed to a vehicle exterior and carrying said support arm; a base keyway included in said mounting bracket; a key received in sliding engagement with said base keyway along a first axis; a lower detent member having a detent keyway receiving said key in sliding engagement along a second axis perpendicular to said first axis; and, an upper detent member carried by said support arm engaging said lower detent member to hold said support arm in a selected position; whereby said support arm pivots along said first axis and said second axis to accommodate misalignment between said mounting bracket and said support arm to maintain proper detent resistance of said upper and lower detent members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventor: Michael Dean Branham
  • Patent number: 7600879
    Abstract: A rear seat viewing system for a motor vehicle is disclosed. The rear seat viewing system includes a mirror attached to a mirror mounting device. The mirror mounting device may retract the mirror into an exterior surface of a rear seat in a stowed position and extend the mirror outside of the exterior surface of the rear seat in an employed position. A linkage mechanism attached to the mirror mounting device can allow horizontal and vertical adjustment of the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Brian Reynolds
  • Publication number: 20090218470
    Abstract: A system for displaying photographs is disclosed. The system includes one or more horizontal members or bars that are secured to a wall, such as a wall of a house. The horizontal members are preferably immovably secured, as by wall anchors or nails. The horizontal members preferably include a profile, such as a shaped, hollow cross-sectional area, that is configured to mount two or more vertical members. Two or more vertical members or bars are then secured to the horizontal members. The vertical members may be mounted using the profiles, channels, or grooves of the horizontal members. They may be mounted using a connection stud, a tab or a clamp, such as a spring clamp. The vertical members preferably also include continuous, vertical grooves on their sides, for placing photographs into the grooves for display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Applicant: Snap Gallery, LLC
    Inventor: Peter S. Zlotocha
  • Patent number: 7578492
    Abstract: An adjustable hanger for hanging pictures, tools, or the like has an elongated, slotted bracket member having a wall mounting portion at one end thereof. A hanger hook member has a vertical portion with a bolt hole adjacent one end and is adapted to be positioned anywhere along the bracket by means of a bolt member and a resilient washer. The surfaces of the bracket and the vertical portion of the hook member may be roughened or striated to insure better purchase of the resilient washer between those two members when compressed by the action of the bolt member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Inventor: Laura Darre′
  • Publication number: 20090166505
    Abstract: A mirror assembly comprising a mounting bracket for attachment to a vehicle exterior; a first pivot plate on the mounting bracket having a concave upper surface with a series of grooves formed therein; a support arm pivotally carried on the first pivot plate of the mounting bracket; and, a second pivot plate carried by the support arm having a base surface with a plurality of protruding teeth engaging the grooves in the first pivot plate so that a pivot gap is defined between the upper surface of the first pivot plate and the base surface of second pivot plate; whereby the pivot gap allows the teeth to both pivot and slide in the grooves of the first pivot plate so that the support arm is pivotal in a multi-axis arrangement with the mounting bracket to accommodate misalignment between the mounting bracket and the support arm during installation on a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Inventor: Emmanuel Courbon
  • Patent number: 7546997
    Abstract: A fastening construction, in particular for a wing mirror unit of a motor vehicle, comprising a base part (1) which can be fixedly connected with a vehicle, and a rotation part (3) which is arranged to be coupled with the base part (1) and which in coupled condition constitutes a central shaft for pivotally bearing-mounting a wing mirror unit. The base part (1) and the rotation part (3) are provided with at least one projection and groove pair (19, 20) cooperating as a bayonet catch, such that the rotation part (3) can be displaced towards the base part (1) and that when the projection and groove pair are in engagement, the rotation part (3) is pivotable about the geometric axis (2), and, after passing an intermediate angular position (13), through cooperation of the projection and groove pair (19, 20), the rotation part (3) is locked relative to the base part (1), axially along the geometric axis (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: MCi (Mirror Controls International) Netherlands B.V.
    Inventor: Paulus Gerardus Maria Van Stiphout
  • Publication number: 20090026343
    Abstract: A system for mounting a frame (e.g., a mirror frame) allows the frame to be easily installed, securely mounted and readily replaced without damaging the mounting surface (e.g., the surrounding wall or mirror) or the frame. No tools are required to mount or unmount the frame. The mounting hardware is concealed within the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Applicant: MOEN INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Alan M. Bauer, Viorel Berlovan
  • Patent number: 7441741
    Abstract: A method is disclosed, which may include attaching an apparatus to a picture frame, and removing an adhesive cover from the apparatus to reveal an adhesive surface. While the apparatus, without the adhesive cover, is still attached to the picture frame, the apparatus can be pressed against a surface of a wall so that the adhesive surface adheres to the surface of the wall. The method may further include detaching a first part of the apparatus from a second part of the apparatus so that the first part of the apparatus remains attached to the picture frame and the second part of the apparatus adheres to the wall. Fasteners may be inserted into the wall using the second part of the apparatus as a guide, and the first part of the apparatus and the picture frame may be hung from the fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Inventor: Hammond Wong
  • Patent number: 7393111
    Abstract: An outside mirror for a motor vehicle has a mirror foot (1) fastenable to the vehicle and a mirror carrier (3) fastenable to the mirror foot so as to be capable of swivelling about a swivelling axis. The mirror carrier (3) is fastenable to the mirror foot (1) by virtue of the latching of at least one first detent element (11) in a first detent contour (12). In this the position of the mirror carrier (3) relative to the mirror foot (1) at at least one defined swivel angle may be secured by virtue of the latching of at least one second detent element in a second detent contour (15, 16). The mirror carrier (3) in the latched state of the first detent element (11) is displaceable counter to the pressure of a spring element (11) at least far enough in the direction of the swivelling axis for the second detent element to be unlatchable from the second detent contour (15, 16) through swivelling of the mirror carrier (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Donnelly Hohe GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Hans-Joachim Fuchs, Helmut Weimer
  • Patent number: 7370984
    Abstract: A rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle is provided. The assembly has a holding component and clamping parts to clamp the mirror assembly to the holding component. Alternative embodiments of the holding component and clamping parts are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Lang Mekra North America, LLC
    Inventors: Heinrich Lang, Wolfgang Seiboth, Stefan Centmayer
  • Patent number: 7293754
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for preventing theft of an object hung on a flat surface is provided. The locking mechanism may comprise a latch, hook and key. The latch may be attachable to the wall with an optional wall track attached thereto. Also, the hook may be attachable to the object with an optional object track attached thereto with the object track engageable to the wall track when the object is hung on the wall. Furthermore, the hook is engageable into the latch simultaneously as the object track engages the wall track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Hangman Products, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Gallien
  • Patent number: 7290892
    Abstract: An angle adjustable mirror support for a bathroom includes a mirror, a shaft mounted on the frame of the mirror, two connecting members each mounted on the frame of the mirror and each secured to the respective end of the shaft, two fixing seats each mounted on the respective connecting member, and two locking members each mounted on the respective fixing seat and each secured to the respective connecting member. Thus, the shaft has two ends each rested on the inner face of the respective side of the frame of the mirror, so that the shaft is mounted on the frame of the mirror easily without the possibility of breaking the mirror face of the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Horng Lai Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ming-Dang Shieh
  • Patent number: 7287869
    Abstract: A vehicle mirror apparatus includes a stationary side shaft holder which has a shaft (3) and which is provided on a mirror base and a housing (5) which has rotating unit (6) and which can rotate around the shaft (3), the shaft (3) passing through the housing (5). The housing (5) has a shaft holding portion (22) to which a root portion (21) of the shaft (3) is fined, rotation of the housing (5) is supported by sliding the shaft holding portion (22) over the root portion (21) of the shaft (3), one of the shaft holding portion (22) and the root portion (21) of the shaft (3) is formed with projection which project toward the other one of shaft holding portion (22) and the root portion (21) and abut against the other portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Ichikoh Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyasu Onuki
  • Patent number: 7261272
    Abstract: A conical rotary joint is provided for a vehicle mirror assembly and the like having a fixed mount and a moveable support arm. A base is carried by one of the fixed mount and moveable arm, and a conical receptacle is carried by the base. A conical plug body is received in the conical receptacle. The conical plug is carried by the other of the fixed mount and support arm. The conical receptacle has a conical bearing surface which mates with the conical bearing surface of the conical plug. A biasing element presses the conical bearing surfaces together in a tight fit to reduce play and wear. First and second indents correspond to operating and folded positions of the support arm, and biased operator has a first deflected position in which the operator engages with a selected indent to retain the support arm in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Lang Mekra North America, LLC
    Inventor: Emmanuel Courbon
  • Patent number: 7240888
    Abstract: A locking system for adjustably mounting a mirror mounting support arm with a motor vehicle which includes a locking device for securing with a motor vehicle having a recess at one end for receiving an end of a support arm. The recess is formed with a stem having at least one key formed along its length. The support shaft end is formed with at least one slot which is sized and located to matingly fit with the key. The system also includes an anchor plate for securing with the vehicle which is also adapted to mount a support arm holder. The support arm holder includes a body portion having a shoulder adjacent one end and a recess. The recess is formed with a stem therein and a key along the stem. This recess is adapted to receive a second end of the support arm. In use, the first and second support arm ends are inserted into the recesses about the stems with the slots engaged by the keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Lang-Mekra North America, LLC
    Inventor: Emmanuel Courbon