Mounted By Vacuum, Adhesive Or Magnet Patents (Class 248/683)
  • Patent number: 10343499
    Abstract: A sun visor system for selectively increasing the height of a sun visor includes a vehicle that has a sun visor. An extension unit is slidably coupled to the sun visor. The extension unit is selectively positioned in a deployed position to extend downwardly from the sun visor to block sunlight from passing beneath the sun visor. The extension unit is selectively positioned in a stored position such that the extension unit does not extend downwardly from the sun visor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Ellen Feinstein
  • Patent number: 10312757
    Abstract: Provided is a permanent magnet rotor that includes a plurality of magnets sequentially disposed on an outer circumferential surface of a core having a cylindrical shape along a circumferential direction of the core and a plurality of projection portions each disposed between the magnets adjacent to each other. Then a cover portion is formed such that a height of a space in a radial direction of the core is more reduced as from a base portion of the projection portions toward a tip end of the cover portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Akira Nishifukumoto, Hidetoshi Mitsui
  • Patent number: 10172436
    Abstract: A system and method for attaching a device to a user includes securing a first plate to a user. The first plate can be secured to the user, for example, via one or more straps and/or a hook and loop fastener. The system and method further include securing a second plate to the first plate, wherein an article of the user's clothing is sandwiched in between the first plate and the second plate. The first plate and second plate may be secured to each other by a magnetic connection, by engagement of a sliding pin that pierces a portion of the first plate and the second plate, or a combination of a magnetic connection and an engagement of a sliding pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: WatchGuard, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert V. Vanman, Jim Dulaney, Larry Hall, Gary Burton, James Walter Exner
  • Patent number: 9738234
    Abstract: A fastening apparatus is configured to fasten an electronic device to other objects. The fastening apparatus includes a fastening base, a connection assembly pivotably connected to the fastening base, a first magnet, and an adhesive layer positioned on the fastening base configured to fix the fastening base to other objects. The connection assembly includes a connection portion and a second hinge positioned on the connection portion. The first magnet is positioned on a side of the connection portion to detachably grip the electronic device, and the second hinge is positioned on other side of the connection portion opposite to the first magnet. The second hinge is pivotably connected to the fastening base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: ScienBiziP Consulting(Shenzhen)Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yu-Tan Lien
  • Patent number: 9560844
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved magnetically attachable spray apparatus with a spray body extending between an angled mounting surface and a spray means, the angled mounting surface being generally secured to and supported by a magnetically attachable base which is moveable between a horizontal and a vertical configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventors: James N Hertzog, George W Steinmeir
  • Patent number: 9058754
    Abstract: A portable sign having a two axis adjustable mounting requiring no tools for adjustment. The sign may be an electronically programmable flat sign. The mounting may comprise at least one linear slidably adjustable arm configured for varying a position of the arm. The arm may have a suction cup attached thereto by a flexible band wrapping around the arm. The flexible band configured to allow rotation around the arm in a plane perpendicular to the arm. The flexible band having detents molded therein to ensure secure retention of the weight of the sign at any detent stop position. The sign may have a housing with slots running the length of the sign for attaching the arms. The housing may be extruded and may include board mounting and end cap attachment features in the extrusion. The sign may typically include four adjustable arms; however any number may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventor: John Scheiman
  • Patent number: 9038971
    Abstract: An apparatus for the holding of an IPAD® or other mobile computing platform includes a magnetic arm assembly connected to a first end of a flexible shaft. A ferric metal circle is adhered to a back panel of the IPAD®. A center magnet provided within a center of the magnetic arm assembly which applies a force to the metal circle sufficient to retain the IPAD®, thereto. A plurality of flexible arms extends radially from the center magnet and bear against a protective case that retains the IPAD®. An opposite second end of the flexible shaft is connected to a base member. The base member may include a threaded clamp, a spring clamp, a suction cup or a weighted base, depending on the desired location for holding the IPAD®.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Beau Thomas Guthrie
  • Publication number: 20150138721
    Abstract: A fixing mechanism includes a base, a supporter, a torsional component, an actuating component and a resilient component. The supporter is rotatably disposed on the base. The torsional component is disposed on the base and has a first engaging portion. The actuating component is disposed on the supporter and is further movably switched between a first position and a second position. The actuating component has a second engaging portion. The actuating component moves from the first position to the second position to engage the second engaging portion with the first engaging portion. Two ends of the resilient component are respectively connected to the supporter and the base. When the second engaging portion is disengaged from the first engaging portion, the resilient component rotates the supporter relative to the base. A rotary angle between the supporter and the base is fixed by the torsional component via the actuating component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Chen-Yi Liang
  • Patent number: 9022331
    Abstract: A suction device includes an elastic base and a release structure connected operably to the elastic base. The elastic base has a peripheral portion for to hermetically contacting a contact surface and defining a vacuum chamber therebetween when a predetermined external force is applied on the elastic base, thereby mounting the elastic base on the contact surface. The release structure has a projection protruding outwardly and partially from the elastic base when an applied force on the elastic base is greater than the predetermined external force and retracting inwardly within the elastic base so as to be disposed in the vacuum chamber when the elastic base is mounted on the contact surface such that a distance between a protruding end of the projection and the contact surface is greater than zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Buckingham Industrial Corporation
    Inventor: Kuo-Chuan Lin
  • Publication number: 20150092346
    Abstract: A support that is selectively adjustable to a plurality of configurations that enable a variety of viewing/user orientations of a mobile device. The mobile device includes a display, a back panel, a support positioned at the back panel, and adjustment members pivotally connected to respective outer ends of the support and mounted at the back panel to facilitate linear, reciprocating movement along an axis so as to change the relative orientation of the support relative to the back panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Dekock Ben, McEuen Shawn
  • Patent number: 8979046
    Abstract: A vacuum suction device of the present invention comprises: a cover which is rotatably mounted on the upper portion so as to couple to a flat surface by means of vacuum suction; an suction plate, which is coupled to the lower portion of the cover, for vacuum suction to the flat surface; and a height adjustment member, which is arranged between the cover and the suction plate, for moving the suction plate back and forth according to the rotation of the cover; wherein a plurality of fixing pieces are formed on the upper surface of the inside of the cover, a plurality of elastic stoppers are coupled to the inside of the height adjustment member, so as to be movable by sliding when each of the fixing pieces is in contact, and for fixing the cover by each of the fixing pieces being hooked to the end portion of the cover so as to prevent reverse rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Chul Seok Woo
  • Publication number: 20150070839
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus permits easy and quick attachment and removal of the apparatus securing a portable device to smooth surfaces, or objects. An injection molded platform which allows multiple suction cups to be attached to secure a portable electronic device such as a smart phone, cellular phone, tablet, e-reader, or other digital media device to a smooth surface, or object. The primary platform is an injection molded part specifically designed to accommodate the insertion of mini suction cups, small suction cups, and medium suction cups. The injection molded platform contains multiple openings specifically designed to allow the attachment of an array of suction cups, and alternative mechanisms including kickstand assembly, elastic straps or cording. It is a further object of the invention to provide a platform apparatus that can be attached to smooth surfaces for different sized devices with touch screen capabilities, and devices with camera and video functions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: August A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8973878
    Abstract: Herein are disclosed systems and methods and assemblies for mounting an accessory base to a surface (e.g., a wall surface). The systems comprise a mounting bracket which can be attached to the surface by a double-faced adhesive such as a stretch-releasing adhesive. The accessory base can be attached to the mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Craig Thompson
  • Patent number: 8967562
    Abstract: The mountable holder comprises a body having a cavity, an upper face, a first side portion, a second side portion and a back portion, with the back portion extending between the first and second side portions and the cavity defining an opening on an upper face and being useable to selectively receive objects. The holder further includes a pair of magnetic connectors, with one of the magnetic connectors extending between the back portion and the first side portion and the other magnetic connector extending between the back portion and the second side portion. The magnetic connectors operatively enable the holder to be magnetically mounted to a metallic surface when the back portion is positioned adjacent the metallic surface, and the magnetic connectors operatively enable the holder to be magnetically connectable to additional holders at the first and second side portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Bileth
  • Patent number: 8967574
    Abstract: Hang tags are provided for mounting on merchandise in a retail setting. The hang tags include a card with a plurality of edges, with a region of reinforcing material located at or adjacent to the top edge of the card, surrounding an aperture through which a fastener is received. The region defines the shape of a pair of intersecting elongated shapes such as ovals or ellipses, thereby positioning the reinforcing material in the locations where it is most needed to prevent theft-based removal of the tag from the merchandise, while omitting reinforcing material from the locations where it is not needed. Also provided is an attachment device, such as an applicator gun, for substantially simultaneously applying the reinforcing material to the tag and fastening the tag to a piece of merchandise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Avery Denninson Corporation
    Inventor: Ian J. Forster
  • Patent number: 8950727
    Abstract: A supporting device for a snorkel is described, comprising a fixing element for a diving mask strap. According to the invention, the fixing element is formed by a clip (1) suitable for being fixed to a tubular portion of a snorkel and by a clip (2) suitable for being fixed to a diving mask strap, the clips (1, 2) being provided with connectors (5, 11) suitable for coming into contact with each other, each connector (5, 11) featuring a magnetic property for mutual attraction of the two clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Kai Skudelny
  • Publication number: 20150034799
    Abstract: A clipboard is defined by a planar support having a back surface that retains at least one magnet, thereby permitting releasable attachment of the clipboard to a metallic supporting surface. A dry-erasable steel surface is secured to the front of the support and a hinge clip attached enables at least one paper to be secured to the front side of the clipboard as well as at least one magnet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Christian Q. Krapf, Artem G. Sivak, Dana Castronova
  • Publication number: 20150036289
    Abstract: A base support structure eliminates tilting of laptops and similar user devices. The base support structure comprises at least one back foot and at least one front foot that is constructed using a first material bonded to a second material. The first material has at least one cavity and is designed to provide a contact mechanism designed to withstand an impact of a touch screen interaction force and/or a radial force when opening or accessing the display. The contact mechanism secures the laptop to a solid surface on which the laptop is placed with at least a first amount of force. The front foot/feet and the back foot/feet are attached to a base housing of a base segment of the laptop and separated by a relative spacing pre-determined to enable enhanced stability of the laptop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Deeder M. Aurongzeb, B. Bryce Busby, Andrew Thomas Sultenfuss
  • Patent number: 8931745
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing and supporting a mobile electronic device, comprising a protective shell for mounting the mobile electronic device, the protective shell comprising a female connector, wherein the female connector having a first magnet; and a support for fixing to a supporting surface, the support comprising a male connector, wherein the male connector having a second magnet; wherein the protective shell and the support constitute a detachable connecting structure; and wherein exposed ends of the first magnet and the second magnet having opposite magnetic poles. When joining the protective shell and the support, the male and female connectors need only be placed in approximate of each other for the connectors to be drawn towards each other and guided into proper alignment by magnetic force exerted by the two magnets. This way, the user's sight on the joining process is not necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Innomax Limited
    Inventor: Wai Kit Ng
  • Patent number: 8919724
    Abstract: A mount for a mountable element includes a frame, and a plurality of flexures supported by the frame. The plurality of flexures are configured to be outwardly extended against a restorative bias, so that the element can be inserted therebetween. The mount further includes a plurality of intermediate bonds that may be inserted between the plurality of flexures and the element while the plurality of flexures are outwardly extended. Among other things, a system and method mounting the element are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Anjali Rangaswamy, Geoffrey A. Long, Kelly L. Jung, Gregory L. Klotz
  • Publication number: 20140376179
    Abstract: A surface contact for a support component is described. The support component, for example, can serve as a “kickstand” that can be positioned to support the apparatus in a variety of orientations relative to an adjacent surface. A surface contact disposed on the support component can serve as an interface (e.g., a “foot”) for the support component on the adjacent surface. For instance, the surface contact can be formed from a slip-resistant material such that slippage of the support component on an adjacent surface is reduced or eliminated. In at least some embodiments, the surface contact is embedded with a material that responds to a magnetic field, e.g., a ferromagnetic material. The surface contact is attracted to magnets on an adjacent edge of the attached apparatus, thus stabilizing the support component in a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Kurt Allen Jenkins, Joseph B. Gault
  • Publication number: 20140361142
    Abstract: A magnetic stand for a tablet device is disclosed. The magnetic stand is configured to rigidly hold a portion of the tablet device in place and to shield the magnetic field from adversely affecting nearby devices susceptible to strong magnetic fields. The shielding portion of the magnetic stand allows for significant increases in magnetic field strength when compared to similarly configured, unshielded products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Matthew D. ROHRBACH
  • Patent number: 8900394
    Abstract: An adhesive fastening element (802) for holding a workpiece (808), the adhesive fastening element (802) comprising: an outer member (804); and a consumable inner member (806) disposed inside the outer member (804) and releasably movable relative to the outer member (804) along a longitudinal axis of the adhesive fastening element (802); wherein the consumable inner member (806) comprises a bonding surface which, in use, is bonded by an adhesive (810) to the workpiece (808) and is removed and replaced to detach the workpiece (808) from the adhesive fastening element (802).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventors: Mark H. Raffles, Dragos Axinte, Helen L. Llewellyn-Powell
  • Patent number: 8894026
    Abstract: The fixing device of this present invention provides a fixing device of a sucking disc type with smaller volume and simple structure, connects to a housing case of the portable electronic device by a locking screw, and comprises an elastic rubber plate and a resilient metal sheet. The elastic rubber plate has an air-hole. The resilient metal sheet also has a through-hole. The resilient metal sheet forms a tiny gap with the elastic rubber plate, when the fixing device is pressed onto the smooth surface of the metal or glass object, the air between said rubber plate and the smooth surface of the metal or glass object going through the through-hole into the tiny gap and going out of the elastic rubber plate via the air-hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Mu-Sheng Lin
  • Patent number: 8894027
    Abstract: Various methods and devices involving reprographic copy stands are described. A reprographic copy stand may include a first support element configured to support a first cover of a book at a first plurality of angles. The reprographic copy stand may also include a second support element configured to support a second configured to support a second cover of the book at a second plurality of angles. The reprographic copy stand may include a platform configured to couple with the first support element at a first plurality of positions and the second support element at a second plurality of positions. The distance between the support elements may be variable according to the position of the first support selected from the first plurality of positions and the position of the second support selected from the second plurality of positions such that a plurality of book binding thicknesses are accommodated by the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Operations Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Reese, Shawn Reid
  • Patent number: 8879149
    Abstract: An arrangement for mounting a projection screen for a head-up-display, which can be attached in a removable fashion to a windscreen of a vehicle in the driver's field of vision, contains a mount for the projection screen, which mount forms a detachable connection with a base frame. The mount has a carrier on which the projection screen is mounted and which can be connected to the base frame by at least two magnetic coupling points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Controls GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Kunze, Horst Rumpf
  • Publication number: 20140299739
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device to which medical instruments may be removably attached in an operating theater. Such device includes a landing pad attachable to a surgical gown about the region between the abdomen and chest of a person wearing the surgical gown and a magnet attached to the landing pad. Medical instruments are removably attached to the magnet for use by an operator in a surgical theater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Bradeaux LLC
    Inventor: Brian P. Bradow
  • Patent number: 8827216
    Abstract: A tool support system is disclose having a yoke; a plurality of concentric rings having at least one ring pivotally connected to the yoke; a tool fastening mechanism to secure a tool in the support system; and one or more rotation components to permit the tool to rotate within a ring of the support structure. One or more of the concentric rings can be added to the system or can replace one or more concentric rings to accommodate tools of different sizes. The invention includes a method of configuring a support apparatus and a support apparatus kit with various interchangeable parts, and parts that can be built out to varying degrees to permit the support structure to be used on numerous types of tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventors: Garrett W. Brown, Anthony D. Sacksteder, Micah Black, David G. Asmann
  • Patent number: 8824166
    Abstract: A magnetic stand for a tablet device is disclosed. The magnetic stand is configured to rigidly hold a portion of the tablet device in place and to shield the magnetic field from adversely affecting nearby devices susceptible to strong magnetic fields. The shielding portion of the magnetic stand allows for significant increases in magnetic field strength when compared to similarly configured, unshielded products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew D. Rohrbach
  • Patent number: 8814112
    Abstract: Herein is disclosed an article support device capable of being attached to a mounting surface using a stretch-releasable adhesive tape, the device comprising a base and a support body that is rotatably and non-detachably connected to the base, wherein the support body is rotatable relative to the base, between a first position in which the base and the stretch-releasable adhesive tape are hidden, and at least one second position in which at least a portion of a pull tab of the stretch-releasable adhesive tape is visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Craig D. Thompson
  • Patent number: 8807509
    Abstract: The invention provides a securing device for use in securing an object to a supporting surface, and/or for restraining an object relative to a supporting surface. The securing device includes a base (20) having a loading region (28) to which a force is applied by the object. The securing device also includes a first securing member (30) and a second securing member (50) for securing the base to the supporting surface, the base (20) pivotably engaging the first securing member (30) in order for the base to be able to transmit a force to the first securing member substantially without inducing a moment about the first securing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Inventeq Technologies
    Inventor: Adriaan Retief Swanepoel
  • Patent number: 8740161
    Abstract: A holder for sustaining a handheld electronic device is provided. The holder includes a sucker and a positioning device. The sucker has a central and peripheral portion. The positioning device, which is disposed on a side of the sucker, comprises a housing, a ball, a clamping assembly and a rod. The housing is disposed on the sucker and has a receiving space for the ball and the clamping assembly. The rod has a first end connecting to the central portion of the sucker and a second end extending towards the receiving space. When the rod is led to position the sucker onto an object, the clamping assembly is adapted to restrict the ball simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventor: Wen-Sheng Hsu
  • Patent number: 8708305
    Abstract: An article support assembly includes a stretch releasable adhesive strip having an adhesive portion and a non-adhesive pull tab portion, and a unitary article support member arranged over at least a portion of the adhesive portion of the stretch releasable adhesive strip. The article support member and pull tab are configured so that when the article support member is mounted on a surface using the stretch releasable adhesive strip, the pull tab remains exposed but is visually inconspicuous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Sean C. McGreevy, Craig D. Thompson, Jameel R. Qiblawi, Berlin Fu, Ho H. Kun
  • Patent number: 8695935
    Abstract: A magnetically mountable firearm or sporting instrument holding device of relatively small compass which is readily removable and portable, and can be utilized for providing a convenient place for hunters and sporting enthusiasts to rest their guns and sporting instruments upright on the outside of their car or other metal surface, and to protect that surface from scratches. The magnetic portable firearm or sporting instrument holding device generally includes a universal retaining member for supporting firearms and other sporting instruments having two opposite ends, the first end of which constitutes a recessed receiving end with inwardly tapered arms for guiding the instrument in place, and the second end comprising a common or multi-component magnetic mounting base. The mounting base may include a joining platform collar to orientate, mount, secure, and support the retaining member, and prevent twisting of the magnetic element of the mounting base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: SpecTech, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Kasbohm
  • Publication number: 20140070071
    Abstract: A removable, reusable support stand for generally planar objects such as photographs, cards, signs, compact disc jewel cases or the like is disclosed, which includes a flat card stock formed into a generally triangular shape with a first fold across the base; a slit from fold line to the center of the base of the triangle forming two flaps or attachment tabs that are covered with an adhesive material and are folded along a fold line to expose the adhesive; and is folded along a line from the apex of the triangle to the top of the slit; and which may then be affixed to the back of the generally planar object to be displayed. The stand can generally be removed and repositioned, or affixed to another object to be displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Susan T. Turcotte
  • Patent number: 8662463
    Abstract: A temporary bracket includes a mounting bracket, an absorbing dish, and a placing member. The mounting bracket includes a mounting body. A mounting opening is defined in the mounting body. The mounting opening includes a wide part and a narrow part communicating with the wide part. The absorbing dish includes a suction cup for sucking a surface, a neck portion extending from the suction cup, and a securing portion extending from the neck portion. The neck portion is disposed in the narrow part. The securing portion is used for extending into the wide part and moves to the narrow part to enable the neck portion to be disposed in the narrow part. The placing member is secured to the mounting bracket for supporting an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yun-Lung Chen, Chuan-Kai Chang, Tsung-Te Tai
  • Patent number: 8590232
    Abstract: A display article comprising one of a magnetic and magnet attractive material disposed such that the material defines an area, a substrate for the material, the substrate optionally being permeable to a pushpin, the material allowing a magnet or magnet attractive material to be secured thereto, the material be integrally secured to the substrate so as to form a composite article whereby an item to be displayed can be secured to the composite article by a magnet or magnet attractive material and optionally by a pushpin. The composite article is suitable for use as a display surface, allowing securement of articles to be displayed by a magnet or optionally by pushpin. The composite article may be used as wallpaper or a wall covering, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Bonnie Roche
  • Patent number: 8573548
    Abstract: Merchandising support system of the type having a holding member adapted for engagement of a cantilevered accessory arm thereto. The holder is adapted for mounting on a surface of a display panel or the like and comprises a mounting platform with a throat extending therethrough. The accessory arm is supported in the throat in cantilevered fashion and includes a first magnetic material that engages a second magnetic material with the latter disposed in the throat proximate to a rear surface thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Marlite, Inc.
    Inventors: Jamie Kuhn, Randy A. Breyer, Mary Elizabeth Shea
  • Patent number: 8556224
    Abstract: A bar that is to be attached to a wall includes two stanchions, each stanchion supporting a portion of an elongated piece that extends from one stanchion to the other. A supporting connector having a lower portion attaches to and extends upwardly from each of the stanchions and a portion above the lower portion. A horizontal support extends horizontally from the portion above the lower portion of the connector between the stanchions and is disposed a distance D1 above each the stanchion. And, an adhesive is disposed beneath and attaches to the horizontal support and extends along a length thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Liberty Hardware Mfg. Corp.
    Inventors: Semen Kharchenko, William H. Spencer, Jr., Helli Marie McDaniel, Michael Glenn Geels, Jigui Li, Hyun Moon
  • Patent number: 8550235
    Abstract: A fastening assembly for attaching a ferrous metal baking pan to a baking rack, the baking rack having a plurality of bars, the fastening assembly including an “E” plate having a stem and a plurality of arms, a pair of bar receiving channels, the channels consisting of the arms' interstices; at least a first permanent magnet; and a concavity and seal combination interconnecting the at least first permanent magnet and a medial arm among the “E” plate's plurality of arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Bunting Magnetics Co.
    Inventor: Donald A. Suderman
  • Patent number: 8550423
    Abstract: An exemplary decoration hanger of the present disclosure comprises a mounting portion having an adhering surface, and a clamp portion attached to the mounting portion, the clamp portion comprising a mouth configured to receive a part of a decoration and a tongue resiliently biased towards the mouth to retain a part of a decoration in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Ready 2 Go Limited
    Inventors: Oliver Peter John Taylor, Matthew James Stokes
  • Patent number: 8540197
    Abstract: A skateboard mounting arrangement consists of a top part that includes a magnet and a bottom part that includes a bottom extension. When the bottom part is mounted below the top part on a wall support, the bottom of the skateboard is retained by the bottom extension and the magnet attracts and holds the top part to the wall support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventors: Frederick S. Krol, II, Kevin A. Polak
  • Publication number: 20130221189
    Abstract: The device provides a quick release holding capability. The holder apparatus include a top plate attachment for the portable handheld-size device and a base plate mounted on a variety of surfaces via means that include but not limited to: brackets, screws, rivets, etc. Asymmetrical turn lock mechanism in conjunction with magnetic locks prevents accidental release. It also has additional feature where the portable device can be turned 360 degrees in increments of 90 degree angles activating magnetic locks in each 90 degree position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Dmitry Kubin
  • Patent number: 8520838
    Abstract: A device for providing a stand with legs to support a cell phone on a flat surface, which stand may be pivoted into a spacer to maintain spacing between the phone and a user's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventor: Andrew W. Madden
  • Patent number: 8514059
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to a transponder holder for controlling the readability of a transponder by an interrogator. Embodiments of the transponder holder can be removable mounted to a support structure, such as a windshield of a motor vehicle. The transponder can be supported by a plate of the transponder holder, which can be moved to position the transponder in a readable position and an unreadable position to allow a user to select whether the transponder is readable by an interrogator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Highway Toll Administration, LLC
    Inventor: David Centner
  • Patent number: 8496222
    Abstract: A bracket coordinating device includes a rubber disc having a bottom surface capable of being fitted with a curved or planar surface, a compressing disc disposed on the rubber disc in a manner facing a top surface of the rubber disc, and an actuation device, a shaft member being connected on the top surface of the rubber disc vertically, a through hole being defined in a central portion of the compressing disc for passage of the shaft member, the actuation device being capable of driving the shaft member to move axially so as to make the compressing disc compress or be separated from the rubber disc. A resilient rubber member is sandwiched between the rubber disc and compressing disc to store elastic potential energy when it is compressed axially so as to counteract the compressing force. The bracket coordinating device of the invention has simple construction, reliable connection, wide application, and extended lifespan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Steelmate Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Zhitao Li
  • Publication number: 20130187023
    Abstract: An apparatus including a housing; and a stand connected to the housing. The stand is configured to cooperate with the housing for the housing and the stand to support the apparatus on a surface. The stand is movable on the housing between a retracted position and an extended position. In the retracted position the stand is substantially flat against the housing. In the extended position the stand projects from the housing with a general triangular shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventor: James Renwick
  • Patent number: 8490936
    Abstract: The present invention provides a decorative light hanging system for presenting a lighted outline of a building structure, and includes a decorative lighting strand, a plurality of releasable magnetic alignment holder pairs each pair comprising oppositely charged magnetic disks including a first disk attached to the building structure and a second disk with a conduit mount attached thereon for receiving the decorative lighting strand therein, and a hanger for positioning and aligning the second disks upon the corresponding first disks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventor: Lance Rinck
  • Patent number: 8480044
    Abstract: An omni-direction rotatable dual-cup suction device includes two suction cups, which are respectively combined with and in communication with two evacuation structures, so that the two evacuation structures can evacuate air from the suction cups to induce vacuum suction forces. The two suction cups are respectively provided with a mounting seat and an attaching seat for securely coupling the two evacuation structures. The mounting seat includes a pillar fixed thereto. A collar receives a ball end of a bar therein and is attached to the pillar. The ball-ended bar is coupled to a threaded rod, which extends through an internally-threaded locking knob and received into the attaching seat to be secured by a nut. With such an arrangement, one of the suction cups can be attached to a planar fixture surface, while the other suction cup can be used to hold an article and is orientation adjustable in any direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Lih Yann Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Po Lin Liao
  • Patent number: 8434730
    Abstract: Devices and systems for leveling wall hangings and for maintaining the wall hangings level can include magnets and magnetic targets. As an example, a magnet can be secured to one of a wall hanging and a wall, and the magnetic target can be secured to the other of a wall hanging and a wall. Interaction between the magnet and the magnetic target can aid in positioning the wall hanging. The magnetic target can include another magnet or a magnetic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventor: Tonya Ahlstrom