Mounted By Vacuum, Adhesive Or Magnet Patents (Class 248/683)
  • Patent number: 7641167
    Abstract: An item holder mountable by suction on a mounting surface including a deformable and transparent body. The body includes an outer surface, an inner surface, and a periphery extending around the body and surrounding the outer surface and the inner surface. The body further includes a compartment having an opening adjacent the periphery and extending between the inner and outer surfaces for removably holding an item. The body is deformable from an undeformed shape to an actuated shape to mount the holder on the mounting surface by positioning the inner surface of the body adjacent the mounting surface when the body is undeformed thereby forming a cavity between the body and the mounting surface and deforming the body to its actuated shape thereby sealing the body against the mounting surface and forcing fluid out of the cavity to create a suction between the body and the mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: We-Flex, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas M. Sheffield, Jr., Tamara K. Sheffield
  • Publication number: 20090302190
    Abstract: A chip holder for holding a fluidic chip and for providing a fluid connection thereto has a guide adapted such that the fluidic chip can be slid into the chip holder in a guiding direction. The chip holder further has a fastener adapted to press a fluidic connection toward the fluidic chip, such that the fluidic chip is fixed within the chip holder. The guide and the fastener are adapted such that the guiding direction and the direction in which the fluidic connection is pressed exhibit an angle in the range between 45° and 135°, including 45° and 135°. A fluidic system has a chip holder and a fluidic chip inserted therein. A chip holder system has a chip holder and an extension module attached thereto such that the extension module is in contact with the fluidic chip, when the fluidic chip is inserted in the chip holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicants: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., NIJMEGEN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Hoc Khiem Trieu, Johann Slotkowski, Robert Klieber, Jan Cornelis Maria Van Hest, Kaspar Koch, Floris Petrus Johannes Theodorus Rutjes, Pieter Nieuwland, Peter Wiebke
  • Patent number: 7629044
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a display strip with which the step of attaching a product-enclosed bag is easily automated and a product-enclosed bag is easily bonded again after the bag is once detached. The present invention relates to a display strip for arranging and attaching a plurality of product-enclosed bags for the display, which comprises at least a substrate layer and a sealant layer, the sealant layer being bondable to a surface layer of the bag by thermocompression bonding and having no pressure sensitive adhesive property before the thermocompression bonding, but being bondable to the bag again owing to exposure of a pressure sensitive adhesive face in the case of peeling of the bag bonded by thermocompression bonding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshio Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 7624957
    Abstract: A magnetic mounting system comprises a plurality of magnets and a base. The base includes a plurality of spaced apart mounting apertures. A suspension assembly pivotally secures each magnet of the plurality of magnets to the base. The plurality of mounting apertures of the base allow for varying magnetic arrangements of the plurality of magnets thereby allowing the magnet mounting system to be mounted onto flat surfaces, curved surfaces and/or other shaped surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Metal & Cable Corp., Inc.
    Inventor: David L. Klein
  • Patent number: 7607622
    Abstract: A suction cup device having a compact axial suction cup installation and release mechanism including a suction cup within a concave housing, and a rotational drive member structured to operate on an external surface of the housing. A drive shaft is coupled to the suction cup and extends through an aperture in the housing, projecting above a drive surface axially aligned with the concave surface formed in the housing. The drive shaft extends through an aperture in the rotational drive member and includes an inclined drive surface that interacts with a fixed drive surface to pull a flexible portion of the suction cup into the housing when the rotational drive member is rotated relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Publication number: 20090255760
    Abstract: An invention is provided for a grease gun attachment apparatus for attaching a grease gun to a metal surface. The apparatus includes a housing having a plurality of side panels, and a magnet housing that forms a portion of the housing. The magnet housing is capable of holding a magnet, which is disposed within the magnet housing. In addition, at least one fastener is connected to the housing. The fastener allows the housing to be attached to a grease gun body of a grease gun, and can be connected to the housing via the plurality of side panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventors: Dana Prest, Jeffery S. Mitchell, Bruce R. Degler
  • Patent number: 7575208
    Abstract: A holding device with a securing sheet for mounting onto a wall. The device comprises a base means and a holding means connected with said base means for supporting a foreign article. An impervious securing sheet is connectable air-tightly onto the wall and extends outwardly beyond a backside of the base means. A friction plate is connected to the base means and the securing sheet. If the friction plate and the securing sheet pull away from the wall, a negative pressure prevents the article from falling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Inventor: Yung-Huei Lan
  • Patent number: 7572411
    Abstract: A method for assembling a multiwell plate assembly, and a multiwell plate assembly prepared thereby, are provided. The method includes providing a lid for a multiwell plate body having at least one channel being formed therethrough; positioning the lid in proximity to a gasket member; applying sufficient negative pressure to the channel to draw the gasket member towards the lid; positioning the lid above a multiwell plate body, while continuing to apply negative pressure to the channel; emplacing the lid on the multiwell plate body; and, releasing the negative pressure from the channel. Advantageously, as will be recognized by those skilled in the art, various gasket members can be used in conjunction with the subject method, without altering the method. In this manner, gaskets can be selected based on their suitability for use with various biological and/or chemical samples which may be used in the bioassays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventor: John P. Hall
  • Publication number: 20090091881
    Abstract: A display device allows an auxiliary unit, such as a sub display panel or a memo clip, to be easily mounted by a user to or separated from the display device. The display device includes a display panel, a support unit to support the display panel, and at least one coupling groove formed at an edge of the display panel to allow at least one auxiliary unit to be mounted to or separated from the display panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jeong Roh Lee, Jun Su Jung, Jin Sung Kim
  • Publication number: 20090072118
    Abstract: A GPS system includes a frame having a window, a GPS navigator supported by the frame, wherein a display of the GPS navigator is facing opposite to the window of the frame, a radar detector received in the frame to align with the window thereof, and an attaching element attaching the GPS system to an interior side surface of a vehicle such that the display of the GPS navigator is rearwardly facing towards the driver while the radar detector is forwardly sending out detecting signal through the window of the frame. The GPS system integrates the two important driving assistant equipments together, occupies minimal mounting space, and utilize only one car power outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventor: Edward Zheng
  • Patent number: 7487872
    Abstract: A protective cover for use on one or more saw blades. An insert can be positioned on the saw blade(s). The cover is formed from a heat shrinking material that is shrunk around the saw blade(s) to provide a thin close fitting cover that protects teeth on the saw blade(s). A tag can be attached to the cover and/or saw blade(s) and/or an insert. The tag has a security device disposed thereon. The tag can be used to hang the saw blade(s) from a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: John Curtsinger, Daniel G. Findle, Leonard R. Baublitz
  • Patent number: 7469869
    Abstract: A two-piece magnetic holder for holding a non-magnetic sheet onto a magnetically attractive surface includes an upper half and a lower half joined at a releasable hinge. The lower half is adapted for magnetic retention onto a magnetically attractive surface while the upper half selectively pivots relative to the lower half to allow gripping and releasing of an object from between portions of the upper and lower halves. A first magnet member is disposed in the lower half of the holder for magnetically coupling the two-piece holder to the magnetically attractive surface while a second magnet member is disposed in the upper half of the holder for magnetically coupling the first end of the upper half to the lower half. The upper half has a curvilinear body that defines a first end and a second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Inventor: Thomas Killion
  • Patent number: 7441734
    Abstract: A vehicle-used suction disk retainer has a seat. The seat is installed with a suction disk and a buckling seat which are connected as an integral body. An adjusting sheet is installed in an embedding groove of the seat. As the retainer is used in a car, when the adjusting sheet is moved, the buckling seat has a force to pull a part of the suction disk to move downwards and the suction disk presses downwards. Thereby the upper and lower forces are fixed. When a reverse action is applied, it can be pulled up from the ear. Thereby the retainer can be fixed, which can be used to place a device, such as a PDA32. Furthermore, the retainer is compact, light and small volume and thus it is portable and usable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Haicom Electronics Corp.
    Inventor: Chii-Moon Liou
  • Publication number: 20080258035
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plastic container provided with at least one suction cup. Said container comprises a holding recess (15) arranged in a container wall (12) for the holding projection (16) of the suction cup, and also comprises a flat receiving trough (18) arranged around the holding recess. The suction cup can be elastically flattened with the suction cover thereof (19) in the receiving trough such that the suction cup is arranged in an essentially expanded manner in the receiving trough and establishes a flush seal with the external contour (34) of the container wall (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2004
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventor: Andre Wichelhaus
  • Publication number: 20080245947
    Abstract: A mat having a resiliently deformable mat portion and a securing element provided thereon for securing an item attached thereto against movement and relative to the mat portion is provided. The mat is arranged to grip a support surface on which the mat portion is laid, in use, by formation of at least a partial vacuum between the mat portion and the support surface upon deformation of the mat portion. The mat comprises a projection arranged to urge the item away from the mat when held by the mat, thereby to create a deformation in the mat portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2005
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Inventors: Ian Webb, Mark Armstrong, Tom Cotton
  • Patent number: 7431251
    Abstract: A magnetic mounting platform assembly for removably retaining handheld devices using magnetic attraction. The magnetic mounting platform assembly provides a substantially flat support surface backed by an interface structure that secures the magnetic mounting platform assembly to an external mounting surface. A permanent magnet is disposed within a cavity that positions magnet in close proximity to the flat support surface. According to one embodiment of the invention, the interface structure also captures and secures the magnet between the pad and the mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Publication number: 20080217505
    Abstract: A two-piece magnetic device will secure trim (baseboards, crown molding, door jams, etc.) to permanent structures (walls or ceilings). The magnetic device will be comprised of a thin magnet strip and a magnetic conductor is disclosed. Each of the pieces of the device will be attached to the trim and the permanent structure, respectively. The magnetic properties between the magnets on the trim and the magnetic conductor placed on the permanent structure will keep the trim securely in place while providing for easy removal and replacement of the trim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventor: Denise M. Cohoon
  • Publication number: 20080217506
    Abstract: Magnetic trim (baseboards, crown molding, door jams, etc.) that will be secured to permanent structures (walls or ceilings), using magnetic attraction between a magnet and a magnetic conductor is disclosed. The magnetic properties between the magnets within the trim and the magnetic conductor placed on the permanent structure will keep the trim securely in place while providing for easy removal and replacement of the trim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventor: Denise L. Cohoon
  • Patent number: 7374142
    Abstract: An apparatus for removably retaining by magnetic attraction any of various modem handheld devices. The magnetic mounting apparatus provides a magnetic mounting platform having a socket-like recessed support surface surrounded by a raised lip and backed by an interface structure that secures the magnetic mounting platform assembly to an external mounting surface. A permanent magnet is disposed within a cavity that positions magnet in close proximity to the flat support surface. A separate and distinct ferromagnetic adapter plate is adhered to a device to be supported, the adapter plate being structured for accommodation by the socket-like recessed support surface for removably retaining the device by magnetic attraction to the magnetic mounting platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Patent number: 7360334
    Abstract: A fishing net system comprises a handle having a top and a bottom. A loop extends from the bottom of the handle, and a mesh is attached to the loop. A connector system is operably coupled to the fishing net at a location spaced apart from the top of the handle. The connector system is configured to removably couple the fishing net to a user's back. A method is also provided for attaching a landing net to the back panel of a fishing garment, which includes the steps of removably coupling the handle of the landing net to the top section of the garment; and removably coupling the landing net to the middle section of the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Inventor: Bart G. Christiansen
  • Patent number: 7287738
    Abstract: An article for mounting from or against the ceiling is removably coupled to a base fixedly secured to the ceiling, by a person standing on the floor, supporting the article on an elongated rod, and thrusting the article against the base to couple the article and the secured base. The article is removed by inserting the rod into the article, exerting a force on the rod to uncouple the article from the base, and supporting the article on the rod as the article is lowered. The article is thus positioned on or hung from the ceiling, without being manually contacted by the person. The article may be used to mount other devices, such as a sign, smoke detector, etc. or may include such device as a part of the mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Accessmount LLC
    Inventor: Nelson Douglas Pitlor
  • Patent number: 7275769
    Abstract: The present invention is an organizational system, which includes filing pockets and writing surfaces and is designed to be either removably mounted on a surface using magnets or permanently attached to a surface via nails or tacks or otherwise. The invention allows the user to file and identify papers in a compact and readily accessible manner and to make notations and retain information in a readily accessible manner. The major elements consist of a front side that is comprised of a plurality of labeled pockets for the storage of items and may include a separate removable writing surface. The back side may also contain a plurality of secondary pockets for retaining magnets for mounting to a magnetic planar object such as a refrigerator door. The organizational system of the present invention, in a preferred embodiment, has four filling tabbed pockets and comes in a variety of colors. Included in the filings system is a color coordinated dry erase board, tabs, and a dry erase pen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Inventor: Allison Marie Mills
  • Patent number: 7276272
    Abstract: A stretch releasing adhesive article for mounting on a wall surface includes an elongated stretch releasing adhesive strip having a first major surface with a non-adhesive contact surface adjacent the first end, and a backplate having a first major surface including a protrusion arranged in overlapping relation with the adhesive strip non-adhesive contact surface that serves to concentrate a force applied by a user in the region of the first end of the backplate in the region of the non-adhesive contact surface of the adhesive strip. A method of adhesively mounting an item to, and removing an item from, a wall surface that is susceptible to damage without damaging the surface is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Eiji Mizuno, James L. Bries
  • Patent number: 7275294
    Abstract: A parts holding device that includes a holder with a row of spaced-apart cavities, within which parts may be disposed. A bar containing a plurality of spaced-apart permanent magnets is movably mounted to the holder and is disposed parallel to the row of the cavities. The bar is movable in the direction of the row of the cavities between first and second positions. When the bar is in the first position, the magnets are aligned with the cavities and the magnetic attraction forces generated by the magnets hold the parts in the cavities, and when the bar is in the second position, the magnets are not aligned with the cavities and the magnetic attraction forces generated by the magnets do not hold the parts in the cavities. The parts holding device is connected to a movable mounting structure for movement therewith. The bar is biased to the first position and is moved to the second position by movement of the bar against a cam surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: David K. Okuley
  • Patent number: 7255313
    Abstract: A bracket assembly to suspend objects, having a bracket and a suspending tab assembly for organizing objects in a suspended manner. The bracket comprises a rear and front wall joined at a top edge and a bottom edge. An interior seam defines the interior area where the rear wall and the front wall join. The front wall comprises at least one aperture having a longitudinal channel defined by edges. The suspending tab assembly comprises a generally elongated torso having a first tab at its distal end. The first tab is shaped to snugly fit within the at least one aperture. Opposite the first tab, the torso has a second tab. The second tab has adhesive means. A peel-off sticker initially covers the second tab to prevent unwanted matter from sticking to the adhesive means. The rear face of the rear wall also has adhesive means and also has a peel-off sticker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Inventor: Terry Lane
  • Patent number: 7229051
    Abstract: A support device for supporting at least one medical wire adjacent a supporting surface. The support device comprises a plate-shaped holder portion defining a peripheral edge, the holder portion comprising a support slot defining a loading opening made in the peripheral edge of the holder portion, a holder well made transversely in the holder portion spacedly from its peripheral edge, and a channel made transversely in the holder portion and extending between the holder well and the loading opening. The holder well is dimensioned such that it is broader than the medical wire the support device is destined to support. The support device further comprises attachment means connected to the holder portion for attaching the support device to the supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Inventor: Robert Mailhot, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7226026
    Abstract: A suction device includes a suction cup having a peg extending therefrom and a transverse shaft extending in opposite directions from the peg, an inner cap positioned on the suction cup and retaining a spring that applies a restoring force to the suction cup, and an outer cap positioned on the inner cap and defining inclined slots in which the opposite ends of the shaft are movably received, respectively. By rotating the outer cap with respect to the inner cap causes camming action between each inclined slot and the respective end of the shaft, which in turn imposes a driving force on the peg to deform the suction cup thereby inducing a suction force. An elongate flexible member has a first end coupled to the inner cap and an opposite second end rotatably supporting an article receptacle in which an article, such as mobile phone and a personal digital assistant can be received and retained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Inventor: Christina Lin
  • Patent number: 7188821
    Abstract: Described is a removable assembly for use on a fixed surface. The assembly includes a post having a base (42) and an attachment assembly (8). The attachment assembly includes a base plate (10) and a magnet assembly (12), both capable of carrying a magnetic current. The magnet assembly includes a housing (20) and a magnet (22) disposed within the housing. To use, the magnet assembly is placed adjacent the base plate, the magnetic forces attracting and holding them together. The magnet is positioned apart from the base plate while the housing contacts the base plate to form the magnet circuit. An attachment plate (30) is connected to the housing upper wall adjacent its outer surface. The attachment plate includes one or more outwardly projecting attachment bolts (26). As assembled, the bolts engage corresponding openings (48) in the post base (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Pacific Cascade Parking Equipment Corporation
    Inventor: Mark A. Curtis
  • Patent number: 7121515
    Abstract: A redetachable self-adhesive device a) whose reverse face is bonded with a strip of a double-sidedly adhering adhesive sheet in such a way that one end of the adhesive sheet projects beyond the device as a grip tab, b) the adhesive sheet is such that the bond made with it is redetachable by stretching pulling on the grip tab of the strip in the direction of the bond plane, wherein c) on its reverse face (2) the device (1), in the region (3A, 3B) situated against the grip tab (6) of the adhesive sheet strip (5) or and also partly against the free adhesive composition, has an average roughness Ra of 0.4–25 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: tesa AG
    Inventors: Achim Franck, Andreas Junghans, Bernd Lühmann, Thorsten Krawinkel
  • Patent number: 7097144
    Abstract: A hanger includes a hanger body having a prescribed external peripheral shape on which clothing is hung up. A first magnet is arranged in a projecting manner on a rear side of the hanger body for attaching the hanger to a prescribed suspending place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Inventor: Tatsuyuki Kohno
  • Patent number: 7048248
    Abstract: A method of loading cutting tool inserts in a PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) coating equipment consists in using a tube manufactured of a non-magnetic metallic material surrounding a stack of alternating discs of a magnetic material and iron. The north poles of the magnets are directed towards each other and the cutting inserts are positioned on the outer wall of the solid tube and kept in place by the magnetic forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Sandvik Intellectual Property AB
    Inventors: Tor Norrgrann, Ingemar Hessman
  • Patent number: 6994307
    Abstract: A protective cover for use on one or more saw blades. The cover is formed from a heat shrinking material that is shrunk on the saw blade(s) to provide a thin close fitting cover that protects teeth on the saw blade(s). A tag can be attached to the cover and/or saw blade(s). The tag has a security device that is spaced from the saw blade(s) to prevent interference. The tag can be used to hang the saw blade(s) from a display device. An insert card having indicia thereon can be positioned on the saw blade(s) to convey information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: John Curtsinger, Daniel G. Findle, Leonard R. Baublitz
  • Patent number: 6962314
    Abstract: A holder includes a base having a disk and a combination seat, an elastic plate mounted on the disk and having a protruding elastic portion, a sucker mounted on a bottom of the disk and having a shaft extended through the through hole of the disk and the slot of the elastic plate, and an actuating handle having an enlarged head pivotally mounted on the shaft and urged on the elastic portion of the elastic plate. Thus, the holder is assembled and disassembled easily and conveniently, thereby facilitating the user mounting the holder. In addition, the holder is assembled rigidly and stably, so that the holder will not become loosened during a long-term utilization, thereby facilitating the user using the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: Luh Da Industry Corp.
    Inventor: Fu-Lu Hsu
  • Patent number: 6929232
    Abstract: A magnetic soap holder comprising a substantially vertical portion and a substantially horizontal portion. The vertical portion being horizontally mountable to a flat surface and extending upwardly and outwardly from a base. The horizontal portion extends upwardly and outwardly from the vertical portion and includes a horizontal end portion. The horizontal end portion having a top surface and a flat bottom surface. A magnet is attached to the bottom surface for magnetically attracting a magnetic member pressed into a bar of soap, thereby suspending the bar of soap above a tub or sink basin. The structure, geometry and design of the present invention facilitates better materials of construction for the magnetic soap holder, improving quality and overall appearance of the soap holder, as well as increased height of the magnetic soap holder, improving the utility of the soap holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Noveletti, LLC
    Inventors: Nancy R. Gasperi, Michael L. Gasperi, Steven S. Cascio
  • Patent number: 6857616
    Abstract: An improved cap style soap gripper for a magnetic soap holder including a hole in the side wall of the cap to facilitate insertion into a bar of soap and textured grooves on the inside surface to increase pullout force. A powder coating further increases the pullout force by increasing the surface energy of the cap. Elevating the temperature of the cap prior to insertion also facilitates the cap's insertion into a bar of soap and increases the required pullout force. A decreased diameter to height ratio, in addition, eases the insertion of the cap into a bar of soap, and lessens the effect of soap erosion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: Noveletti, LLC
    Inventors: Nancy R. Gasperi, Michael L. Gasperi, Steven S. Cascio
  • Patent number: 6854412
    Abstract: A suction device includes a suction cell formed to include a cup having an open end and a stem extending from a side of the cup opposite from the open end. A control system is connected to the stem and arranged to form a partial vacuum in the cup such that the cup is attached to the substrate. The control system may include an actuator and a strain sensor connected to the stem. The actuator preferably includes a length of a material that includes a shape memory alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Billy Courson, John Shelburne, John Mittleman
  • Patent number: 6769541
    Abstract: The invention concerns a self-adhesive hanger device comprising a self-adhesive portion formed with a first flexible synthetic film strip (1) and hanging means formed by a second flexible synthetic film strip (5) welded integral to the first strip (1) along a parting line (6), the second strip (5) forming at least a tab provided with a slot (10) adapted to form a loop for hanging an object (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Inventor: Denis Carriere
  • Patent number: 6745987
    Abstract: A device for selectively immobilizing a container, such as a container containing a cosmetic product, on a surface may include a sleeve having a free edge defining an opening for mounting the device on the container. One end of the device remote from the free edge may form a perforated bottom, a peripheral edge of which may form a lip configured to be pressed in sealed manner onto the surface. In collaboration with a portion of the container, the device may form a suction cavity to thereby selectively immobilize the container on the surface. The perforated bottom may optionally define at least one opening, where the at least one opening may extend away from the geometric center of the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: L'Oreal S.A.
    Inventors: Guilhem Rousselet, Nicolas Albisetti
  • Patent number: 6739567
    Abstract: Described is a removable assembly for use on a fixed surface. The assembly includes a post having a base (42) and an attachment assembly (8). The attachment assembly includes a base plate (10) and a magnet assembly (12), both capable of carrying a magnetic current. The magnet assembly includes a housing (20) and a magnet (22) disposed within the housing. To use, the magnet assembly is placed adjacent the base plate, the magnetic forces attracting and holding them together. The magnet is positioned apart from the base plate while the housing contacts the base plate to form the magnet circuit. An attachment plate (30) is connected to the housing upper wall adjacent its outer surface. The attachment plate includes one or more outwardly projecting attachment bolts (26). As assembled, the bolts engage corresponding openings (48) in the post base (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Pacific Cascade Parking Equipment Corporation
    Inventor: Mark A. Curtis
  • Patent number: 6737135
    Abstract: Redetachable, self-adhesive device having a plate, the sides and/or front side of which have fastening means, if appropriate, and the rear side of which has a strip of an adhesive film which is adhesive on both sides and is adhesively attached in such a way that one end of the adhesive film protrudes beyond the plate as a grip, the adhesive film being of such a kind that the adhesive bond achieved with it can be released again by pulling, stretching the strip, characterized in that the plate (1) has at its end, or on its rear side (2) at least in the region (3A, 3B) which bears against the grip (6) of the adhesive film strip (5), low stick and slip friction with respect to the adhesive film strip (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: tesa AG
    Inventors: Bernd Lühmann, Andreas Junghans
  • Patent number: 6732986
    Abstract: A magnet mount for at least one magnet includes a carrier element and at least one restraining element. The restraining element is formed as a single piece with the carrier element. The restraining element preferably is formed simply and cost-effectively as a projection protruding from the carrier element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Heidrich
  • Patent number: 6729591
    Abstract: A paper attachment device is composed of a cap (10), a cup (20), a driving plate (30) and a magnet (40) axially combined in sequence. The cap (10) has a stud movably penetrating through the cup (20) and the driving plate (30) and firmly secured with the magnet (40). The driving plate (30) has multiple resilient arms (30) pressing the cup (20) toward the cap (10), whereby paper can be held between the cup (20) and the cap (10) to make the paper attachment device versatile in usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Synchro Ent. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Nick Hsu
  • Patent number: 6708412
    Abstract: A bench plane jointer fence having a fence body secured to the side of any conventional ferromagnetic bench plane by two rare earth magnets mounted in the fence body and by the cooperation between a fence registration surface that bears against the sole of the plane and a repositionable stop screw. The fence is usable to facilitate planing of a workpiece edge square to an adjacent workpiece reference surface and may utilize a one-piece fence body. Planing of a workpiece edge at angles other than square to an adjacent workpiece reference surface is possible by pivoting a lower portion of the fence relative to an upper portion or, in the case of a one-piece fence body, by attachment of an auxiliary fence having a wedge-shaped cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Lee Valley Tools, Ltd.
    Inventors: Terry Ross Saunders, Leonard G. Lee
  • Patent number: 6663077
    Abstract: The invention provides a sucker structure comprising a sucker body made from flexible materials including a base portion having a central blind hole being of a T-shaped cross-section; a rim portion having an annular projection, a recess and a flat outmost edge; and a declining intermediate portion connected between the base portion and the rim portion, wherein the recess is located between the projection and the declining intermediate portion; a supporting disk including an annular edge portion comprising a first annular groove for engaging the annular projection of the sucker body therein and a second annular groove outside of the first annular groove; a sealing filler engaged with the semi-circular groove; a threaded rod including a rod body with a male thread thereon and an flange at one end thereof, wherein the flange is inserted into the central blind hole of the base portion of the sucker body and formed as an integral with the sucker body; and an adjusting nut member engaged with the threaded rod by a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Inventor: Dejun Zou
  • Patent number: 6651945
    Abstract: A device for hanging an article with a portion having magnetic susceptibility such as a metallic hanging wire or loop. The device includes a base portion for attaching the device to a structure. The base portion includes a wall-engaging portion and an article guiding portion. The device also includes an engagement structure for engaging the article, the engagement structure attached to the base portion. At least a portion of the device includes magnetic material to attract the portion of the article having magnetic susceptibility. The article guiding portion guides the article to the engagement structure so as to facilitate the engaging of the article to the engagement structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Inventors: Ernest Rivellino, Michael E. Rivellino
  • Publication number: 20030213889
    Abstract: Holding devices are disclosed that are configured to hold an optical component of an optical system without actually contacting the optical component. An embodiment of such a holding device is operable in a vacuum environment, such as used in an Extreme UV (EUV) optical system, and effectively holds the optical component without imposing stress on the optical component. The embodiment includes a receptacle configured to receive a mounting portion of the optical component. The receptacle includes at least one gas bearing. At least one exhaust groove (or analogous feature) is situated and configured to scavenge gas discharged by the gas bearing and to exhaust the scavenged gas so as to avoid burdening the vacuum chamber with the discharged gas. Desirably, the receptacle defines multiple gas bearings each including a respective air pad, each desirably including at least one respective exhaust groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2002
    Publication date: November 20, 2003
    Applicant: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Takaharu Miura
  • Patent number: 6644613
    Abstract: A label for suspending an article from a support has a lower surface and includes an adhesive on the lower surface to secure the label to the article. The label further includes a hanger defining an opening therein and an interlock tab. The interlock tab is adapted to selectively engage the opening to interlock with the hanger to form a hanging loop including the hanger and the interlock tab. A molded suspendable assembly includes a molded article and an in-mold label secured to the article. The label includes a hanger defining an opening therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Pharmagraphics (Southeast), L.L.C.
    Inventor: Glenn A. Grosskopf
  • Publication number: 20030201369
    Abstract: A rivet assembly having improved mechanical and aesthetic qualities to secure suction cups to a functional member, such as a hook. The rivet assembly comprises a head portion and a base portion. The base portion is integrally formed with the suction cup and comprises an annular, outwardly projecting post which couples with a corresponding hollow and annular receiving portion located on the underside of the rivet head. The engagement between the two secures the suction cup to the functional member, such as a hook.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2002
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Applicant: InterDesign, Inc.
    Inventor: Philip C. Dretzka
  • Patent number: 6637792
    Abstract: A mud pan support device magnetically attachable to, and releasable from, a flat bottom panel of a mud pan to be carried in one hand while applying joint compound with a trowel or mud spreading tool held in the other hand. The device includes an elongated substantially flat support panel and a handle connected to and extending from a central area of one surface of the support panel. A substantially flat magnetized panel is connected to, and is at least partially coextensive with, another surface of the support panel and is sized to be at least partially coextensive with the bottom panel of the mud pan. The magnetized panel is of sufficient magnetically attractive strength to serve as an only means for secure magnetic engagement between the magnetized panel and the bottom panel when the mud pan is filled with mud or plaster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: Pro-Line, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles D. McCoy, Mark McCourt, Roy Yahraus
  • Patent number: 6616790
    Abstract: Redetachable, self-adhesive device having a plate, the sides and/or front side of which have fastening means, if appropriate, and the rear side of which has a strip of an adhesive film which is adhesive on both sides and is adhesively attached in such a way that one end of the adhesive film protrudes beyond the plate as a grip, the adhesive film being of such a kind that the adhesive bond achieved with it can be released again by pulling in the direction of the bonding plane, stretching the strip, characterized in that the rear side of the plate (1) has laterally alongside the adhesively attached adhesive film (5) spacers (3A, 3B), the height of which is less than the thickness of the adhesive film (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: tesa AG
    Inventors: Bernd Lühmann, Andreas Junghans, Thomas Raadts