Miscellaneous Patents (Class 256/1)
  • Patent number: 10301786
    Abstract: An apparatus may be positioned at the side of a roadway for ensnaring tires of an oncoming land vehicle. The apparatus comprises a base layer further comprising a plurality of receptacles to hold spikes at both lengthwise edges of the base layer. The base layer is adapted to support a net package in a rolled stowed configuration. The net package includes a set of spikes tethered to netting. A deployment hose is connected to the base layer to cause the base layer to become unrolled for deployment when the deployment hose is inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company (California) LLC
    Inventors: Joseph M. Sullivan, Paul D. Wallis
  • Patent number: 10246840
    Abstract: A one-piece resiliently deformable base assembly for an item of street furniture or a barrier, the base assembly comprising an elongate street furniture receiving portion and a base mounting portion, wherein the base assembly is formed from a polyurethane polymer, and the base mounting portion comprises a flange including one or more fixing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Traffic Management Products, Ltd.
    Inventors: Darryl Meek, Daniel Robinson
  • Patent number: 10208906
    Abstract: An ultraviolet court-illumination system is used to light a playing court and any related equipment in a fluorescent manner. The system includes at least one playing court, a first plurality of ultraviolet (UV) court lights, a plurality of fluorescent game boundary-markers, and at least one fluorescent game fixture. The playing court is used for playing games or sports. The plurality of fluorescent game boundary-markers is superimposed onto the playing court and is used to delineate the boundaries of the playing court. The fluorescent game fixture is mounted onto the playing court and may be a net, a goal, or any other fixture used to play the sport. Each of the first plurality of UV court lights is peripherally positioned about the playing court and is used to illuminate the fluorescent game boundary-markers and the fluorescent game fixture. The first plurality of UV court lights is powered by a power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Jason R. Cordova
  • Patent number: 10156079
    Abstract: A fitting for coupling an open upper end of a hollow section column to a support via which a building unit is to be supported on the column. The fitting comprises a body portion configured to be received in the open upper end of the column and rim portions that extend laterally outwardly from an upper end of the body portion so as to engage edge sections of the column at its upper end when the body portion is received in the open upper end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Bernard Kennelly
  • Patent number: 10077171
    Abstract: In a vehicle having a stationary frame and a rotating upper body, and wherein the frame includes a plurality of outriggers with pads, a safety barrier is provided, comprising a barrier support member attached to each of the pads, and extending away from the vehicle, wherein the support member includes an upper section adapted to retain a flexible barrier; and a flexible barrier attached across the upper sections of the support members to establish a safety perimeter around the vehicle. A storage rack is also provided for retaining the support members when not attached to the pads, wherein the rack includes a upper bracket having a U-shaped portion adapted to attach to the vehicle; and a frame adapted to carry all of the support members, wherein the frame includes a retention member to retain the support members within the frame in a secured position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventors: Grant C. Chustz, Michelle R. Chustz
  • Patent number: 10041218
    Abstract: The guardrail, which may take the form of various types of guardrails, is noteworthy in that it includes an impact detector/indicator, for indicating the location of the guardrail involved in an impact or accident and also for notifying the accident and the place where it occurred to a traffic control station or to public assistance personnel. The detector/indicator includes a convex protective plate (2) attached to the front of the guardrail (1) with which it is used, said plate (2) protecting a connection box (3) and a tube (4) so as together to create a means for detecting and communicating the impact that occurred, also having an indicator light (5) for flagging up the impact, said indicator (5) being positioned on a support plate (6) secured above the protective plate (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Jose Manuel Sanchez De La Cruz
  • Patent number: 10030445
    Abstract: Systems and methods of fencing systems are provided that incorporate tri-truss assemblies and/or self-closing gates. A tri-truss assembly may provide stability and support to a gate that is part of a portable or temporary fencing system. A tri-truss assembly may be configured to support a self-closing gate that is part of a pool fence. A tri-truss assembly may include three vertical support members. Two of the three vertical support members may include pins configured to be placed within pre-drilled holes in a surface in order to maintain the tri-truss assembly upright. A third vertical support may be a different length (shorter or longer) than the first two vertical support members and include an adjustable foot, such as a threaded bolt, configured to contact the surface and provide additional stability and/or support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Cover Care, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Patrick Callahan, Patrick Edward Callahan
  • Patent number: 10030342
    Abstract: An impact-absorbing levee-shaped structure consisting essentially of a resistant structure formed of reinforced embankment, the impact-absorbing levee-shaped structure includes: a continuous buffer wall of a flexible structure disposed on an impact-receiving surface of the resistant structure; and an anchor unit configured to support the continuous buffer wall, in such a manner that the continuous buffer wall cannot be separated from the resistant structure, thereby capable of preventing the continuous buffer wall from floating from the impact-receiving surface of the resistant structure upon application of impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: PROTEC ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: Toshimitsu Nomura, Shoichi Inoue, Yoichi Nishita
  • Patent number: 9945084
    Abstract: A crash diversion barrier converts the forward momentum of a vehicle into a lateral motion that urges the vehicle back onto the road and minimizes the forces exerted on the vehicle. This is accomplished by having a linkage that is comprised of a diversion link, a reaction link and, a slider mechanism. The forward momentum of the vehicle rotates the diversion link which steers and translates the vehicle back onto the roadway. The angle of an entrance line of deflection is minimized to enhance safety of other vehicles on the roadway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Lawrence Eugene Warford
  • Patent number: 9840854
    Abstract: A barrier, such as fence panel, is formed from a plurality of channel-shaped rails and plurality of upright members. Each upright member traverses the rail channels of the rails forming the barrier and is mechanically connected to the rail, such that the upright member is selectively tiltable with respect to the rail within an angular adjustment range. The mechanical connection between rail and upright member may be formed by a weld, such as a resistance weld, by a permanent adhesive, or with a fastener such as bolt or screw. A tab that extends from the rail web may be used to connect a rail to an upright member. The tab may depend from a bracket installed within the rail channel, or may be cut out and bent into the channel from the web. The tab is rotatable about an axis situated at or adjacent the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ameristar Perimeter Security USA Inc.
    Inventor: Edward L. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 9840282
    Abstract: A collision countermeasure apparatus includes an impact absorbing body attached to an outboard side of a sub-frame and a rigid link. The rigid link is attached to the impact absorbing body at an outboard location and extends upward to an outer side of a frame rail. A frontal impact with a rigid barrier outboard of the frame rail drives the impact absorbing body into the link to force the link into the outer side of the frame rail. The force applied to the frame rail by the impact absorbing body laterally displaces the vehicle to reduce the extent of intrusion into the passenger compartment of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Saied Nusier, Mohamed Ridha Baccouche, Saeed David Barbat, Jamel E. Belwafa
  • Patent number: 9773400
    Abstract: Provided is a pole type protector for a rack protection, which may include a tubular column member which is spaced-apart from a rack and is installed upright on a floor; a tubular clamp which is configured to fixedly insert the lower end of the column member; an impact absorption member which is configured to seat and support the lower end of the tubular clamp on the upper surface thereof, wherein the lower surface thereof is disposed contacting with the floor, and an inner hollow part is formed in the central direction, and the impact absorption member is made of an elastic material; and a flange type support member which is fixed at the floor while passing through the tubular clamp and is configured to fix together the lower end of the tubular clamp and the impact absorption member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventor: Jin Ok Kim
  • Patent number: 9769988
    Abstract: A landscaping border segment includes about two dozen rigid unit pieces arranged in a series and held together with top end base elastic joining members. Male and female connection features are mounted at opposite ends of the landscaping border segment. A plurality of ground penetrating stakes extend away from a ground contact surface. The landscaping border segment may assume a straight configuration in which the rigid unit pieces are held apart from one another by the elastic joining members, but may also assume a continuum of curved configurations. A landscaping border may be created by joining a plurality of landscaping border segments end to end in a series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventors: Melvin A. Stoltzfus, Allen Z. Stoltzfus, Benjamin S. Graber
  • Patent number: 9763850
    Abstract: An interlocking fitness roller is disclosed. The ends of a column-shaped roller body comprise retaining holes and locating holes. A hollow cylindrical assembly is inserted into a hollow interior of the column-shaped roller body. The hollow cylindrical assembly connects with elastic pieces, and each elastic piece comprises a retaining block and a positioning pin, which are respectively engaged with the retaining hole and the locating hole of the column-shaped roller body. The surface of the column-shaped roller body is covered by a pad. Accordingly, depending on different uses, the length of the interlocking fitness roller is adjustable. Two column-shaped roller bodies are connected by respectively engaging the retaining blocks and the positioning pins of the elastic pieces with the retaining holes and the locating holes, so as to is prevent the connection from becoming loose during rolling, thereby ensuring the robustness of the connection between the column-shaped roller bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventor: Cheng-Kuo Cheng
  • Patent number: 9725856
    Abstract: A cover for a concrete parking block has a first lateral end, second lateral end and a longitudinal enclosure. The first lateral end and the second lateral end can be either open or closed. The longitudinal enclosure is the same length as the concrete parking block. The protective cover can be made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO), Acrylonitrile Butadiene styrene (ABS) or foam and resin. The protective cover can also be used to as a bicycle stand. In doing so, the bicycle wheels are inserted into V-shaped slots of the longitudinal enclosure. A water bladder is attached to the protective cover when used as a bicycle stand. A reflective coating is applied on the exterior of the protective cover in order to provide more visibility during low light conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Alexander Povoli
  • Patent number: 9719273
    Abstract: A vegetation barrier for use beneath a fence to inhibit the growth of vegetation beneath said fence includes two vegetation barrier members and an intermediate member. Each vegetation barrier member is joinable to a fence post at one end and engages an intermediate member at the opposite end through longitudinally slidable engagement, allowing the vegetation barrier to readily accommodate uneven spacing between fence posts and further allowing the vegetation barrier to expand and contract. The vegetation barrier member and/or the intermediate member may further comprise elongated openings that allow the vegetation barrier to be secured to an underlying surface by a securement member that passes through the elongated opening and into the underlying surface, while still allowing for expansion and contraction of the vegetation barrier. Further provided are methods of covering a surface beneath a fence using said vegetation barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Brian Raab
  • Patent number: 9714069
    Abstract: A base member attached to a supporting surface has an open top cavity in the general shape of a shoe and a base assembly housing, which is attached to the lower end of a rigid pedestal which supports an apparatus at its upper end, is foot shaped in part to nestle in the base member shoe area. A manually operable securing device releasably secures the housing snugly in the base member so that the pedestal is readily attached and removed as necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventors: Richard J. Garelick, Todd William Moore
  • Patent number: 9683340
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a bollard system includes multiple support beams adapted to be embedded in concrete, multiple bollards, each bollard being attached to a support beam a point near a center of the beam, and a reinforcing bar that is woven between the support beams to provide reinforcement to the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: The UAB Research Foundation
    Inventors: Dean Sicking, David Littlefield, Kenneth Walls
  • Patent number: 9677234
    Abstract: Vehicle restraints and fence systems that offer better protection to the driver and vehicle in the event of an accident where the car becomes airborne and leaves the road or track, and catch fences for halting the overrun of a car leaving a racetrack. The catch fences may have pivotable poles and a cable extending between the poles. Net or fencing is installed between the poles, supported by the cable. The poles may be angled or curved, with a plurality of cables extending therebetween or with a net extending from the poles and attached to a Steel and Foam Energy Reduction barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Engineered Arresting Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Sofia Wynnytsky, Mark Slimko, Reggie Torrez, Robert Withers, Hugh K. Delong, III, Danny Warrick, Kirk F. Schneider, Thomas H. Ross, Marcos Villa-Gonzales, Dennis Page, John Patrick McGinley, Peter T. Mahal, Richard L. Orner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9652951
    Abstract: There is disclosed herein a barrier assembly (1) adapted to inhibit access to an area. The assembly including at least two markers (2) operatively associated with each other to define an area where access is to be inhibited. Means to connect said markers and monitoring means adapted in use to determine if access to said area has been breached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: SOTAERIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: David Robin Bean, Matthew James Hollamby
  • Patent number: 9550638
    Abstract: The present application discloses devices for collecting and hauling materials, and methods of using the devices. The devices generally include a post and a sheet. The post includes a number of attachment points and the sheet includes a number of connectors. The connectors are selectively attachable to the attachment points on the post to position the sheet between an open orientation for loading the materials onto the sheet, and a closed orientation for transporting the device with the materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: Andrew Chuman
  • Patent number: 9545562
    Abstract: A method of blocking tennis balls from one tennis court at a tennis facility from entering an adjacent tennis court. The method includes providing a vertical frame defining a front and a back, installing a removable panel on the frame, the vertical frame and the removable panel defining a temporary, removable, portable partition, temporarily placing the partition between a first tennis court and a second court at a tennis facility, the first and second tennis courts being adjacent to each other, via the partition, blocking a tennis ball played on the first tennis court from entering the second tennis court, and after play has concluded on the first tennis court, removing the partition from between the first and second tennis courts. The partition includes a hollow base having a fill port to receive water, sand, or another pourable, fungible substance for weighting the base and partition down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: Jon M. McLamb
  • Patent number: 9382678
    Abstract: A stackable barrier unit includes: an elongate main body having a top surface, a bottom surface, longitudinal ends, and two sidewalls each having an upper margin joined to the top surface a lower margin extending tower than the bottom surface of the main body. A base width defined between lower outer margins of the sidewalls is greater than a top width of the top surface. Engagement extensions having engagement features extend from the longitudinal ends for linking two or more barrier units together. The engagement features may include a tapered pin and a hole. A rib may connect the first sidewall to the second sidewall below the bottom surface. A channel may be formed in the top surface of the main body directly above and parallel to the at least one rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: Kenneth Paul Rogers
  • Patent number: 9302174
    Abstract: A transformable obstacle assembly is described. Embodiments of the transformable obstacle assembly include a dual rail structure and a pair of support structures. Typically, the dual rail structure can include a first rail, a second rail, a plurality of ribs, and a pair of panels. The plurality of ribs can be implemented to couple the first rail to the second rail. To elevate the dual rail structure of the ground, the pair of support structures can be coupled to opposite ends of the dual rail structure. In one embodiment, a height of the support structures can be altered to raise and lower the dual rail structure. Typically, the dual rail structure can be implemented in either a horizontal orientation or a vertical orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventors: Cory Fuhrmeister, Carl Borgstrom
  • Patent number: 9297128
    Abstract: A spike strip for disabling vehicle tires is disclosed which is formed from a scissor arm assembly of a plurality of arms engaged at pivots. Moveably from a collapsed position to an elongated position the assembly has a plurality of spikes engaged thereon for puncturing vehicle tires. The spikes can be removed and replaced and can be formed into spike nets by an engaged cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventors: Xue Bing Tang, Quan Yong Tang, Pin Yin
  • Patent number: 9260258
    Abstract: A barrier for a dock with a dock upper surface terminating in a dock edge and a pair of vertical floor sleeves within the dock having openings at the dock upper surface. The barrier including an elongate base member having an H-beam structure with a horizontal web between two flanges, the base member defining a pair of forklift fork pockets, a pair of sleeve-insertion members extending downwardly from the base member and configured for engagement with the floor sleeves, at least one post member extending upwardly from the base member and a cross-member attached to the at least one post member and spaced above the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Grant Leum
  • Patent number: 9168446
    Abstract: A protective padding assembly for covering a section of chain link fence of the character found in sports venues, such as baseball fields, soccer fields, football fields and the like, wherein the section of chain link fence includes a hingeably connected swinging gate. The protective padding assembly uniquely includes a fence covering section, a gate covering section and an intermediate, wedge shaped portion for covering the gate hinges in a manner that will not interfere with opening and closing the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventor: Troy Robinson
  • Patent number: 9163418
    Abstract: A removable safety barrier for a construction site pit, in which piles support the sides of the pit, and having a plurality of upright barrier posts at spaced intervals, supported on the piles, the barrier posts extending below grade level around the edge of the construction pit and also above grade level; a plurality of retention panels, shaped to fit between adjacent posts; personal barrier supports secured to the barrier posts above grade level; and personal barrier members supported in the supports, extending substantially transversely between the upright barrier posts, and the retention panels being located below grade level extending between the barrier posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventors: Paul Luke Ditta, Vito Ditta, Joseph Ditta
  • Patent number: 9052167
    Abstract: A rocket propelled grenade shield including a flexible net and a frame secured to the flexible net supporting the flexible net. Spaced hard points are attached to the net, the hard points including a base portion with a cavity therein and a plug received in said cavity locking each hard point to the flexible net.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Foster-Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Farinella, Robert Lee Cardenas, William R. Lawson, Brendan LaBrecque, Frances Rush, David Hoadley, Michael Wheaton, Mike Anderson, Thomas Mann, Abed Kanaan, Patrick Callahan
  • Patent number: 9033314
    Abstract: A visualization, alignment and support tool permitting one person fence rail installation, and greatly speeding the installation when more than two persons are employed. Specifically, the tool magnetically affixes temporarily to a fence pipe and offers support for a length of fence rail; especially the ends of adjacent fence rails, so that the rails are supported and level relative to a fence pipe bracket which is affixed to the fence pipe. The rail ends can then be fastened with screws or other fasteners to the fence pipe bracket when desired without further adjustment required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Kenneth J Roddy, Jeffrey H Roddy
  • Publication number: 20150053905
    Abstract: A post cap assembly for covering an upper end of a post is provided. The post cap assembly may include a post cap body having an internal post cavity that is sized and shaped to receive the upper end of the post and having a topper receiving aperture extending at least partially through the post cap body. An interchangeable topper may be positioned within the topper receiving aperture and projecting from the top side of the post cap body. Other post caps and related systems and methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: N. Eric Knudsen
  • Publication number: 20150021531
    Abstract: A vegetation barrier for use beneath a fence to inhibit the growth of vegetation beneath said fence, the vegetation barrier comprising two vegetation barrier members and an intermediate member. Each vegetation barrier member is joinable to a fence post at one end and engages an intermediate member at the opposite end through longitudinally slidable engagement, allowing the vegetation barrier to readily accommodate uneven spacing between fence posts and further allowing the vegetation barrier to expand and contract. The vegetation barrier member and/or the intermediate member may further comprise elongated openings that allow the vegetation barrier to be secured to an underlying surface by a securement member that passes through the elongated opening and into the underlying surface, while still allowing for expansion and contraction of the vegetation barrier. Further provided are methods of covering a surface beneath a fence using said vegetation barrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Brian Raab
  • Patent number: 8844907
    Abstract: A fence/railing post cap system for use with a fence/railing post includes a decorative and utilitarian structure which enables removal and storage of a cap of the system to accommodate reception of beverage containers and the like within a base of the system and which provides for a pole with accessory structures therein to be mounted on the base by passing through an opening in the cap when the cap is in position on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: James E. Davis, Peter V. Stewart
  • Patent number: 8690201
    Abstract: A gate latch includes a bracket including a vertical backplate, a lower plate, and an upper plate. Each of the plates is attached to and extends in the same direction away from the backplate. Each of the plates includes first and second throughholes, in which the first throughhole of the lower plate is vertically aligned with the first throughhole of upper plate, and the second throughhole of lower plate is vertically aligned with the second throughhole of the upper plate. The latch includes a rigid bolt including first, second, and third elongate portions, with the first and third elongate portions being connected together, the second and third elongate portions being connected together, and the first and second elongate portions being parallel. The first elongate portion is movably positioned in the first throughholes, and the second elongate portion is movably positioned in the second throughholes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: James Frazier
  • Publication number: 20140061561
    Abstract: A fence post cap comprising an apparatus for holding small objects for entertaining (e.g. food and beverages). In a preferred embodiment, the cap comprises a small table, such as a round, square, or rectangular table, and/or a serving bowl, affixed to the top of a fence post that is part of an outdoor deck railing. The apparatus may be permanently affixed to the post, or non-permanently affixed wherein it may be easily exchanged with another cap suitable to an occasion. The cap may further comprise a means to attach the cap to the fence post, such as a base that affixes to the underside of the table/bowl and slides over the fence post. In a preferred embodiment, the base comprises a collar affixed to the underside of a pan that holds the apparatus (table top), and wherein the pan is the same dimensions as the table top.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Goldstein Brit
  • Patent number: 8662478
    Abstract: A perimeter boundary for a camping ground adjacent a conventional recreational camper that is operable to substantially inhibit a small child or pet from exiting the area defined by the perimeter boundary. The perimeter boundary further includes a plurality of panels having a first end and a second end and further including two horizontal support members and a plurality of longitudinal support members. The panels further include keepers mounted thereto on the first end and the second end. A multitude of connection members are provided that are generally rod shaped and function to releasably secure the plurality of panels. A stair panel is included that is formed so as to be mounted at least partially around stairs protruding from the recreational camper. A riser panel is further included to substantially cover the open riser area of the stairs of the recreational camper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Bonnie Jones, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8640398
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a fence stake including a lateral rod side connected to a vertical rod at spaced intervals. An alternative embodiment includes bending the vertical stake in a complete reversal to also connect the end of the vertical rod to the lateral rod to provide a second connection location and directly transfer hammer blow to the lateral rod. A further alternative embodiment includes adding an angled rod that is connected to the lateral rod, connected to the vertical rod, or connected to both the lateral rod and the vertical rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Todd Richmond
  • Patent number: 8640654
    Abstract: An attachment and method for a fence system to prevent a pet from escaping a fenced comprising at least one first support member adapted to be attached substantially horizontally to at least a portion of the fence system, a plurality of second support members adapted to be attached substantially vertically to the at least one first support member, and a plurality of inserts adapted to be received within the plurality of second support members. Each of the plurality of inserts is capable of extending out of a lower portion of the each of the plurality of second support members upon digging the fenced area by the pet animal such that the extended plurality of inserts block the dug area to prevent the pet animal from escaping the fenced area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth Wakefield
  • Patent number: 8607488
    Abstract: An advertising system for a bollard includes a bollard shield that can be installed over a conventional bollard. The bollard shield includes a shield inner diameter greater than the bollard outer diameter, forming a shield gap between the bollard and the bollard shield. One or more compressible foam pads are positioned in the shield gap between the bollard and the bollard shield. A resilient bollard sheath can be rolled onto the bollard shield. The bollard sheath includes advertising or graphical materials disposed thereon. The bollard sheath is generally replaceable without replacing the entire bollard shield. A removable sheath panel may be detachably secured on the bollard sheath to provide additional advertising or graphical material. The sheath panel may be interchangeably and replaced with additional sheath panels having different advertising information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Screen Trans Development Corp.
    Inventor: Brandon Steele Johnston
  • Publication number: 20130306926
    Abstract: A barrier including a series of barrier posts arranged relative to one another to control the movement of people, animals and motor vehicles. The barrier herein disclosed has particular application for use at a golf course. A first end of a containment belt is attached to a spring that is located within a spring housing carried by a first barrier post. The opposite end of the containment belt has a tab to be releasably attached to a hook which projects from an adjacent barrier post so that the containment belt extends between the first and adjacent barrier posts. In one embodiment, the spring housing is located inside the first barrier post. In another embodiment, the spring housing is detachably connected to the barrier post.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas Bock
  • Patent number: 8573566
    Abstract: A freestanding fence supported on x-shaped posts or x-posts that sit on top of the ground. Two tubes are welded together at approximately a 55 degree angle to form each x-post. The legs of the x-posts are provided with adjustable length feet and with receivers for holding electrical or non-electrical fence wires. Universal joints secure horizontal members between adjacent x-posts. The universal joints secure to a pair of ears proved on each leg of the x-posts. An adjustable height footed vertical support member can be installed on each horizontal member approximately midway between the adjacent x-posts. The fence is constructed of easily transported and assembled pieces that can be disassembled, moved, and then reassembled as often as needed. Once assembled, the fence is strong and stable and can be used to mount various types of equipment such as lighting, security, camera, motion detection, solar panels, radio frequency identification devices, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: ArdenX LLC
    Inventor: Dennis Arden
  • Patent number: 8561969
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to deck handrails, and more particularly to wooden deck handrails. Specifically, the invention relates to a protective deck handrail cover for deteriorating wood deck handrails constructed in most decks and porches exposed to the harsh effects of extreme weather conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Harry T Daniel
  • Publication number: 20130263549
    Abstract: A system for providing a safety barrier around a work area on a high-rise structure includes at least one vertical rail detachably connected to the structure. The system also includes a safety screen assembly detachably connected to the structure. The system further includes an adjustment mechanism operable to translate the vertical rail(s) and safety screen assembly relative to the structure at appropriate times. A method for moving a safety screen system on a high-rise structure includes detachably coupling at least one vertical rail and safety screen assembly to the structure, and actuating an adjustment mechanism at appropriate times to move the rail(s) and safety screen system upwardly relative to the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: Helmark Steel, Inc.
    Inventor: John Kelly
  • Patent number: 8523478
    Abstract: An access delay vehicle barrier for stopping unauthorized entry into secure areas by a vehicle ramming attack includes access delay features for preventing and/or delaying an adversary from defeating or compromising the barrier. A horizontally deployed barrier member can include an exterior steel casing, an interior steel reinforcing member and access delay members disposed within the casing and between the casing and the interior reinforcing member. Access delay members can include wooden structural lumber, concrete and/or polymeric members that in combination with the exterior casing and interior reinforcing member act cooperatively to impair an adversarial attach by thermal, mechanical and/or explosive tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Sandia Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Swahlan, Jason Wilke
  • Patent number: 8517349
    Abstract: Devices and methods for supporting guardrail terminal installations that incorporate safety end treatments such as the GET and the SRT. Preferred embodiments are described wherein guardrail terminal installations are primarily anchored to the ground using weak support posts that are preferably made of metal. The ends of the guardrail installation are secured to the ground using breakaway posts. In operation, the weak posts permit the central portion of the guardrail installation to contain and redirect the vehicle during a lateral collision to the rail member. The anchorage provided by the breakaway end posts helps prevent the guardrail from being excessively displaced, thus preventing the impacting vehicle from breaking through the guardrail. In operation, guardrail terminal assemblies constructed in accordance with the present invention provide an improved support system for the rail member which is more forgiving than conventional strong post anchorages, thereby providing an improvement in safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Hayes E. Ross, Roger Bligh, C. Eugene Buth
  • Patent number: 8448913
    Abstract: A highway guardrail terminal having horizontally extending guardrail elements mounted on a plurality of vertical posts. An anchor cable release mechanism having a cable release bracket attached to a W-beam rail element by cable release bolts has an arrangement of tapered slots and elongated openings to quickly release the cable release bracket from the W-beam rail element upon end-on vehicular impact to the terminal. The tapered slots have a geometry which lifts the bracket away from and out of a parallel alignment with the W-beam rail element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventors: John R. Rohde, John Reid, Dean Sicking, King K. Mak
  • Publication number: 20130105752
    Abstract: A portable enclosure quick exchange framing system having a plurality of adjustable securing elements and a fence operable to be secured to the securing elements. The securing elements are operable to be anchored in the ground or a support base. The portable enclosure system is easily configurable to fit in any yard or area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Geoffrey McCue
  • Patent number: 8408523
    Abstract: A baluster with beveled end having, near one or both ends of the baluster, the perimeter of the baluster proceed increasingly more inward as such end of the baluster is approached. There is some indentation at all points along the perimeter, although such indentation need not necessarily be uniform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Patrick R. Hoggan
  • Patent number: 8408762
    Abstract: A post for a combined light fitting includes a hollow post body composed of at least two post walls, a connector is installed in at least one end of the post body, the connector is provided with a screw connecting hole for connection with outside. All the post walls constituting the post are made of one piece of fiber plate, and on the surface of the fiber plate, at least one V-shaped groove extending along the direction of its height is formed, the V-shaped groove divides the fiber plate into several post walls, and the respective post wall is turned over inward along the V-shaped groove to form the hollow post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Ching-Hui Chen
  • Patent number: 8387546
    Abstract: The invention provides fences for capture and control of windblown particles such as snow. In preferred embodiments the fences comprise a porous upwind panel and a porous downwind panel which are separated by a gap. The fences are adapted to deposit windblown particles in highly concentrated drifts disposed upwind and/or downwind of the fence with relatively few particles deposited in the gap. Methods for snow capture and land reclamation are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventor: Erica Elizabeth David