Hinged Patents (Class 256/26)
  • Patent number: 9433155
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system having a base and a screened enclosure for disposition on the ground for growing plants. The base forms a hollow enclosure into which a growing medium can be disposed. The screened enclosure is mounted on the base and is in the form of a plurality of elongated frame members, plural upper screen members and plural lower screen members. Each of the screen members has an opposed pair of side edges, a top edge and a bottom edge. The frame members extend upward from the base and are spaced apart from one another. Each of the frame members includes a first respective section arranged to slidably receive a respective side of a respective lower screen member therein and a second respective section arranged to slidably receive a respective side of a respective upper screen member therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: W. Atlee Burpee Company
    Inventors: Chris G. Romas, John J. Sikina
  • Patent number: 9400431
    Abstract: A supporting assembly configured to support a plurality of tubes includes a first supporting rod, a second supporting rod opposite to the first supporting rod, a bridging member, and a rolling member. The first supporting rod includes several first parallel recesses. The bridging member is connected to one end of the first supporting rod or one end of the second supporting rod. The rolling member is received by the bridging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chien-Ju Wu, Ming-Sung Wu
  • Patent number: 9127424
    Abstract: A connecting device is provided, including an elongate member (EM) having two or more engaging elements which are spaced along the length of the EM; and at least one engaging element which orthogonally extends out from the EM and which has a portion which also extends, in a direction substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the EM, a distance Y, wherein distance Y extends substantially 15-20% of the length of the EM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: LINDSAY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Dallas Rex James, Jason Paul Rogers
  • Patent number: 9016669
    Abstract: A collapsible A-frame sign that can be converted into a panel that is capable of interlocking with other panels to form a physical barricade. When used alone, the device works as an A-frame sign or barrier by folding two frames hinged around a common end at the top of frames to form an A-shape allowing it to be erected in an upright position. Additionally, the device can be locked into a 180-degree angle, and joined with other identical devices to form a barricade at a height twice of the length of single frame. As a result, a group of locked devices can be used as a barricade as well as a warning signs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventors: David Johnson, Phillip Zee
  • Publication number: 20150069312
    Abstract: A safety barricade comprising a plurality of interconnected panels. Each pair of adjacent panels is hingedly coupled together with a hinge assembly. Each hinge assembly has a rotational axis offset from a vertical plane of one of the adjacent panels. The barricade is adjustable between a folded configuration wherein the panels extend in parallel planes immediately adjacent one another for storage in a confined space, such as an elevator machine room, and a deployed configuration wherein the panels are unfolded to form a barrier blocking access to a segregated work area. Each of the panels of the barricade has a different width to enable the panels to fold flat against an adjacent panel in the folded configuration. In one embodiment the barricade comprises a mounting assembly for rotatably mounting a first one of the panels to a support structure within the confined space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Troy Sean COOPER, Dean Ivan COOPER
  • Patent number: 8955642
    Abstract: The object of the invention is a wall structure working as a noise barrier for railways, which comprises at least a plurality of wall elements placed consecutively end-to-end with each other, which wall elements are hinged by means of hinge pieces at their bottom edges for toppling downwards from their vertical position. The wall elements are disposed inside the width reach of the wagons or cargo space of a train and for toppling by means of the hinge pieces to below a wagon or a load that is lower than normal and/or is overwide. The wall structure is suited for use e.g. as a noise barrier or passage barrier for a railway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Soundim Oy
    Inventors: Jarmo Airaksinen, Janne Tikkamäki
  • Patent number: 8944415
    Abstract: A multi-sided security enclosure includes several wall units. The wall units are connected to one another in series to form a closed space bounded by the interconnected wall units. Each wall unit includes connectors and a pivot joint between wall units so that they may rotate about a vertical pivot axis to vary the included angle therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Sirotin, Ryan Coyle, Raul G. Pereira, Gaetano D. Desimone
  • Patent number: 8931761
    Abstract: A customizable decorative fencing system. A plurality of stakes, configured to be driven into the ground at selected positions, have projecting portions projecting above the ground. Posts have cavities in lower distal ends thereof. Any stake projecting portion is configured to slide into any post cavity, and be frictionally, removably, interchangeably retained therein. Fence components, including base units, gate units, and end units, include post collars, and hinge collars, respectively, through which any post can slide. Removability and interchangeability of posts with respect to fence components, and removability and interchangeability of posts with respect to stakes, provides for an infinite number of possible fence configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Origin Point Brands, LLC
    Inventor: Duane E. Langenwalter
  • Patent number: 8919741
    Abstract: A fence includes a plurality of bases, each base having a body having a floor, a top wall, side walls and end walls defining an interior chamber; a first projection extending from one of the end walls and having a top wall; and a second projection extending from another one of the end walls and having a bottom wall; wherein the bottom wall of the second projection and the top wall of the first projection are both configured to receive a pole and wherein the first projection of a first base of the bases can overlap the second projection of a second base of the bases when the floor of the first and second bases are resting on a common surface. The fence further includes a plurality of poles, each inserted into and maintained erect by one of the bases; and a mesh fencing material tensioned between the poles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Guardian Pool Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven E. Sadinsky, Thomas J. Farinola, Stuart B. Long
  • Patent number: 8876616
    Abstract: A boxing ring simulator/personal boxing ring is portable, lightweight, and interactively responsive to physical contact during use. The boxing ring simulator includes a plurality of springed posts to support horizontal rails that define the ring perimeter and to enable movement of the “ropes”. Such components capture the “Stay Off the Ropes” method, thereby providing an opportunity for the user to become familiar with the perimeter inside a ropes/boxing ring. The boxing ring simulator emphasizes keeping all activity in the center of the ring, to train a boxer/user to traditionally remain “off the ropes” while also beneficially allowing the user to learn, practice and experience how to use the ropes and/or to fight off of the ropes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Louie Antuna
  • Patent number: 8726577
    Abstract: A unique safety rail system with integrated hand-grip projections, structures for affixing the system for the safe and easy egress and ingress through an opening, such as roof or floor access holes. The safety rail system is designed to reduce the risk of falls while ascending or descending a ladder through an access hole while providing additional protection and prevention of personnel accidentally falling through an open access. A self-closing gravity gate may be provided acting as additional hand-grip, support, and barrier. This system may employ methods of construction and assembly using a unique continuous tubular structure of converging vertical and angular upright post with horizontal upper safety rail, forward protruding hand-grip and opposing directionally horizontal lower attachment support means reducing lateral motion and allows efficient installation for new construction or retro fitting of existing openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: SafePro, L.P.
    Inventor: Richard J. Whiting
  • Patent number: 8708316
    Abstract: A lock for a fence, the lock including a seat having an opening configured to receive a socket and a lock plate rotatably coupled to the seat and configured to be coupled to a fence pole protruding from the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Guardian Pool Fence Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven E. Sadinsky, Stuart Long
  • Patent number: 8579262
    Abstract: A fence includes a plurality of bases, each base having a body having a floor, a top wall, side walls and end walls defining an interior chamber; a first projection extending from one of the end walls and having a top wall; and a second projection extending from another one of the end walls and having a bottom wall; wherein the bottom wall of the second projection and the top wall of the first projection are both configured to receive a pole and wherein the first projection of a first base of the bases can overlap the second projection of a second base of the bases when the floor of the first and second bases are resting on a common surface. The fence further includes a plurality of poles, each inserted into and maintained erect by one of the bases; and a mesh fencing material tensioned between the poles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Guardian Pool Fence Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven E. Sadinsky, Thomas J. Farinola, Stuart B. Long
  • Publication number: 20130221300
    Abstract: A pool safety fence that includes a plurality of built-in and retractable latch mechanisms, a plurality of mesh fence panels that allows one or more persons to see through either side of the pool safety fence and a plurality of hinges that are attached to the mesh fence panels which allow the pool safety fence to fold-up to be stored. The pool safety fence also includes a plurality of ground stakes that are inserted into a ground surface to secure and stabilize the pool safety fence to the ground surface when in use, a plurality of multi-directional wheels that are disposed underneath each the mesh fence panel to allow the pool safety fence to be easily transferred or positioned and a motor to provide power to move the mesh fence panels into place as desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventors: Shannon Weber, Karsten Weber
  • Publication number: 20130207061
    Abstract: The present device is a collapsible A-frame sign that can be converted into a panel that is capable of interlocking with other panels to form a physical barricade. When used alone, the device works similar to conventional A-frame sign or barrier by folding two frames hinged around a common end at the top of frames to form an A-shape allowing it to be erected in an upright position. Additionally, the device can be locked into a 180-degree angle, and joined with other identical devices to form a barricade at a height twice of the length of single frame. As a result, a group of locked devices can be used as a barricade as well as a warning signs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventors: Brad Montgomery, David Johnson, Phillip Zee
  • Publication number: 20130119334
    Abstract: A marine barrier has substantially vertical panels, each having a buoyant portion, and a plurality of hinges, each hinge for elastically connecting a side of a first one of the panels to a side of an adjacent second one of the panels with an included angle therebetween, to form a buoyant continuous pleated row of panels, with the hinges arranged in first and second substantially parallel rows. An impact cable is attached to opposing ends of the pleated row of panels passing through each of the hinges in the first row of hinges. When the barrier is floating in water and a moving vessel impacts the impact cable, the impact cable deflects to transfer a force of the impact to one or more of the panels, which in turn engage the water to transfer the force of the impact to the water, to arrest the motion of the vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Justin BISHOP
  • Patent number: 8438995
    Abstract: An animal run having first and second side panels operable to be pivotally mounted along a central plane. A front panel is pivotally coupled with one of the side panels and operable to be detachably coupled to the other side panel. The side panels are moveable between a stored position, in which each side panel is positioned parallel the central plane, and an operational position, in which they extend outward at an angle from the central plane. The front panel is moveable between a stored position, in which it is positioned parallel the central plane, and an operational position, in which it is positioned at an angle from the side panel to which it is coupled and is detachably coupled with the other side panel. The side panels and front panel define an interior space for housing an animal when in their operational position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: T Kennel Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl J Donahue, Larry A Matthes
  • Publication number: 20130037770
    Abstract: This invention relates to a barrier for fixing to an upper portion of a wall, the barrier comprising fixing means securable to the wall, and a barrier held by the fixing means that locates above the upper portion of the wall, wherein the barrier is removable from the fixing means to allow access to the upper portion of the wall as required. In one aspect, at least a portion of the barrier is moveable relative to a remainder of the barrier and between a first position where it is located above an upper edge of the wall, and a second position where access is then provided to the upper wall edge above which the movable barrier portion was previously positioned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: Form 700 Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Emilio Rosati, Paul Brazis
  • Publication number: 20130001493
    Abstract: It is presented a safety barrier for securing a working surface comprising a screen section (201) and a post (206) arranged along a first vertical side (204) of the screen section. A first hinge element (202) is arranged at the screen section for pivotally engaging with a first external anchoring element, thereby allowing pivotal movement of the screen section (201) about a vertical pivot axis which extending along a first vertical side (204) of the screen section. The first hinge element (202) is arranged at a first end portion (310) of the post. A second hinge element (205) is arranged at the screen section (201) for pivotally engaging with an adjacent safety barrier or a second external anchoring element (700). A corresponding safety barrier system, and methods for mounting a safety barrier system on a floor are also presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: COMBISAFE INTERNATIONAL AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventor: Joakim Svedberg
  • Publication number: 20120280194
    Abstract: A partition fence comprises two posts and a panel, pivotally connected between said posts by rotary joints. At least one of the rotary joints has a first joint member, connected to the post and comprising a first rotary bearing unit, and a second joint member, connected to the panel and comprising a second rotary bearing unit. One of the two rotary bearing units radially surrounds the other. Stop faces of the second joint member stop against stop faces of a first joint member when the second joint member is rotated relative to the first joint member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: TRI-ON GMBH
    Inventor: Svetislav Stanojevic
  • Patent number: 8302937
    Abstract: Pedestrian barricade assembly includes a plurality of uprights and associated guide rails. Each upright includes a front section having one or more transversely extending channels. Each of the channels has a pair of laterally spaced semi-circular flanges in upper and lower side walls of the channels that are slidably engageable by upper and lower open notches adjacent end portions of the guide rails to provide hinge connections therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Plastic Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles M. Mettler, Gregory H. Brown
  • Publication number: 20120261632
    Abstract: A civil safety barrier (10) including individual elements (12, 13, 14, 15) intended to be arranged horizontally one after the other, each of which includes at least one link (12A, 12B, 13A, 13B, 14A, 14B, 15A, 15B) made up vertically of a bottom frame and of a top frame (22), characterized in that at least one axial hinge element (32) that is the to be “dismantlable” is interposed between two adjacent edges of the frames which allows the second frame (22) to be fitted perpendicularly to the first (18) and then the second frame (22) to be pivoted to bring it back coplanar with the first.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: JULIEN CONCEPTION
    Inventor: Vincent BERTUCAT
  • Publication number: 20120223283
    Abstract: In an embodiment of the disclosure, a pet barrier connection member is disclosed. The pet barrier connection member comprises a first end configured to couple to a top surface of a first panel and a top surface of a second panel, a second end configured to couple to a bottom surface of the first panel and a bottom surface of the second panel, and a rod coupled to the first end and the second end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: RICHELL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Terutoki Kobayashi, Shingi Otani
  • Publication number: 20120175578
    Abstract: A security fence for swimming pools is provided to be so positioned as to surround the water of a swimming pool. The security fence comprises fence sections which are linked to an alarm system. The fence sections are moveable between a non-signaling position and an alarm signaling position. When the fence sections are in the non-signaling position and a given fence section is engaged with sufficient force it is moved to the alarm signaling position thereby signaling the alarm. The foregoing prevents a user, such as a child, from entering the pool water when the alarm system has been activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventor: Eric BOUDREAU
  • Patent number: 8152141
    Abstract: A customizable decorative fencing system. A plurality of stakes, configured to be driven into the ground at selected positions, have projecting portions projecting above the ground. Posts have cavities in lower distal ends thereof. Any stake projecting portion is configured to slide into any post cavity, and be frictionally, removably, interchangeably retained therein. Fence components, including base units, gate units, and end units, include post collars, and hinge collars, respectively, through which any post can slide. Removability and interchangeability of posts with respect to fence components, and removability and interchangeability of posts with respect to stakes, provides for an infinite number of possible fence configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Origin Point Brands, LLC
    Inventor: Duane Langenwalter
  • Patent number: 8074969
    Abstract: A reconfigurable gate includes a first fence section, a section fence section and third fence section. The first fence section includes a plurality of first cross members. The second fence section includes a plurality of second cross members. The third fence section includes a plurality of third cross members. The first fence section and the second fence section are rotatably attached to the third fence section such that when the gate or fence is in a fully collapsed configuration, the plurality of first cross members and the plurality of second cross members are substantially interleaved with the plurality of third cross members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Merry Products Corporation
    Inventors: Melody Lee, Kevin Xin, Lawrence Chun Hei Chu
  • Publication number: 20110253963
    Abstract: The present invention is a device for use by infants or pets which provides a fence for use by infants or pets to confine their activities within a restricted area so that caring of the infants or pets can become easier. The present invention comprises an assembly of fence plates rotatable in relation to each other, wherein the adjacent fence plates are assembled with each other by means of a rotating axle. The fence has a bottom portion which is disposed with fixing members. The present invention assembles a plurality of the fence plates to form a fence. The fence is fixed on the ground by the fixing members to prevent it from sliding. When infants or pets are put into an area restricted by the fence, they can enjoy sufficient rooms for activities. It is also possible to prevent the infants or pets from escaping out of the fence and to confine their activities within a restricted area, thus accidents due to absence of care could be avoided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventors: ANDY MIN-LUNG HSIEH, BRUCE MIN-SHEN HSIEH
  • Publication number: 20110079762
    Abstract: A barrier assembly 10 for balconies is disclosed. The barrier assembly 10 includes: a lower barrier portion 20 securable to a floor 5, the lower barrier portion 20 having a hand rail 22, the hand rail 22 having an underside defining or housing a guide track 24; and at least one bi-fold window assembly 40. The bi-fold window assembly 40 has first and second panels 42 and 47 mounted between the hand rail 22 itself and an upper horizontal carriage track 70 positioned over and spaced apart from the hand rail 22. The bi-fold window assembly 40 is movable between an open position and a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Inventor: David Adderton
  • Patent number: 7810285
    Abstract: A building barrier system wherein a portion of the building barrier system can transition between an erect position and a substantially flat position thereby allowing access to the interior of the structure without having to disassemble the building barrier system and associated method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Inventor: Robert L. Liptak
  • Publication number: 20100237308
    Abstract: This invention offers a fence, comprising vertical tubes, horizontal tubes joined with the vertical tubes, and integrated connectors for the join of the vertical tube and the horizontal tube. The interior of the horizontal tube is divided into an axial through hole and an axial embedded trough. An indented axial guiding notch is provided on the corresponding location of each interior wall of the embedded trough. The vertical tube is divided with a plurality of axial tube chambers. The integrated connector is made up of an insert piece and a slide piece, where both can be connected either in single-point pivot connection or into a single piece. The slide piece is provided with a protruded guiding bar corresponding to the guiding notch of the embedded trough. The single-piece type of the integrated connector will suit for the landforms where the vertical tube and the horizontal tube are perpendicular to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventor: Chong-Yi Lo
  • Patent number: 7740233
    Abstract: Fence apparatus and related methods for making a fence panel and for connecting the panel to other panels and post elements to form a modular type fence are disclosed. These include a generally planar section of fencing material formed from spaced-apart wires, and the related brackets and posts of the system providing simplified installation, removal, handling, and storage of the fence components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Inventor: Charles Larsen
  • Patent number: 7677534
    Abstract: A decorative fencing system is provided for use as a small fence or decorative accent for a yard. The fencing system comprises several different structural components that may be joined in various combinations so as to create a limitless number of different configurations or arrangements. The components include base units, decorative end units and gate units, each of which may be attached to the other components in any combination thereof. Each of these components are attached to post sections which are inserted through post rings or post hinges on the individual components to thereby allow for each component to be rotated to the desired position relative to the post section. The post sections are secured to the ground by means of stakes that are first driven into the ground and the post section is then inserted into a sleeve in the stake to thereby provide support and stability for the fencing system. A separate and smaller pin is provided on the end units to anchor these components to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Garden Zone, LLC
    Inventor: Duane Langenwalter
  • Publication number: 20100025649
    Abstract: Replaceable fence systems, methods, etc., include at least first and second vertical posts, a bottom rail coupled to the first and second posts and typically having a channel on an upper surface of the bottom rail, and a removable top rail positioned above the bottom rail and coupled to the first and second posts and having a channel on a lower surface of the top rail. The posts and rails are configured to replaceably accept, retain and disgorge replaceable fence panels, typically using a plurality of connection joints that permit the panels to be held at differing, adjustable heights and angles from one post to the next. Each of the channels can include a flexible centering insert configured to accept a variety of thicknesses of replaceable panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: Gates & Gardens, LLC
    Inventor: Donald Ward
  • Publication number: 20100001860
    Abstract: A security fence for swimming pools is provided to be so positioned as to surround the water of a swimming pool. The security fence comprises fence sections which are linked to an alarm system. The fence sections are moveable between a non-signaling position and an alarm signaling position. When the fence sections are in the non-signaling position and a given fence section is engaged with sufficient force it is moved to the alarm signaling position thereby signaling the alarm. The foregoing prevents a user, such as a child, from entering the pool water when the alarm system has been activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Inventor: Eric Boudreau
  • Publication number: 20090321697
    Abstract: A viewer fence that can be rotated from a position of privacy to a position that allows one to view what is behind the fence. The boards of the fence are rotated automatically by a motor. The motor may be controlled remotely.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventor: Glen Robinson
  • Patent number: 7571896
    Abstract: A privacy fence border system for allowing a user to selectively close the fence for privacy and open the fence for increased visibility. The privacy fence border system includes a lower support, an upper support, a plurality of panels pivotally connected between the lower support and the upper support, an opening and closing mechanism connected to the lower end of the plurality of panels, and a handle inserted in the opening and closing mechanism. Manipulation of the handle allows for positioning of the panels in a closed state to increase privacy or an open state to increase visibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Inventor: Mervin Wade Bonham
  • Patent number: 7540046
    Abstract: A crib railing includes a driving means, an opening/closing means and a railing coupling with the driving means and the opening/closing means. The driving means' seat has a top surface formed as a helical parabolic surface to allow the railing to automatically return at any angles relative to the driving means. The opening/closing means has an upper cover, a depressing means, a handgrip means, a slider, a lower cover and a linkage bar. The depressing means and handgrip means are single-handed operable at meantime, and can drive the linkage bar running through the handgrip means up and down to form an open or latch relationship with the railing. The handgrip means has a wedge with an inclined member to drive the slider to latch on a latch member of the railing. The invention provides the opening/closing movements of the driving means and opening/closing means and swiveling return of the railing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Inventor: Chin-I Lai
  • Patent number: 7523921
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fence system for homes, buildings and the like. The fence system according to the instant invention includes panels constructed and arranged to be pivoted between a vertical orientation and a horizontal orientation. When connected to permanently mounted posts in a vertical orientation, the fence panels may be utilized for privacy and/or security. Pivoting the panels to horizontal position during storms, such as hurricanes, reduces or eliminates the damage caused to the fence by high winds and/or wind-borne debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Inventor: Robert M. Garrity
  • Publication number: 20090095946
    Abstract: A silt fence with configurable barrier sections. The silt fence comprises a plurality of posts mounted on or in the ground, a fence panel, an apron panel, and a plurality of configurable barrier sections. The fence panel is secured in a vertical position to the posts and has a fence toe adapted to be buried in the ground. The apron panel is attached to the fence panel and extends from the fence panel to rest on the ground. An apron toe is also adapted to be buried in the ground to prevent erosion. Each of the plurality of configurable barrier sections has a panel edge and an apron edge, with the panel edge attachable to the fence panel perpendicular to the length of the fence panel and the apron edge attachable to the apron panel perpendicular to the length of the apron panel. The configurable barrier sections may be flexible or removable, and may be positioned in a barrier position or a cleaning position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Applicant: The Charles Machine Works, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Bazzell, David A. Rorabaugh, Edward L. McCombs, Kelvin P. Self
  • Patent number: 7506860
    Abstract: An example temporary gate assembly includes a support mounted within the ground and a rotation mechanism that supports rotation of cross-members about the support. The gate assembly includes a fixed support that is mounted within the ground by way of a mounting flange. The mounting flange prevents twisting of the support rod during gate operation. Bottom cross-members are attached to a bottom support bearing that is rotatable about the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Turnstyle Intellectual Property, LLC
    Inventor: Edward J. Stull
  • Patent number: 7494111
    Abstract: A collapsible barrier system that is lightweight and meets existing safety regulations is disclosed. The barrier system has support members that are hinged to form a three dimensional structure. The structure may also have handles used in deployment and transportation of the barrier and vertical posts that support a web providing both additional structure as well as a message medium. The system can be used in a variety of temporary barrier applications both indoors and outdoors and may be enhanced with audio and/or illuminated signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Flex-Safe, Inc.
    Inventor: Brent Short
  • Publication number: 20080296548
    Abstract: A panel connection system is provided that includes a connection assembly having a sleeve and two connecting members that is pivotally coupled to a panel end post, another connection assembly having a connecting member, and a means for pivotally coupling the connecting members of the two connection assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventor: John McDonald
  • Patent number: 7451964
    Abstract: Fence post (1) having a point portion (2) and a principal portion (3). The principal portion is provided with connection elements to assemble a plurality of posts (1, 1?). The connection elements include assembly elements (81, 82) constituted by a female element and a male element. The male element is connected to the principal portion by means of a spacer element (83) connected to the principal portion. The assembly elements permit connecting head to tail two posts to form a pair of posts. The connecting elements also include through holes (71, 72) located on the principal portion. The through holes permit associating on connecting rods several pairs of posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Lacme Holding
    Inventors: Valery Hamm, Sebastien Hainos
  • Patent number: 7448599
    Abstract: A bracket system for forming gate assemblies comprising at least two brace members that are rigidly attached to hinge assemblies. The brace members are adapted to be attached to support members to form two corners of a gate box functioning as the structural portion of the gate assembly. The hinge assemblies are adapted to be rigidly attached to a fence post to allow the gate assembly to pivot relative to the fence post. Gate assemblies of arbitrary height and width can be formed using the bracket system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Homax Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Boroviak
  • Patent number: 7426758
    Abstract: A crib assembly for permitting access to an infant in a crib without lifting the infant over the top of the crib includes a base panel supporting an infant when the infant is placed on the base panel. Each of a pair of opposing ends of the base panel has one of a first and second end walls coupled thereto and extending upwardly therefrom. A front wall is hingedly coupled to the first end wall and is pivotal between a closed position and an open position. The front wall inhibits the infant sliding over the front edge of the base panel when the front wall is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Inventor: Sandy A. Jones
  • Publication number: 20080173855
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fence system for homes, buildings and the like. The fence system according to the instant invention includes panels constructed and arranged to be pivoted between a vertical orientation and a horizontal orientation. When connected to permanently mounted posts in a vertical orientation, the fence panels may be utilized for privacy and/or security. Pivoting the panels to horizontal position during storms, such as hurricanes, reduces or eliminates the damage caused to the fence by high winds and/or wind-borne debris.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventor: Robert M. Garrity
  • Publication number: 20080141450
    Abstract: The installation and removal of a portable but sturdy pool barrier fence uses the hardware installed for attaching a safety pool cover during the pool use season. Multiple rectangular panel frames support a mesh fabric. Spaced anchors mounted in said deck adapted to support a cover or said fence when said cover is removed. The fence has rectangular sections formed by upper, lower and side frame members enclosing the fencing material. Each lower frame member in the fence sections has a centrally located rib extending longitudinally along a top surface thereof. Anchor clips, preferably Z-shaped clips, are located and attached to the deck at the anchors in the deck. Each of the anchor clips has a keyway for engaging a respective rib on the lower frame member of the rectangular fence section to secure the fence to the deck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2007
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Inventor: LeeAnn Pesta
  • Patent number: 7350772
    Abstract: A foldable foam-based divider device includes a plurality of panels, each panel including a middle foam plate and front and back semi-rigid paper plates mounted on and sandwiching the middle foam plate, the middle foam plate further including at least one outwardly extending connecting tab and at least one tab-receiving recess with adjacent ones of the plurality of panels connected to one another in accordion-like fashion with the connecting tab extending into the tab-receiving recess and being secured therein by connection of the front and back semi-rigid paper plates to the connecting tab. The plurality of panels is movable between a closed position with the plurality of panels forming a folded stack of generally parallel panels and an opened position wherein the plurality of panels forms an extended wall operative to selectively divide an area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Inventor: Christian Legrand
  • Patent number: 7293530
    Abstract: This invention comprises a series of lightweight, easily transportable identical frame pieces attached together to form an expandable pet enclosure that can be assembled into a multiplicity of configurations, optionally with a floor or a roof that comprises the same frame pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Inventor: Barbara Italiano
  • Patent number: 7249755
    Abstract: A bracket system for forming gate assemblies comprises at least two brace members that are rigidly attached to hinge assemblies. The brace members are adapted to be attached to support members to form two corners of a gate box functioning as the structural portion of the gate assembly. The hinge assemblies are adapted to be rigidly attached to a fence post to allow the gate assembly to pivot relative to the fence post. Gate assemblies of arbitrary height and width can be formed using the bracket system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Inventor: Richard Boroviak