Simulation, Ornamentation Or With Secret Compartment Patents (Class 312/204)
  • Patent number: 10145169
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a door facing blank having a first major surface with a design element formed therein, and an opposite second major surface. At least three longitudinally extending spaced stile receiving areas are disposed on the second major surface. Two of the stile receiving areas define a first width, and three of the stile receiving areas define a second width greater than the first width. The door facing blank may be trimmed to form a door facing having a selected width. A method of forming a door facing blank, and a mold press for forming a door facing blank are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Jason M. Walsh, Mark A. Ruggie, Steven K. Lynch, Robert C. Allen
  • Patent number: 10077111
    Abstract: In a preferred embodiment, a retrofit storage bin door hinge includes an extension member than increases the storage volume of the bin by at least 5 percent or 10 percent, thereby permitting the storage of larger carry-on bags. Required access to the ceiling panels during maintenance operations is preserved by the hinges pivotable attachment to a pivot mount attached to the ceiling of a storage bin. In this manner, the hinge assembly and door may be readily translated downwardly to provide full access to the ceiling panels during a maintenance operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Papke, Shawn Claflin
  • Patent number: 9968861
    Abstract: A novelty toy body, inflatable body, mascot or costume body, configured for housing a detachable multi-functional housing compartment, the detachable multi-functional housing compartment insert assembly having a general compartment cavity comprising a plurality of separable fasteners for receiving a plurality of Attachable Accessory Templates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Dolhman Brown, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9775489
    Abstract: A dishwasher has a tub that defines a treating chamber with an access opening. A door assembly selectively permits access to the treating chamber and may carry electronics for the dishwasher. Appropriately placed chamfered fins in a crown in the door aids in assuring a flush fit and finish in a front panel of the door assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Mihir Ponkshe, Ajay Ram Narayana Pillai, Shivayogi Annigeri, Michael E. Gatt
  • Patent number: 9593880
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a first guide hole located at a first inner wall of a storage compartment, a second guide hole located at a second inner wall of the storage compartment, a first rotating bar that includes a first rotating shaft fitted in the first guide hole, and a second rotating bar that includes a second rotating shaft fitted in the second guide hole. A shelf is rotatably supported by the first rotating bar and the second rotating bar and is adjustable in height based on rotation of the first rotating bar and the second rotating bar. Also, the first guide hole has a first space that extends in a forward and rearward direction and that allows the first rotating shaft to slide and the second guide hole has a second space that extends in the forward and rearward direction and that allows the second rotating shaft to slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Ayoung Choo, Jaeyoul Lee
  • Patent number: 9526335
    Abstract: A furniture apparatus including a frame; and a hidden container. The hidden container configured transition between an open state and a closed state, the hidden container being visible when the hidden container is in the open state, and the hidden container being hidden from view when the hidden container is in the closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Night and Day Furniture, LLC
    Inventors: Joel Grossman, Howard Porter, George Loo
  • Patent number: 9439552
    Abstract: A dishwasher for treating dishes according to a cycle of operation includes a tub having an open face, a door selectively moveable to open and close the open face, and comprising spaced interior and exterior panels having peripheral edges that are coupled along at least a portion of the peripheral edges by a peripheral wall to collectively define a door interior, and a controller mounting bracket located within the door interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Marcus R. Fischer, Daniel W. Southworth, Anthony B. Welsh
  • Patent number: 9433286
    Abstract: A door assembly is disclosed herein that is usable in a cabinetry system having removable cabinet faces. The door assembly includes a door plate coupleable to at least one hinge assembly, the door plate having a first portion and a second portion extending outward from the first portion. The door assembly also includes a door panel having a recess formed in an inward-facing surface thereof, the recess sized to receive the door plate. A plurality of magnets are inset within the inward-facing surface of the door panel adjacent the recess and are magnetically coupled to the door plate. According to various embodiments, the door plate may have a substantially L-shaped or C-shaped configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Richardson Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary R. Kane, Adam J. Schneider, Jason T. Gudex, James A. Voigt, Steven M. Dassow
  • Patent number: 9408464
    Abstract: An assembly kit includes a first bracket connectable to an appliance door, and a second bracket connectable to a decorative door panel. The assembly kit further includes a first spacer positionable between the first bracket and the second bracket, the first spacer movable to adjust a gap between the first bracket and the second bracket along a first axis. The assembly kit further includes a second spacer positionable between the first bracket and the second bracket, the second spacer movable to adjust a gap between the first bracket and the second bracket along a second axis different from the first axis. The assembly kit further includes a fastener operable to couple the first bracket and the second bracket together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Stewart Christopher Keeling, Russell James Fallon, Stuart McVey Phillips
  • Patent number: 9376290
    Abstract: An enhanced computer rack having sides is provided. The rack is used for housing electronic components and comprises in one embodiment of a lift rail having a plurality of multipurpose frame members capable of being engageably connected to at least one of the rack sides such that the frame members can be retracted into or extended out from the rack. In an alternate embodiment, a lift tool is provided for hoisting object into the rack. The lift tool is connected to at least one side of the rack and is capable of being retracted inside or being extended out from the rack. The two embodiments can also be combined to provide an enhanced rack with an integrated lift rails and lift tool design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven C. McIntosh, Budy D. Notohardjono, Kevin R. Qualters, Howard P. Welz
  • Patent number: 9255722
    Abstract: An air conditioner is provided. The air conditioner may include a case, a first discharging port provided at a first side of the case and a second discharging port provided at a second side of the case, each selectively discharging air therefrom based on an operation mode of the air conditioner. A movable panel connected to the case may be movable between the first discharging port and the second discharging port. A transfer direction of the movable panel may also be determined based on the operation mode of the air conditioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyunjung Kim, Jongsun Jeon, Moonsung Kim, Jaeseung Choi, Hayoung Kim
  • Patent number: 9185981
    Abstract: A door assembly is disclosed herein that is usable in a cabinetry system having removable cabinet faces. The door assembly includes a door plate coupleable to at least one hinge assembly, the door plate having a first portion and a second portion extending outward from the first portion. The door assembly also includes a door panel having a recess formed in an inward-facing surface thereof, the recess sized to receive the door plate. A plurality of magnets are inset within the inward-facing surface of the door panel adjacent the recess and are magnetically coupled to the door plate. According to various embodiments, the door plate may have a substantially L-shaped or C-shaped configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Richardson Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary R. Kane, Adam J. Schneider, Jason T. Gudex, James A. Voigt, Steven M. Dassow
  • Patent number: 9185980
    Abstract: A cabinetry system includes removable drawer panels, door panels, and trim components, which permit the entire outward appearance of the cabinetry system to be changed within a short period of time. The cabinetry system includes a door assembly having at least one hinge assembly, a metal door plate coupled to the at least one hinge assembly, a door panel having a cavity formed in an inward-facing surface thereof, the cavity sized to receive the metal door plate, and a plurality of magnets coupling the door panel to an outward-facing surface of the metal door plate. After being removed from the cabinets, one set of door and drawer panels may be stored in internal storage components provided within the cabinetry system while a second set of door and drawer panels are in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Richardson Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary R. Kane, Adam J. Schneider, Jason T. Gudex, James A. Voigt, Steven M. Dassow
  • Patent number: 9125492
    Abstract: A cabinetry system is disclosed herein that includes removable drawer panels, door panels, and trim components, which permit the entire outward appearance of the cabinetry system to be changed within a short period of time. The cabinetry system includes a door assembly having at least one hinge assembly, a metal door plate coupled to the at least one hinge assembly, a door panel having a cavity formed in an inward-facing surface thereof, the cavity sized to receive the metal door plate, and a plurality of magnets coupling the door panel to an outward-facing surface of the metal door plate. After being removed from the cabinets, one set of door and drawer panels may be stored in internal storage components provided within the cabinetry system while a second set of door and drawer panels are in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Richardson Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary R. Kane, Adam J. Schneider, Jason T. Gudex
  • Patent number: 9125546
    Abstract: A domestic appliance, such as a refrigerator, is configured to be fitted into a furniture body. The furniture body includes a front furniture panel disposed on a front face of a domestic appliance door and includes a pivot joint. The front furniture panel is connected to the front face of the domestic appliance door. A damping device is located between and operatively connected to the domestic appliance door and the front furniture panel. The domestic appliance door is configured as a sliding door which moves relative to the front furniture panel during an opening and closing movement of the domestic appliance door and the front furniture panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: HETTICH-ONI GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Kleemann, Eduard Thielmann, Dieter-Hermann Waltemate, Alexander Buschmann
  • Patent number: 9101258
    Abstract: A dishwasher may comprise a tub at least partially defining multiple treating chambers and further defining an access opening for the treating chambers. Interior closure elements may selectively close the access openings, and examples of the interior closure elements include a pivoting door and a drawer front. An exterior closure element mounted to the dishwasher for movement relative to the tub may overlie the interior closure elements when closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Rexford W. Cordill, Michael Hamand, Duane M. Kobos, Anthony B. Welsh
  • Patent number: 9013071
    Abstract: A power cord management system for managing flexible electrical power cords associated with hair or bathroom handheld appliances includes a power cord storage body. A pair of spaced apart cord wrapping elements are coupled to the power storage body about which the flexible electrical power cord may be wrapped for storage. At least one of the cord wrapping elements is movable between a storage and release position. The cord wrapping elements are configured to retain the wrapped power cord upon the power cord storage body when the at least one of the cord wrapping elements is in the storage position and wherein the wrapped power cord may be removed from the power cord storage body without unwrapping the wrapped power cord when the at least one of the cord wrapping elements is moved to the release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Natalie Levi
  • Patent number: 8911563
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a movable door, an opening mechanism and an opening actuator configured to move the door from a closed position to an at least partially open position. A decorative panel is resiliently attached to the door. A sensor is configured to detect movement of the decorative panel relative to the door. A controller is configured to activate the opening actuator based on movement detected by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Miele & Cie, KG
    Inventors: Stefan Tiekoetter, Martin Kornberger
  • Patent number: 8876228
    Abstract: A door for a household appliance. The door includes a door body having an appliance-side plate and an outer-side decorative panel spaced from the appliance-side plate by a gap. A profiled cover extends at least between a portion of a side of the appliance-side plate to a portion of a side of the outer-side decorative panel such that the profiled cover closes off a side edge extent of the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgerate GmbH
    Inventors: Karl-Friedrich Laible, Helmut Steichele
  • Patent number: 8870306
    Abstract: A hospitality environment item, namely, interchangeable decorative panels that include laminates and their placement on underbar furniture/equipment. The decorative panels may each have their own laminate finish. Flanges attached to the underbar furniture/equipment extend to conceal edges of the decorative panels and extend over a peripheral region of the face of the decorative panel. The decorative panels have holes arranged to allow draw-pull handles to be secured to a drawer/door and a lock to penetrate into the drawer/door. Other decorative panels have holes that allow light to shine through from lights in backsplash sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Lee Simon
  • Patent number: 8851584
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided. The refrigerator may include a refrigerator body with a storage space defined therein, a door frame rotatably coupled to the refrigerator body to open and close the storage space, a transparent molded body coupled to a front surface of the door frame, and a glass panel coupled to a front of the transparent molded body. The transparent molded body may include a three-dimensional pattern formed on a surface thereof, and the glass panel may include a two-dimensional pattern having a gradation in at least one of brightness, saturation and hue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Woonkyu Seo, Seonkyu Kim, Seungjin Yoon, Jungyeon Hwang, Daesung Lee
  • Patent number: 8810076
    Abstract: An appliance holder system for electrical handheld appliances of the type having a flexible electrical power cord attached thereto is provided. The appliance holder system includes an appliance holder assembly having at least one receptacle for receiving and storing at least one electrical handheld appliance having a flexible electrical power cord attached thereto. A power cord storage assembly of the system has a pair of spaced apart cord wrapping elements about which the flexible electrical power cord may be wrapped for storage. At least one of the cord wrapping elements is movable between a storage and release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Natalie Levi
  • Patent number: 8789900
    Abstract: A door for a household appliance is provided. The door includes a door outer skin; a decorative panel attached to the door outer skin, the decorative panel and the door outer skin being separated by an intermediate space; a gap located in the intermediate space, the gap being formed on and parallel to the decorative panel or the door outer skin; and an angle piece having a first limb and a second limb. The decorative panel and the door outer skin are connected together by the angle piece, the first limb engages the gap, and the second limb is attached to an edge of the door outer skin or the decorative panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgerate GmbH
    Inventors: Karl-Friedrich Laible, Helmut Steichele
  • Patent number: 8783801
    Abstract: A household appliance (1) that includes a cabinet (17), a door (2) mounted on the cabinet (17) and allowing access into the cabinet (17), a glass panel (4) having an inner surface (5) and a decorative outer surface (6), mounted on the door (2), and a control panel (3), enabling the user to change various parameters, adjust and/or monitor various functions of the household appliance (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Arcelik Anonim Sirketi
    Inventors: Ergin Kaplan, Levent Orundu
  • Patent number: 8764131
    Abstract: An undercabinet secretary provides organization and storage for items as well as concealed or hidden storage for items. The undercabinet secretary prevents concealed items from being accessed while allowing authorized persons or those who are aware of the hidden storage to conveniently retrieve the items. The undercabinet secretary may have one or more dividers to provide compartments for organization and storage of items, and may have a hidden compartment assembly having the same outward appearance to conceal items. In one or more embodiments, the hidden compartment assembly may have its own divider which may be used as a handle to access the hidden compartment assembly and which allows the hidden compartment assembly to blend in with the other dividers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Marie Risley
  • Publication number: 20140132131
    Abstract: A storage device mounted within a door frame is disclosed for storage and organization of fashion accessories or similar articles is provided. The device comprises an outer door supported by the door frame, an interior door enclosing a hollow door interior for storage of articles, and at least one interior panel within the hollow door interior to separate an interior cavity therein and limit access thereto via a hidden locking mechanism. The interior panel provides separation of the internal cavity from the hollow door interior, increases surface area of the hollow door interior, and segregates a hidden interior cavity therein. The back wall of the interior cavity also provides a location for further hooks and shelving for storage. The device may be provided within the interior of a larger door, or as a door insert adapted to be incorporated into an existing door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Vicky Renee Thomas
  • Publication number: 20140103785
    Abstract: A concealed compartment is disclosed for safekeeping valuables and small objects, including firearms. The concealed safe is suitable for insertion into a wall between studs or into a ceiling between supports. The concealed safe comprises a hollow storage compartment defined by internal walls. The storage compartment is concealed by a planar or irregularly-shaped ornamental effect, such as a mirror, picture, light or painting, overlaying the outwardly facing access opening of the storage compartment. The ornamental effect is configured to slide up, down or laterally when moved to reveal the storage compartment and its contents. Various embodiments of the present invention include a second storage compartment disposed behind the storage compartment, as well as magnets for suspending valuables and locking mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Jason Eric Richards
  • Patent number: 8651590
    Abstract: A leveling assembly for an appliance door is described. The leveling assembly causes vertical movement of a decorative door panel relative to an appliance door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark Wayne Wilson, Cory J. Tafoya, Matthew Keith Sease
  • Publication number: 20140042880
    Abstract: The Multi-Hole Concealer Strip conceals any exposed holes in cabinetry designs. It is a decorative strip that accents any cabinet with a smooth appearance to leave a finished look to the cabinetry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Jason Zelich
  • Patent number: 8628158
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an adjustable transparent vertical wall in an aisle containment system. The adjustable transparent vertical wall includes a fixed lower panel and a movable upper panel. The movable upper panel is adjustable to the required ceiling height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventor: Jack E. Caveney
  • Patent number: 8622487
    Abstract: A home appliance and a washing machine are provided. With a configuration in which an ornament having a patterned portion on which a predetermined image is formed and a transparent member placed on an outer surface of the ornament are closely attached to each other, it is possible to prevent water from entering a gap between the ornament and the transparent member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Hye Sun Jung
  • Patent number: 8596097
    Abstract: A washing machine is disclosed. The washing machine includes a cabinet, a drum provided inside of the cabinet so as to accommodate laundry, a front panel provided with an opening for inputting laundry into the drum, an outer panel assembled to a front side of the cabinet and having the front panel fixed thereto, and a supplementary panel being fixed to the outer panel and being provided along an outer periphery of the front panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Myung Shik Kim, Ho Il Jeon, Jong Hee Han
  • Patent number: 8578925
    Abstract: A cooking appliance includes a door assembly having a main frame provided with an inner, central opening. A glass panel is secured to the main frame portion across the inner, central opening and an overlay member is adhesively secured to the glass panel through a plurality of adhesive elements. The overlay member includes top, bottom and opposing side sections that collectively define an outer, central opening. The adhesive elements establish airflow passages that extends longitudinally across the door assembly between the glass panel and the overlay member. The overlay member also includes first and second flanges that are arranged along the top and bottom edge sections respectively. Third and fourth flanges are provided on respective upper and lower edges of the outer central opening. The flanges, together with the adhesive elements, ensure the presence of the airflow passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph E. Kelley, Russell L. Simms, II, Gregory S. Wade
  • Publication number: 20130285519
    Abstract: Apparatus (2) for housing a product comprising a frame (4) mounted on or in a surface; and a member (6) moveable within the frame (4) and for securing the product wherein the member (6) is moveable between a first position in which the product is concealed from view and a second position in which the product is in view and accessible by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: Hills Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Nathan Arthur Tranter, Terrance Paul Brown
  • Publication number: 20130257236
    Abstract: Furniture, namely a footboard for a bed, including a means for concealing a display stand and an object affixed thereto, such as a television. The footboard includes a stationary frame and a slidable frame that is affixed to the display stand and vertically slides with respect to the stationary frame. The footboard conceals the display stand when in a descended position. When a user lifts the display stand to an ascended position, the display stand and the television are substantially exposed for viewing. Controlled sliding with the appropriate tension is provided by use of a counterbalance system in combination with a sliding track system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Gene Head
  • Publication number: 20130257237
    Abstract: A housing for an electronic device includes a substrate made of plastic, a base paint layer, a pattern layer, a tin layer, a silicon oxide layer, and a top paint layer. The substrate has an outer surface and an inner surface opposite to the outer surface and facing the interior of the electronic device. The base paint layer is formed on the outer surface. The pattern layer is directly formed on the base paint layer and partially covers the base paint layer. The tin layer is directly formed on the pattern layer and covers the pattern layer and portions of the base paint layer not covered by the pattern layer. The silicon oxide layer is directly formed on the entire tin layer. The top paint layer is formed on the silicon oxide layer. A method for making the housing is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicants: FIH (HONG KONG) LIMITED, SHENZHEN FUTAIHONG PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: DA-HUA CAO, XU LIU
  • Patent number: 8511761
    Abstract: A household appliance (1) comprising a body (2) which is disposed into the furniture, a door (3) which allows access into the body (2) and moves by rotating around a horizontal axis and which is opened by holding a handle, a hinge (4) which connects the door (3) to the body (2), and a decorative panel (5) which is slidably mounted onto the door (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Arcelik Anonim Sirketi
    Inventor: Guvenc Numanoglu
  • Patent number: 8506023
    Abstract: A handgun safe including a tray to receive a handgun and a lid operatively associated with the tray such that the tray may slide horizontally with respect to the lid to selectively reveal or conceal the interior portion of the tray. In all embodiments the height of the lid is less than the height of the tray. The handgun safe may further include a latch associated with the lid and tray configured to secure or lock the tray in a closed position with respect to the lid. The handgun safe may further include an electronic switch configured to cause the latch to disengage. The electronic switch may include a biometric scanner, electronic lock or other security device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: QuickDrawer LLC
    Inventor: Scott Dennis Goldie
  • Patent number: 8485615
    Abstract: A mounting to support a decorative plate on a door of a household appliance. The mounting includes a first mounting part to be mounted on the door or the decorative plate, wherein the first mounting part has at least one tongue. The mounting further includes a second mounting part fastened to the respectively other of two holding partners formed by the decorative plate and the door. The second mounting part has a bridging segment to receive the tongue with play in a longitudinal direction of a flank of the door. The second mounting part is configured in the manner of a batten having multiple bridging segments. Each of the bridging segments receives a respective tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Mehmet Ciyanoglu, Karl-Friedrich Laible, Helmut Steichele
  • Patent number: 8468615
    Abstract: The mounting device has a mounting frame (2) that includes means for securing the sanitary body. A covering (14, 15, 26) is positioned on the mounting frame (2), said covering concealing the mounting frame at least at the front. The covering (14, 15, 26) has at least one first decorative element (15) that conceals the mounting frame (2) at the front and is secured to the mounting frame (2) and at least one second decorative element (26) that conceals the mounting frame (2) at the top. The second decorative element (26) forms a removable cover for a cistern (5) mounted in the mounting frame (2). The covering (14, 15, 26) preferably has at least two further decorative elements (14) that conceal the mounting frame (2) at the sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Geberit International AG
    Inventor: Reto Tremp
  • Publication number: 20130153563
    Abstract: A connection assembly snap-interlocking first and second components is initiated with a first tab member provided on a first leg of the first component extending into a slot formed at an inner portion of the second component. The connection is then completed upon relatively rotating the first and second components about an axis defined by the first tab member, with a terminal bent portion of the first tab member engaging with the second component, another portion of the first tab member abutting a biasing arm extending from the second component, and a terminal portion of a second tab member, which extends from an outer edge portion of the second component, being snap-received and retained in an opening formed in a second leg of the first component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventor: ROBERT C. STEFFENS
  • Publication number: 20130127306
    Abstract: Furniture including a means for concealing a display stand and an object affixed thereto, such as a television. The furniture includes an upper housing and a lower housing, such as a dresser-hutch combination. A panel, such as a framed mirror that is part of the upper housing, conceals the display stand when in an ascended position. The panel vertically slides down into the lower housing in order to expose the display stand upon manipulation by the user's hand. Controlled sliding with the appropriate tension is provided by use of a counterbalance system in combination with a sliding track system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Gene Head
  • Publication number: 20130127307
    Abstract: An article of furniture, such as a night stand, is configured with firearm access features. A drawer of the article of furniture may include a mount for holding a firearm in the drawer. The mount may be configured to move a firearm from a horizontal storage position to a vertical position when the drawer is opened. The drawer may include a firearm locator feature comprising an arm-locating cut-out in a side of the drawer. The drawer may also include an access feature for selectively maintaining the drawer in a closed position and ejecting the drawer to an extended position, such as upon release of a catch which permits a spring to bias the drawer outwardly. The access features secure the firearm and at the same time permit expedited access to the firearm, including in the dark.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph W. Cole
  • Patent number: 8439460
    Abstract: A domestic appliance for installation in a furniture frame, the appliance includes an essentially rectangular body, and two vertical cover sections affixed to the front vertical edges of the body, which extend laterally beyond the vertical edges onto the furniture frame. A horizontal cover section is pushed in between the vertical sections along an upper front edge of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Karl-Friedrich Laible, Helmut Steichele
  • Patent number: 8439461
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided. The refrigerator includes a main body in which a storage chamber is provided and a door on which an image is provided. The door is pivotably coupled to the main body. The door includes a door panel defining an outer appearance of the door, a pattern processing part disposed on a side of the door panel to realize the image, and a glass member fixed to the door panel. According to the refrigerator, an elegant outer appearance of the door is realized to satisfy consumers' desires and increase consumer confidence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronic Inc.
    Inventor: Ju-Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 8430461
    Abstract: An article of furniture, such as a night stand, is configured with firearm access features. A drawer of the article of furniture may include a mount for holding a firearm in the drawer. The mount may be configured to move a firearm from a horizontal storage position to a vertical position when the drawer is opened. The drawer may include a firearm locator feature comprising an arm-locating cut-out in a side of the drawer. The drawer may also include an access feature for selectively maintaining the drawer in a closed position and ejecting the drawer to an extended position, such as upon release of a catch which permits a spring to bias the drawer outwardly. The access features secure the firearm and at the same time permit expedited access to the firearm, including in the dark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: JPL Investments, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph W. Cole
  • Publication number: 20130099632
    Abstract: An undercabinet secretary provides organization and storage for items as well as concealed or hidden storage for items. The undercabinet secretary prevents concealed items from being accessed while allowing authorized persons or those who are aware of the hidden storage to conveniently retrieve the items. The undercabinet secretary may have one or more dividers to provide compartments for organization and storage of items, and may have a hidden compartment assembly having the same outward appearance to conceal items. In one or more embodiments, the hidden compartment assembly may have its own divider which may be used as a handle to to access the hidden compartment assembly and which allows the hidden compartment assembly to blend in with the other dividers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventor: Marie Risley
  • Publication number: 20130093298
    Abstract: Door lock merchandising display apparatus, systems and methods are disclosed. An exemplary apparatus includes a support structure including first and second fixtures positioned in a merchandise display region. The fixtures are laterally and rotatably movable relative to the support structure. The apparatus includes merchandise modules that include door locks and are detachably coupled with respective fixtures. Interior and exterior portions of the door locks are displayed on respective sides of the modules. A customer can position the fixtures to selectably simultaneously display the interior and exterior portions of the door locks. The apparatus may also include a customer-accessible inventory storage region and a customer interaction unit configured to receive customer input associated with a particular type of door lock and provide an output to the customer identifying a location of the particular type of door lock in the inventory storage region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: SCHLAGE LOCK COMPANY LLC
    Inventor: SCHLAGE LOCK COMPANY LLC
  • Publication number: 20130093297
    Abstract: A device housing includes a main body and a first decorative layer formed on the main body. The main body defines a planar region and at least a concave region connected with the planar region. The first decorative layer includes a first pattern and a second pattern. The first pattern is formed on the planar region. The second pattern is formed on the concave region. The first pattern and the second pattern are an integral structure. A method for making the device housing is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicants: FIH (HONG KONG) LIMITED, SHENZHEN FUTAIHONG PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: XIN-WU GUAN, CHAO-SHENG HUANG, XIAO-MEI CHEN
  • Patent number: 8408665
    Abstract: A refrigerator door is provided. The refrigerator includes a door body filled with an insulating material, an exterior member on a front surface of the door body, a home bar frame around an opening opened in a side of the door body, a home bar cover coupled to the home bar frame to support at least one end of the exterior member, and a home bar door pivotally coupled to the home bar frame to selectively shield the opening. The home bar door shields an exposed portion of the home bar cover when the home bar door is closed. Thus, an outer appearance of a front surface of the refrigerator is improved nearly to unity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Kiyoung Lim