With Book Support Patents (Class 312/233)
  • Patent number: 10820701
    Abstract: A wall for a furniture carcass has a panel-type core arranged between two laterally positioned cover layers. The core has a cut-out extending at least along one section of an end face of the wall and is used to receive a fitting that guides a movable furniture part. The fitting rests at least against one of the cover layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: AMBIGENCE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Uwe Sobolewski, Michael Tasche, Stefan Andschus, Michael Schubert
  • Patent number: 9178342
    Abstract: A wire trough includes a body having back walls that engage the surfaces of a wall and a ceiling in a room. Side walls extend from the back walls to provide a horizontal and a vertical surface for stubbing in conduits. The trough also includes a cover that is used to permit access to an interior space in the wire trough. Multiple troughs may be assembled together to extend the length of the trough. Conduits may also be stubbed into the ends of the trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Lee Rodenberg
  • Patent number: 9022330
    Abstract: An overhead slatwall mounting bracket that has an anchoring surface and a biasing surface. The anchoring surface attaches the mounting bracket to a generally horizontal installation surface. The biasing surface may either define or provide one or more elongate slots. The mounting bracket is capable of securely supporting slatwall accessories that include one or more cantilever tabs. Each cantilever tab of the slatwall accessory may be inserted into one of the one or more elongate slots and thereby mount the slatwall accessory to the mounting bracket. The invention provides a means to suspend, mount or temporarily affix the tabbed slatwall accessory from an overhead or horizontal surface by insertion and subsequent rotation of the one or more cantilever tabs extending from the slatwall accessory into the one or more elongate slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Roland Edward Heersink
  • Patent number: 8567878
    Abstract: A toilet users rollable desk for a compact personal office desk for the commode user. A toilet users rollable desk generally includes a desk that provides the toilet user with a space between the knees and legs to read, write, use the computer and store personal items as well as a shelf to place coffee or nourishment. A toilet users rollable desk is also able to store toilet tissue, hold reading material and be conveniently moved in front of the commode user for all processes to be best utilized in the large, average or small toilet commode area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventors: Brian Wylie, Cameron Wylie
  • Patent number: 7562951
    Abstract: A wall cabinet system includes a bracket and a plurality of fasteners for connecting first and second side panels and first and second shelves. The bracket includes a plurality of fastener receiving holes. A first fastener extends through an upper side panel and a first fastener receiving hole; a second fastener extends through the lower side panel and a second fastener receiving hole; a third fastener extends through the upper side panel, a third fastener receiving hole, and the upper shelf; and a fourth fastener extends through the lower side panel, a fourth fastener receiving hole, and the lower shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Windquest Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall E. Tallman, William J. Lown
  • Patent number: 7006351
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus for a data storage device (10) with a plurality of protrusions (14) formed thereon. The mounting apparatus comprises a bracket (30), a pair of retaining members (50), and a pair of latches (70). A pair of openings (40) is defined in each side plate (34) of the bracket. The retaining members are attached to inner sides of the side plates and each comprises a pair of retaining portions (58). The retaining portions each comprise a resilient arm (60) and a positioning portion (58). The protrusions are limited in a space defined by the resilient arm and the positioning portion. A hook (610) is formed on the resilient arm and extends through corresponding opening. The latches are pivotally attached to outsides of the bracket and ends are received in corresponding hooks. The data storage device is released from the bracket by pressing the latches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., LTD
    Inventors: Yun Lung Chen, YanXi Yang, Zhou Xu
  • Patent number: 6679468
    Abstract: A pen box structure includes a box body pivoted with a box cover. The box body has one side defining an opening and has two inner walls each provided with a guide track which is provided with a lug that defines an insertion groove. The box cover has an inner face provided with a locking flange, and a lock mating device is locked on the locking flange, so that the box cover forms a proper included angle relative to the box body. A retractable drawer is movably inserted in the opening, and has two ends each provided with an insertion rod movably inserted in the guide track. The insertion rod has one side provided with a plate movably inserted in the insertion groove, and two L-shaped book clamping blocks pivotally mounted in the drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Inventor: Rong-Li Hsu
  • Patent number: 6663200
    Abstract: A floor standing lectern includes a single, unitary, continuous shell formed of a plastic material and having an integral and continuous exterior wall comprised of top, front, side, rear and bottom walls which collectively enclose a hollow interior cavity. The top wall has a support surface to support a lecturer's notes, and a perimeter which substantially comprises a rounded edge joining the top wall to the side, front and rear walls. The front wall faces an audience, and has a height sized to extend substantially from the floor to at least the top wall. The front wall has a perimeter which substantially comprises a rounded edge joining the front wall to the opposite side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Inventor: Dan James
  • Patent number: 6530631
    Abstract: A bookcase 12 has an easel 14 pivotally attached to the back of the bookcase housing 12. The easel 14 is attached to the bookcase 12 using friction supports 16 having additional support members or hinges 24 having hinge pins 32 therein. At least one support member 16 is provided for fixedly holding the planar work surface 14 at the desired angle. Also provided is a raised edge element 26 for supporting work materials 18 upon the planar work surface 14 when in an angled position. Additionally, there is provided a centrally positioned removable rail 28 that can support additional work materials 18. The bookcase 12 has a plurality of shelves 22 mounted therein along with a plurality of casters 20 fixedly attached to its underside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Inventor: Richard Paul Brown
  • Patent number: 6435559
    Abstract: An adjustable book jacket and book cover combination for a book comprising a book jacket for covering said book cover wherein the book jacket contains printed indicia of the subject matter of said book, and the jacket indicia, by reason of graphics, color or text is susceptible to easy perception and identification when said book containing said book jacket is arranged in partial overlapping sequence from east to west. The book cover similarly contains printed indicia of the subject matter of the book and said cover indicia by reason of graphics, color or text being susceptible is also easy perceived and identified when said book containing said book cover is arranged in partial overlapping sequence from north to south.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: Animalia, Inc.
    Inventor: Bernard Duke
  • Patent number: 6317329
    Abstract: A data storage module alignment system and method for use in a data storage module and enclosure system including a module enclosure having a plurality of bay slots and at least one data storage module. The data storage module alignment system comprises at least one alignment guide that is adapted to be mounted at the module enclosure entrance and at least one guide rail that is adapted to be mounted to the data storage module. The alignment guide includes a plurality of guide channels having rounded edges. The guide rail is sized and shaped for receipt within the guide channels. Typically, the alignment guide further includes a plurality of guide flanges that are arranged asymmetrically along the alignment guide. The inner side of each guide flange defines an edge of one of the guide channels and includes chamfers which facilitate initial alignment of the data storage module within one of the bay slots of the module enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventors: James L. Dowdy, Alicia G. Mercer, Herbert J. Tanzer, Darrel W. Poulter, David Dickey
  • Patent number: 6206183
    Abstract: A painter's box including provisions for painter's supplies and being supportable on an easel, the box including both a base and lid, the base including opposed top and bottom portions interconnected by opposed side portions, the bottom portion being provided with a groove for interconnection with an easel, the lid including a female connection area for interlocking with a male connector mounted on the easel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Inventor: Daniel C. Helsel
  • Patent number: 6092885
    Abstract: A durable one-piece portable podium that is lightweight, yet a full size executive type podium, of the type that is easily manufactured and recyclable. The lower portion of the podium has a toe kick (10) and a side connection indentation (12). The back of the podium contains a knee indentation (14) a middle shelf (16) and a top receptacle (18). The top desk (20) contains a pen trough (22) a front rise (24) a light visor (26) and side holds (28). The front of the podium contains an indented, front receptacle (30) that facilitates inserts of various materials, signs, speakers, etc., to customize the looks and or the performance of the podium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Inventor: Dan James
  • Patent number: 6045108
    Abstract: A multi-purpose easel is provided for use by children, artists, and the like. The inventive easel includes a lower housing portion, an upper housing portion hingedly attached to the lower housing portion for movement between a multiplicity of operating positions including a closed position and an inclined position, a stand hingedly attached to the upper housing portion for supporting the upper housing portion in the inclined position, and at least one drawer slidably installed within the lower housing portion for selective inward and outward movement with respect thereto. In the closed position, a panel section of the upper housing portion is substantially parallel to an interior surface of the lower housing portion, and the upper and lower housing portions form a portable carrying case in which supplies may be stored and transported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: Binney & Smith Inc.
    Inventor: David A. Cziraky
  • Patent number: 6017011
    Abstract: A collapsible music stand with optional multiple desks having dual-angular and vertical adjustability is provided. A music stand includes a height adjustment mechanism comprising a guide wire which frictionally engages a groove rendering the mechanism one with continuous height and frictional force adjustability. A music stand further includes a plurality of arrangements of single and multiple desks, dowels with tapered ends for ensuring the firm coupling of its components, a optional tray with a further optional candelabra, an optional bracket for coupling a lamp to the stand, pivotably adjustable tabs to accommodate wide pieces of sheet music, and detachable legs facilitating portability. A versatile music stand can be adjusted to support music at a variety of angles and is configurable as a larger and more stable conductor's stand, or to hold a musical instrument, or as a lectern. A durable and high-quality music stand includes a desk manufactured using a bookmatching method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Assignee: Alden Lee Comapny, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Lee
  • Patent number: 5887528
    Abstract: A phone stand system that includes a stand assembly and a phone tray assembly. In a preferred embodiment, the stand system also includes a wall mount assembly that is securable to a vertical surface for supporting the phone tray assembly in place of the stand assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Inventor: Robert C. Lummis
  • Patent number: 5865125
    Abstract: A work station includes a lower work surface and a pair of tiered article support sections located above the work surface. The work surface defines a generally planar area along an inner edge thereof, and an inclined storage area which angles upwardly and outwardly away from the planar area for the storage of documents thereon. The tiered article support sections include a lower tier which extends vertically and includes an erasable marker board surface. Each lower tier supports an upper tier which defines an upper shelf or ledge for the storage of documents. A worker using this computer work station is able to readily store, view and access documents located either on the work surface or the article support sections to facilitate organization of work-in-progress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Assignee: Haworth, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian D. T. Alexander, Steven J. Beukema
  • Patent number: 5660117
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a portable, foldable reading tray. The reading tray includes a pair of tray members which is hinged to each other and pivotable between an operative position defining a desktop surface adapted to be inclined relative to the horizontal, and a stored position defining a hollow interior within said pair of tray members. At least one leg is coupled to each tray member and movable between an operative position supporting the desktop surface and a stored position within the hollow interior. A bolster is coupled to and extends across the desktop surface when in the operative position. A light may be coupled to one tray member and movable to a stored position wherein the light is protected by the bolster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Inventor: Helen M. Noble
  • Patent number: 5358324
    Abstract: A stationery goods holder includes a housing having one or more openings formed in the top, one or more drawers disposed in the upper portion for accommodating stationery goods, a number of bars laterally engaged in the side portion of the housing so as to form a book shelf. A number of shafts are rotatably supported in the housing, and a sheet material is wound on each of the shafts, the sheet materials can be pulled outwards of the housing for taking notes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Inventor: Zuo-Heng Liu
  • Patent number: 5273247
    Abstract: A book stand includes a base, a post extended upward from the base, a sleeve slidably engaged on the post and movable up and down along the post, a housing rotatably disposed on the sleeve at a vertical axis, and a board rotatably disposed on the housing at a lateral axis. The height of the board can be adjusted when the sleeve slides along the post, and the angular positions of the board can be adjusted when the housing rotates about the vertical axis and when the board rotates about the lateral axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1993
    Inventor: Rong S. Jan
  • Patent number: 5224768
    Abstract: A portable collapsible lectern is featured that is easily transposed into an attache case. The lectern comprises an upright front panel having opposing vertical side walls perpendicularly joined thereto, and top and bottom panels horizontally disposed and perpendicularly fixed to the front panel and side walls. A pair of vertically disposed wing panels is pivotally joined along the respective vertical edge of the side walls for receiving and supporting a leaf panel therebetween. The leaf panel is pivotally joined along the horizontal edge of the top panel within the confines of the side walls, and is arranged so that it will extend from a closed position, wherein it is parallel to the front panel, to a deployed position, wherein it is outwardly extended about its pivotal axis to form a declining platform relative to the top panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1993
    Assignee: D. Roberts' Co., I.H.S.
    Inventor: D. Robert Vautier
  • Patent number: 5094514
    Abstract: A computer workstation comprises a substantially horizontal work surface; an opening in the work surface through which a monitor screen can be viewed by an operator from a position above the level of the work surface, and a hinged copy holder movable from a position in which it closes the opening and forms a flush extension of the work surface, to a rearwardly leaning position wherein at least a portion of the copy holder is located above the work surface, and a portion of the copy holder is located substantially below the work surface. A channel is attached to the copy holder for supporting printed matter thereon when the panel is in its rearwardly leaning position. The printed matter is located within a portion of the operator's field of view located substantially immediately above the field in which the monitor screen is viewed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1992
    Assignee: Grolen Incorporated
    Inventor: Peter T. Grosch
  • Patent number: 4991518
    Abstract: An apparatus is set forth wherein plural pairs of aligned support legs mount a matrix of braces therebetween. A fixed shelf surmounts the first plural pair of legs, each of a first length, overlying an angulated reading table which can be adjusted to various angles. The reading table in turn overlies a sliding table mounted within "U" shaped channels for securement of a computer keyboard and the like thereon. This sliding table can be adjusted in an up or down manner to make it more comfortable to use. A series of three fixed shelves is positioned in alignment with an adjacent shelf of the first plural pairs of legs for receiving additional computer equipment thereon. The angulated reading shelf includes a lower securement cylinder to assist in positioning material thereon, as well as including clip means in association with retracting spools for securement of various reading material positioned upon the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1991
    Inventor: Fernando A. Romero, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4969698
    Abstract: A portable desk having a work surface panel is supported over a seated user by support compartments which extend to the seat surface during use. The support compartment folds to the underside of the work surface panel when not in use so that the desk can be freestanding on the work surface panel front edge. The support compartments provide storage for books and a pencil holder. A drawer beneath the work surface panel is slideable in two directions, toward the user for access and away from the user to support books or papers proximate the work surface panel and is sandwiched between the work surface panel and the storage compartments when the storage compartment are folded under the work surface panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1990
    Inventor: Stuart T. Maynard, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4938548
    Abstract: A modular workstation includes a work surface disposed at a height comfortable for a standing user, a back panel and first and second end panels. A file drawer is secured beneath the work surface. Optionally at least one book holder for suspending books for ready use is disposed in the file drawer. A shelf is secured to the workstation and disposed above the work surface generally at eye level of a standing user of the workstation and optionally a plurality of book holders are disposed on the shelf and pivotably secured thereto. Each book holder is pivotable from a resting position on the shelf to a reading position in which the book holder is suspended from the shelf. A display device for a computer is disposed on the shelf generally at eye level of the standing user and a keyboard is operatively connected to the display. The keyboard is disposed in a housing on the work surface and a lock is provided for locking the keyboard housing on the workstation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1990
    Assignee: Shure Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel E. Richardson
  • Patent number: 4913502
    Abstract: A work station comprising a cabinet (11) normally storing a work surface (18) which can be slid forward as shown. The flap (15) normally covers the front face of the cabinet but can pivot about an intermediate transverse axis thereof, to allow access to the cabinet interior. In various alternatives the flap is pivoted to the cabinet sides or to the work surface either directly or via support arms. In use, the work station may be used to accommodate a personal computer whereby the surface (18) supports a keyboard, the top (14) of the cabinet a VDU, the interior of the cabinet accommodates a disc drive, etc. while the pivoted flap serves as a support for paperwork. A transparent support may be attached to flap (15). It can be flexed or bent outwardly about integral hinge portions to allow insertion of paperwork between the support and the flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Assignee: Ergonomic Designs Ltd.
    Inventor: Edwin R. Russell
  • Patent number: 4840441
    Abstract: A multi-function satchel which can be carried on the shoulder of the user when folded up, thus holding books, stationary and the like. It can also be opened up to a wide flat surface for writing, reading or drawing by placing the two cases of this satchel side-by-side with their lids pivotally opened to provide a larger area or a bookrest. In addition, a lamp and dry batteries may be provided in this satchel for illumination purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1989
    Inventor: Hwa-Yang Tsay
  • Patent number: 4735469
    Abstract: An audio-visual equipment station comprises a podium portion and a projector support portion. The podium portion includes a base member, a front wall, and a pair of upstanding, spaced apart side walls, each side wall having inclined top edges. A planar top surface is hingedly connected to the front wall, allowing the top surface to be pivoted from a rest position in which it is supported on the inclined top edges of the side walls to a nearly vertical position in which the surface may be used as an easel. A locking bar is provided for locking the surface in the nearly vertical position. In addition, an adjustment bar is provided for supporting the surface in a variety of positions between the rest position and the nearly vertical position. The projector support portion of the equipment station includes a base member, which is a lateral extension of the base member of the podium portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1988
    Inventor: Philip R. Liggett
  • Patent number: 4712842
    Abstract: A movable computer work processing system wherein a movable computer work station unit having a plurality of supporting surfaces in a housing thereof for supporting components of a computer work processing system is adapted to be moved over a desk. A slidably and pivotally mounted shelf means has a support surface for supporting components of a computer work processing system and is slidably moved out of the housing and pivoted until a portion thereof contacts the desk. The housing is provided with a slidably pivotally mounted front door means which is in a closed position when the housing is being moved and an open position when the computer work processing system is being used. Also, the front door means may be moved to a partially opened position to block off glare from overhead lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1987
    Assignee: Engineered Data Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Macy J. Price, Mack E. Johnson, Norman J. Acker
  • Patent number: 4682827
    Abstract: The box-table combination includes a lower open topped toy box with central storage space, and an upper open bottomed drafting table releasably secured to the top of the box and nestable therein when disconnected therefrom for easy transportation. The drafting table has generally vertical side and rear walls and a closed top having an upwardly and rearwardly sloping (at about 40.degree.) front drafting portion and an about horizontal rear portion, all defining a central storage cavity within which staggered horizontal shelves are disposed. The rear ends of the shelves are slideably disposed in and readily removable from slats in the table rear wall. Access to the shelves is through a plurality of child-safe side folding hinged panel members in the table front portion. Access to the central storage space is through a drawer slidably received therein and extending out of the box, and thrugh the folding panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1987
    Inventor: Eldon D. Woodward
  • Patent number: 4666120
    Abstract: An apparatus for pivotally connecting a binder to a support surface, to enable the binder to be moved between stored and accessed positions relative to the support surface. The apparatus is adapted to protect a book enclosed in the binder in stored position. The apparatus includes a link, secured to the support surface, and a yoke, pivotally interconnected between the binder and link. The yoke is adapted to press hingedly-mounted opposed covers of the binder together, upon movement to the stored position, so as to firmly enclose the book mounted in the binder, to effectively protect such book from damage thereto when so stored. The yoke is further adapted to enable pivoted movement of the binder, limited to prevent overtravel, for efficient access to the book mounted in the binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1987
    Inventor: Robert H. Popper, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4632471
    Abstract: For use with a CRT monitor, a copyholder assembly comprises a copyholder including a display framing panel and at least one copyholding panel extending from a respective side of the display framing panel. The panels are joined either integrally or for pivotal angular adjustment of the copyholding panel relative to the display framing panel. The display framing panel, which includes a window positionable in front of the CRT screen, is adjustably detachably secured to a mounting assembly removably securable atop the monitor or to a mount removably securable beneath the monitor. The mounting assembly is adjustable for universal use with different monitors notwithstanding different top surface configurations. Optional accessories for the copyholder also are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1986
    Inventor: Andres H. Visnapuu
  • Patent number: 4583708
    Abstract: A vertical support shaft projects down from the underside of a telephone booth shelf and supports the inner end of an arm swivelable horizontally about the shaft. The outer end of the arm is hingedly coupled to a telephone directory binder so that the binder is pivotable about a horizontal axis at such end and transverse to the arm's centerline. The binder's centerline is parallel to a reference line passing through such axes at an acute angle b. When the arm is on "in" position the binder is stored beneath the shelf in primary alignment with its width. When the arm is pulled out and the binder is pivoted out, up and over, the binder goes through a motion equivalent to an angular displacement of 2b to come to rest face-up with an alignment parallel to its former widthwise alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1986
    Assignee: AT&T Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Casey J. Wieczorek
  • Patent number: 4569564
    Abstract: A compact, foldable voting booth of corrugated cardboard or other suitable material can be set up in seconds into a sturdy voting booth of standard height. In storage or transit configuration, it is folded and forms into a compact, portable box/carrying case. The voting booth is of two components, a top portion which is the carrying case and also forms the voting table, and a base portion which can be folded and stored inside the carrying case. The top portion is in the form of a container having a lid which is swung pivotally around against the bottom of the container to expose a back shield and a pair of side shields, forming the voting table. The container is placed, with its open side down, on the erected rectangular base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1986
    Inventor: John E. Ahmann
  • Patent number: 4484787
    Abstract: A combination voting booth/speaker's lectern which is disposable, yet reusable is disclosed. The voting booth/lectern includes an upper shelf member and a lower support member both preferably comprised of cardboard, or other commonly used, semi-rigid, lightweight and inexpensive material. The lower support member is foldable into three sections which are generally vertically oriented, the top portions of which are insertable into a series of slots on the lower side of the upper shelf member. The upper shelf member includes four foldable sections, one of which is positioned upon and engaged by the lower support section by means of the aforementioned slots. The remaining three sections of the upper shelf member may be folded upon one another in forming a speaker's lectern or may be extended to a generally vertical orientation so as to form a semi-enclosed area providing the privacy required when the present invention is used as a voting booth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 27, 1984
    Assignee: Election Data Corporation
    Inventor: Richard J. Stephens
  • Patent number: 4478465
    Abstract: A refuse compacting apparatus having a hollow closure which carries a handle along its upper edge is provided with literature storage means within the closure. The handle is provided with downwardly opening slot through which the literature is inserted to be held in a pocket formed within the closure at a suitable position below the slot. The spacing of the bottom of the pocket below the slot is preselected to permit the upper portion of the literature to project outwardly from the slot for facilitated viewability and accessibility. The pocket structure further serves to resiliently bias the closure panels so as to reduce rattling or vibration. The pocket-forming structure cooperates with a boss on the rear panel of the closure in guiding the literature into the desired inserted disposition within the pocket. The handle further defines a protective cover overlying the slot providing spill protection for the literature stored in the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1984
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Charles E. Sulcek
  • Patent number: 4472843
    Abstract: A bathtub accessory holder is provided and consists of a platform having a support member with a fog proof mirror on one side and a pair of pivotally connected arms so that the support member can be positioned on the platform in such manner to create a writing tablet, a book support or a make up mirror. The bathtub accessory holder also contains a first container to hold cotton balls and the like, a second container to hold pencils and the like, a drinking container and a nail polish holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1984
    Inventor: Linda Chermak
  • Patent number: 4460145
    Abstract: A book holder includes a shelf for supporting literature on the upper surface thereof is attached to a mounting member by means of a bracket. The bracket retains the shelf capable in a manner to be switched from a use position whereat the shelf extends obliquely and forwardly from the mounting member to a non-use position whereat the shelf is housed under the mounting member. The bracket may be mounted on the mounting subject through a swivel mechanism, whereby the direction of orientation of the shelf may be changed when in the use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 17, 1984
    Assignee: Hukuba Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masumi Ando
  • Patent number: 4453788
    Abstract: A portable writing desk is the subject of the present invention. The desk is particularly designed for use on a vehicle steering wheel. A flat surface is provided for resting against the steering wheel and a plurality of hooks extend from the surface for engagement over the rim of the wheel. A writing surface is disposed in spaced relationship to the flat surface and is inclined in the same direction as the steering wheel. The writing surface is hinged so as to provide access to an inner cavity which holds papers, writing instruments, etc. The portable writing desk may also be used in the lap of a person or on a flat planar surface and, in this manner, provides for an incline writing surface that is comfortable and convenient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1984
    Inventor: Jack M. Russell
  • Patent number: 4428631
    Abstract: In a preferred embodiment, a computer key-punch work-station structure having a copy support shelf mounted behind a key board shelf's forward portion and above a rearward portion thereof, mounted adjustably of height at its rearward edge and thereby varable of tilt of the copy support shelf, and a video display-screen support shelf being mounted behind the copy support shelf and being adjustable of both height and tilt angle. This combination is mounted on bilateral unified leg structures having separate forward and rearward upright legs connected at their bases and connected at their upper portions by a horizontal weight-distributing support, with the tops of the leg structures being braced against sideward wobbling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1984
    Assignee: Health Science Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Cope, Michael King
  • Patent number: 4411482
    Abstract: A telephone organizer comprises a box-like enclosure housing a telephone, and ancilliary items, such as, a telephone number note-book, a note-pad, a writing implement and a clock/timer. The enclosure is comprised of two hingedly connected parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1983
    Inventor: Nikolaus Hoff
  • Patent number: 4372631
    Abstract: A lightweight drafting table having a full-size drafting board of sandwich-type construction, the underside of which is glued to a yoke having three support arms which are disposed approximately parallel to each other and which are connected to a cross member to form a rigid structure for supporting two drawers. The board provides the cover for the drawers when they are closed. Each drawer has a slot formed in each of two sides thereof; the walls of each slot ride on a key which protrudes laterally from one of the support arms. A slight drag between the key and the slot prevents each drawer from opening under the force of gravity alone when the drafting board and the drawer are tilted at an angle of several degrees to the horizontal and the drawer is fully loaded. The yoke is pinned to a pair of vertical support members attached to a four-legged base and to a pair of braces, each of which is also bolted to one of the support members to form a lightweight structure of exceptional strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1983
    Inventor: Harry I. Leon
  • Patent number: 4366999
    Abstract: A fold-down desk is provided especially adapted for use in nursing homes. The desk is composed of a casing and a writing surface, with the writing surface pivotally mounted to the casing. Special hangers mount the casing to a wall panel so that the writing surface is movable from a first position, in which it is vertical and abuts the casing, to a second position at which it is stopped with respect to the casing and is substantially vertical. The writing surface and casing are interconnected so that as the writing surface is moved away from the casing about the pivot structure, the movement of the writing surface is slow and gradual until it is positively stopped at the end of its path of travel. All portions of the writing surface and casing have rounded edges, the writing surface is flat with a raised edge around the circumference thereof, and elongated recesses are provided along the periphery of the cases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1983
    Inventors: Joseph A. Koncelik, David B. Chaney
  • Patent number: 4343244
    Abstract: A component adapted for attachment to a library unit stand for use in storing magazines, pamphlets and other information-bearing media, said component comprising a frame assembly having means for attaching it to a library unit stand, and a shelf assembly mounted to the frame assembly so as to be movable from a first media-storing position where it is in a plane that is horizontal or nearly horizontal and a second media-displaying position where its rear end has been advanced and its front end has been lowered so that it is inclined at a selected angle for displaying the media stored thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1982
    Assignee: Wright Line Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick J. Moriarty, Edmund T. Paquette
  • Patent number: 4330161
    Abstract: A storage unit for a plurality of items such as tape cassettes, and video tape recorder (VTR) cassettes, including a container which has a number of pivotal elements, each of said elements holding a cassette box which permits the box to be pivoted outward from the storage unit and the box opened to remove the cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1982
    Inventor: Antoine B. Khawand
  • Patent number: 4323290
    Abstract: A telephone enclosure assembly and directory holder device for use with indoor/outdoor telephone installations. The enclosure includes a one-piece cast or molded plastic housing shell. Side panels can be fastened to the shell and a security lock clip permits the panels to be locked in place but readily replaced in the event of sidewall damage or vandalism. A directory holder is attached to the shell and is capable of storing several directories which can be rotated from a closed position to an open position, allowing each reader to comfortably view all printed matter on each and every page of the directory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1982
    Assignee: Utility Products, a division of Reliable Electric Co.
    Inventors: John S. Hickman, John B. Olson, Richard L. Jeanson
  • Patent number: 4305630
    Abstract: A cabinet having special utility in patch panel-formation of electric cirts in analog computers. The patch panel is removed from the computer and mounted in an inclined attitude atop the cabinet for easy viewing of circuit holes in the panel face. The cabinet includes cable-storage trays in close proximity to the patch panel, whereby the technician is able to readily select an appropriate length cable for plug-on connection to the panel, necessary to form various electrical circuits. After the panel has been wired it is remounted onto the front face of the analog computer; the cable terminations extend through the panel into electrical connection with terminals permanently located in the computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1981
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Donald R. Mentlikowski, James B. Cumbow
  • Patent number: 4294497
    Abstract: A teacher's or lecturer's carrying case is provided with means to facilitate displays while lecturing and can be arranged in a number of configurations so as to serve as a carrying case, a display aid or a lectern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1981
    Inventor: Robert A. Daniel
  • Patent number: 4273397
    Abstract: The present filing system comprises a filing case which may resemble a book with one or more open compartments in which is removably positioned an expanding file envelope which may have a flap on one end to conceal the corrugated edges of the expanding envelope. The envelope is compressed and slid into and out of the case and may be used to hold photographs, recipes, coupons or other material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1981
    Inventor: Lily P. Nolan
  • Patent number: 4269381
    Abstract: A holder for cookbooks which will hold a cookbook above and off the counter surface in a position easily accessible for reference during cooking. The cookbook holder is formed of metal wire segments bent to shape and comprises a generally planar back frame having an upper portion and a lower portion and a pair of spaced apart sides adapted to support an open book. A ledge is connected to the lower portion of the back frame and extends generally forwardly therefrom and is adapted to support the lower edge of the book when it is resting on the back frame. Preferably, the ledge includes a lip which serves to engage the book in such a manner that it will be held open. Hook means connected to the upper end of the back frame are adapted for hooking around a vertical post or the like, such as the frame of a kitchen cabinet, a screw eye, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1981
    Inventor: John F. Harms