Flexible Type Patents (Class 4/558)
  • Patent number: 10779689
    Abstract: A shower attachment to keep steam within a bathroom shower includes a plurality of telescopic rods, a first dome panel, a second dome panel, at least one inner fastener, and at least one outer fastener. The plurality of telescopic rods is mounted opposite of each other and functions as a framing structure. The first dome panel and the second dome panel are slidably positioned offset of each other to fit within opposing walls of a bathroom shower. The first dome panel and the second dome panel are terminally mounted to each other by the at least one inner fastener and the at least one outer fastener so that the first dome panel and the second dome panel can position atop the plurality of telescopic rods. Resultantly, the first dome panel and the second dome panel are able to trap the steam vapor within a bathroom shower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventors: Ryan Howard, Melissa Howard, John Hradisky
  • Patent number: 10781597
    Abstract: An apparatus for an entryway includes: a sheet of material having a top, a bottom, a left side, and a right side, and a sleeve at the top of the sheet of material. The sheet of material has an opening extending to the bottom of the sheet of material between the left side and the right side of the sheet of material from a position below the sleeve. The opening has a left seam and a right seam, wherein a first magnet is positioned at the left seam of the opening and a second magnet is positioned at the right seam of the opening, wherein the first and second magnets are magnetically coupled. A variable-length cross member has a first end and a second end. The cross member is positioned in the sleeve and includes a first securing mechanism at the first end and a second securing mechanism at the second end that secure the cross member respectively to body portions of a first vertical pole and a second vertical pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Zipwall, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Whittemore
  • Patent number: 10278548
    Abstract: A shower liner system configured to engage a shower rod having a rib with a strut slidably engaging the shower rod and a panel disposed approximately perpendicular to the strut having a top end and a bottom end. A liner can include a waterproof body with a top header disposed approximate the shower rod and having an engagement point, and a second header disposed away from the first header toward the floor. The top end of the panel engages the first header and the second end of the panel engages the second header. The rib is configured to hang at least a portion of the liner at an angle to the shower rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Patrick Raymond
  • Patent number: 9510711
    Abstract: A device comprising a shower partition comprising a plurality of cells or pleats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventors: Roman Tsibulevskiy, Barry Greenbaum
  • Patent number: 9478093
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to a dispenser configured for storing one or more items and dispensing the stored items to authorized users. According to various embodiments, the dispenser generally includes a housing defining an interior portion dimensioned to receive one or more items and a laterally sliding access door comprised of a flexible barrier configured to provide restricted access to items stored within the dispenser. In various embodiments, the dispenser also includes a biasing system configured bias the access door to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Innovative Product Achievements, LLC
    Inventors: Ward Broom, Kyle Joiner, Keith Stallings, Robert Fitzgerald, Joel Eisler
  • Patent number: 9285132
    Abstract: A saw enclosure having a waterproof metal base pan, with integral receiver brackets for supporting enclosure frame work, and a built in shop-vac attachment port for using a vacuum to produce negative air pressure within enclosure; removing dust, moisture and particulate laden air. The saw enclosure framework assembly includes an electric control panel comprising of a switch controlled, duplex, GFCI outlet, for simultaneously energizing the saw and vacuum, and a continuously powered duplex outlet for powering a jig saw, grinder, drill, light, or any other electrical item. The enclosure, a seamed and fitted cover of flexible fabric or plastic, includes weights or magnets to ensure a tight fit at the base pan. All components disassemble quickly, and fit within base pan, which has a detachable cover for ease of transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventor: Frank Edward Waulters
  • Patent number: 9161882
    Abstract: A therapeutic shower assembly for weight reduction contemplates a generally horizontal support for an individual's body in a horizontal position on their back or stomach and a shower enclosure that accommodates the support. The shower enclosure also includes a source of pressurized water or a pump, a water heater for providing heated water and a horizontal serpentine pipe including a plurality of upwardly directed small openings. The assembly also includes two valves for stopping the flow of water to a portion of the pipe and the second valve for totally stopping the flow of water. The upwardly directed heated water falls gently on the individual. A mechanism raises and lowers the serpentine pipe to allow access to the support and to bring the pipe within about a foot or two of the individual. Finally, a timer and alarm warn an individual that the treatment is over.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventor: Husain S. A. Faridoon
  • Patent number: 9113739
    Abstract: A magnetic window valance is disclosed. The magnetic window valance can include a sheet of ferromagnetic material, and a decorative layer disposed about the sheet of ferromagnetic material. The magnetic window valance can also include a curtain rod coupling portion extending in a first direction from the decorative layer, and a tab extending in a second direction from the decorative layer and supporting a magnet configured to couple with a proximal magnetic window valance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Window Wear, LLC
    Inventor: Gayle Thomas
  • Patent number: 9038211
    Abstract: A shower curtain is provided with two pockets adapted to receive spaced apart stereo speakers and a third pocket adapted to receive a personal entertainment system. The third pocket is provided with a clear inside window pane facing the inside of the shower and adapted for finger-touch control through the window pane. A closure system integral with the shower curtain is provided for external access to the pockets. In one embodiment, the closure system for access to the pockets is a tongue-in-groove fastening arrangement that provides external access to a personal entertainment system as well as a channel through which wires run to couple the entertainment system to the speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: HEDAYA HOME FASHIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Joseph A. Hedaya
  • Patent number: 9038209
    Abstract: A shower curtain-rod assembly is arranged to have distinct and structurally separate gravitational and torsional load bearing capabilities. The shower curtain may be formed with folded pockets to receive shower curtain stays. The pockets are made by creating overlapping layers of the shower curtain and then ultrasonically welding the overlapping layers together. The shower curtain-rod assembly includes a shower rod having an internal track, a shower ring coupled to a shower curtain stay, and rollers supported on the internal track and coupled to the stay. The internal track generally supports the weight of the shower curtain, the rollers, the stays, and the shower ring. In one embodiment, a channel formed in an outer wall of the shower rod cooperates with a torsional restraint tab extending from an inner surface of the shower ring, which is located over the shower rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Robert W. Wise
  • Patent number: 9009878
    Abstract: Bath curtain rod assemblies are disclosed comprising axially movable tubes that may be locked into position in relation with each other. A contact end is extended from one of the tubes to engage and press against a bath support structure to firmly secure the assembly in place. The bath curtain rod assemblies may be installed quickly and easily in bath and shower stalls without the necessity of screws or adhesives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Maytex Mills, Inc.
    Inventor: David Baines
  • Patent number: 8898872
    Abstract: A space-creating shower curtain hook hanging from a shower curtain rod. It includes a shower rod hook engaging the shower curtain rod; a neck disposed upwards and inwards from the shower rod hook; a first connector disposed along the neck engaging a shower liner; and a stem connected to the neck and disposed downwards. The weight of the shower liner causes the space-creating shower curtain hook to rotate about the shower curtain rod, contacting the stem to the shower liner, and disposing the shower liner outwards of the shower curtain rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Patrick Raymond
  • Patent number: 8826471
    Abstract: A disposable shower curtain liner device that includes a plurality of flexible polymeric sheet members disposed dispensable from a housing, each of said plurality of sheet members including a pair of adhesive strips and a plurality of magnets disposed upon a first surface of said sheet member for releasable attachment of the sheet member to a bathroom surface whereby contact between a user and a bathroom surface is preventable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Bessie Maddox
  • Patent number: 8800072
    Abstract: A shower curtain rod assembly includes a suction disk, an engaging member, a positioning member, a cover and a rod unit. The shower curtain rod assembly is able to be installed between two walls with different inclinations and different distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Shih-Lin Chang
  • Patent number: 8719974
    Abstract: A shower barrier, such as a curtain, is provided with a mechanism to hang the shower barrier next to a shower recess or stall. The shower barrier restricts water from exiting the shower recess and includes an access opening for a caretaker to access a patient through the access opening and assist the patient in showering. The access opening may include an elastic reinforcement around its circumference and a flap to cover the opening when not in use by the caretaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Pauline Empey
  • Patent number: 8720380
    Abstract: The present invention provides a sink enclosure for bathing pets that provides a safe environment for such bathing. The sink enclosure is composed of a number of vertical posts which support a heavy duty vinyl panel that extends around the sink and withstand water flow, spray, and pet nail penetration. An adjustable front access panel allows the pet owner easy access to the pet within the enclosure. The sink enclosure provides a water barrier and pet restraint. The invention adapts to any size sinks and configuration, and is highly durable and adds a high level of safety for both the animal and the bather. The enclosure is easy and fast to put up and take down, usually within a few minutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Frank J. Skirbe
  • Publication number: 20130283519
    Abstract: The multi-layer disposable shower curtain liner provides a plurality of individual disposable shower curtain liners secured together in a way that permits easy removal and replacement of a used shower curtain liner. The multi-layer disposable shower curtain liner includes a plurality of water impermeable shower curtain liners that are joined together to form a common curtain-hanging strip along the upper edges thereof. The common curtain-hanging strip has a plurality of apertures formed therein for removably receiving a plurality of shower curtain rings. Each of the liners has a row of perforations extending across the width of the liner adjacent the upper end thereof and beneath the plurality of apertures so that the outermost liner may be removed by tearing along the row of perforations and replaced by the next liner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: LISA J. HOLDEN
  • Publication number: 20130276847
    Abstract: A bathtub tent enclosure comprising a flexible supporting frame encased in fabric that opens in a figure-eight configuration and is adjustable in size to fit over a variety of sizes of water receptacles. The enclosure adheres to the bathtub or other water receptacle or a surface surrounding the bathtub or other receptacle with suction cups that are attached to adjustable-length cords. Fabric curtains overlap in the front and include adjustable-length cords that allow the curtain opening to be adjusted to a user's desired setting, from overlapping to fully open. The back of the enclosure includes a continuous sheet fabric curtain. The enclosure can be collapsed by holding the tent flat and twisting the flexible supporting frame over itself until it forms three overlapping continuous loops that lay flat, and can be inserted into a round fabric case for storage when not in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas J. Vulich, Sarah O. Vulich
  • Publication number: 20130212799
    Abstract: We provide a shower enclosure, typically a temporary shower enclosure. Embodiments may include a rod that includes an insert. The insert has at least two tracks. Each track includes a panel that has a top portion that may be placed within the track and the rod. The panel then slides within the track. The rod may be held in a shower enclosure by friction. This allows the creation of an inexpensive and easily-cleaned and replaced shower enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventors: Maurice Stafford Parker, Stephen Blair Brooks
  • Publication number: 20130061386
    Abstract: Storage options for a shower are provided. Storage features, such as pockets and sleeves, provide convenient storage solutions to hold shower and bath items in the limited space of a shower. Additionally, such storage features may be provided on a shower panel that may be configured for hanging in a customizable location within the shower. Such customization allows users to position the shower panel and, thus, the storage features, in a convenient location within the shower that is based on the user's own preferences. These storage features may also be provided on a shower curtain or shower curtain liner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: GLENOIT LLC
    Inventor: Courtney J. Vagliardo
  • Patent number: 8341774
    Abstract: A vertical sliding enclosure for a bathtub, including three vertically slidable glass panel assemblies, wherein each assembly contains a slidable glass panel attached by the left and right glass connectors serving as the transverse position limiters which limit the panel in the transverse movement, a pair of left and right housings having the respective longitudinal tracks for the panel in the vertical movement, and room for a counterbalancing weight system containing left and right pulleys and weight combination so that a weight of the glass panel can be balanced. The enclosure provides a sufficient height for a user to access the bathtub when the three panels are raised to their maximum heights. When in their lowered position, the three panels prevent shower water from entering the bathroom floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Roy Norris
  • Patent number: 8341775
    Abstract: An adjustable curved double curtain rod shower assembly for hanging and supporting the weight of two shower curtains and attached to the walls of a shower area and forms a shower enclosure area and the curtain rod assembly comprises: (a) two adjustable curved curtain rods in a horizontal plane one an inner rod and the second an outer rod and each rod comprises a first and a second tubular section wherein the first section fits into the second section thereby providing for telescopic adjustment of each of the rods and two end pieces that join the ends of each of the two adjustable rods together; (b) two end hanging means having pivotably positioned therein the two end pieces wherein each of the hanging means is attached to the walls of the shower enclosure and when shower curtains are attached to each of the rods form an enclosed shower area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Zenith Products Corporation
    Inventor: Kaveh Didehvar
  • Patent number: 8166583
    Abstract: A bath curtain rack structure includes a curved transverse rod, two pivot members and two wall-mounted brackets. The curved transverse rod has two ends which are connected to hollow pipe portions of the pivot members, respectively. Each pivot member includes a flat rounded end with a semi-circle flange at one end thereof. Each wall-mounted bracket includes a central protruding post which is inserted in a dual awl-shaped guide hole of the pivot member. The wall-mounted bracket further has a pair of lock holes for insertion of screws to be secured on a wall, a recess corresponding in shape to the flat round end, two stoppers to stop the semi-circle flange, and a protruding opening to receive the flat rounded end and the semi-circle flange of the pivot member. A second headless screw is screwed in a second threaded hole of the flat rounded end to engage with the concave pivot point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventor: Huang-Kai Liang
  • Patent number: 8151385
    Abstract: A shower curtain and support system employs an elongated rail supported at the shower or tub. The rail extrusion can be an extrusion with an inverted U profile, with an open slot or slots at its base. There are glides, e.g., nylon members with a ball, hemisphere, or other wide head portion and shaft that projects out through the slot from the open interior of the rail. The glides have one or two hook structures for attaching to a fabric curtain and a vinyl curtain liner. In one preferred version, there is a liner hook and spring retaining arm on one side that fits into the grommet at the top of the liner. On the other side is a short arm with a button that fits into a button hole on the cloth or fabric curtain. The curtain has blind button holes or grommets at its upper hem, so that the hook structure, e.g., button, does not show.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Kartri Sales Company, Inc.
    Inventors: M. Karen Goskowski, Gregory H. Millet, John J. Fitzsimmons
  • Patent number: 8146182
    Abstract: A mounting assembly is used to mount a curved rod to a mounting surface. The mounting assembly includes a base, a guide and a cover. The base is fixed to the mounting surface by inserting screws through holes in the base and into the mounting surface. The guide fits around the base and can move along a length of the base. The cover is placed over the base and secured to the guide, such that the cover can also move along the length of the base. The mounting assembly interfaces with an end of the curved rod that approaches the mounting assembly at a given angle. Movement of the cover allows the mounting assembly to interface with ends of curved rods approaching the mounting assembly over a range of angles. The mounting assembly can include a shaft that is connected to the base and interfaces with the end of the curved rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Moen Incorporated
    Inventor: Alan M. Bauer
  • Patent number: 8122531
    Abstract: A shower curtain assembly is designed to provide users with an apparatus that provides much wide shower space for consumers than traditional one, prevents the curtain from moving inward, eliminate water spilling onto the floor, and even allows the user to sit on a top periphery of a bathtub near the curtain when the shower is in use. It is simply comprised of a shower curtain support rod that bows outward from a shower enclosure along its length, a shower curtain, hooks, and means that secures the shower curtain to achieve the abovementioned goal. The means includes main weights attached to the lower portion of the curtain, wires connected to the lower portion of the curtain and holders fixed to the bottom edges of the sidewalls of the shower enclosure, and wires with magnets attached. Only one of them needs to be chosen for the shower enclosure for the aforementioned functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Wayne Wenchuan Li
  • Publication number: 20120017366
    Abstract: A curtain rod assembly according to example embodiments may include a first rod, a second rod, a collar assembly attached to the first end of the second rod and a second collar attached to the second end of the second rod. The first collar assembly and the second collar assembly may be attached to the first rod and the length of the second rod may be independently adjustable with respect to the length of the first rod. At least one of the first and second collar assemblies may be configured to be adjustably positioned on the first rod. At least one of the first and second collar assemblies may include a locking mechanism for fixing the position of the at least one of the first and second collar assemblies with respect to the first rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: Ex-Cell Home Fashions, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Barrese
  • Patent number: 7997428
    Abstract: A support rod for curtains and the like has telescoping sections the ends of which are threaded for being screwed onto respective receivers mountable on facing walls in axial alignment. The receivers are fixed to the walls by fasteners which are concealed within the bore of at least one of the rod section or its mating receiver. A decorative flange may be mounted between each receiver and its respective rod section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: EMSA Sales Corporation
    Inventor: Allan Goldstein
  • Patent number: 7987534
    Abstract: A shower curtain rod is a multiple-sectional rod composed of two supporting rods and at least one extension rod pivotally connected between the two supporting rods to allow shower curtain sleeving and suspending thereon. Distal ends of the two supporting rods rotatably combine with pivotal hinge assemblies to mount on the walls respectively. Thus, the extension rod is driven to different orientations by pushing and rotating one of the two supporting rods to selectively bend the shower curtain rod inward or outward to make the shower space variable with maximum benefit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Mei-Chun Lin
  • Patent number: 7987532
    Abstract: A shower curtain support system consists of a support guide member having a center portion, two opposing ends, two holders, and an attached shower curtain. The two holders are fixedly attached to the two opposing end walls of a shower stall or tub enclosure, and are usably adjoined, one on each end, to the support guide member. Each holder consists of a roller bracket having rollers and spacers attached to the roller bracket. The rollers communicate with the longitudinal slots on each of the two opposing ends of the support guide member. The support guide member is movable between a first extended position wherein the support guide member, with an attached shower curtain, is extended out at the top creating a maximum amount of space inside the shower stall or tub enclosure. In the second position the support guide member is retracted within the space defining the shower stall or tub enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventors: David B. Bathurst, Veronica L. Bathurst
  • Patent number: 7958577
    Abstract: A shower curtain hanging structure includes a fixture, a first socket, a second socket and a linking rod. The fixture is provided with a connecting unit to secure the first socket. The second socket is accommodated in the first socket and linked with the connecting unit. The linking rod is composed of several sections, with the two ends connected to the second socket to form the hanger. The first socket is adjustable to link the second socket for the linking rod in a different length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Shih-lin Chang
  • Patent number: 7818827
    Abstract: An illuminated shower hook includes a hook body, power pack, and lighting element such as a light emitting diode, electro-luminescent element, chemical phosphor element, or light-absorbing element to provide pleasing illumination for bathroom activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventor: Tseng-Lu Chien
  • Patent number: 7770243
    Abstract: A shower curtain-rod assembly is arranged to have distinct and structurally separate gravitational and torsional load bearing capabilities. The shower curtain may be formed with folded pockets to receive shower curtain stays. The pockets are made by creating overlapping layers of the shower curtain and then ultrasonically welding the overlapping layers together. The shower curtain-rod assembly includes a shower rod having an internal track, a shower ring coupled to a shower curtain stay, and rollers supported on the internal track and coupled to the stay. The internal track generally supports the weight of the shower curtain, the rollers, the stays, and the shower ring. In one embodiment, a channel formed in an outer wall of the shower rod cooperates with a torsional restraint tab extending from an inner surface of the shower ring, which is located over the shower rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventor: Robert W. Wise
  • Patent number: 7761935
    Abstract: A shower curtain with an integral flap for accommodating a tub transfer bench. The flap, located along the bottom edge of the shower curtain, can be pulled into the slot of a tub transfer bench to prevent water from splashing outwards of the bathtub. Two side slits bound the flap and reinforcing material is provided at the boundary of the side slits to reduce the possibility of tear propagation. A handle may be provided at the lower end of the flap to facilitate easy grasping of the flap. The shower curtain may further include straps having hook-and-loop pads at the top edge to facilitate easy hanging and removal of the shower curtain from a conventional shower curtain rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Inventor: Jennifer L. Whitaker
  • Patent number: 7600274
    Abstract: A disposable shower curtain assembly includes an anchor bracket that has planar front and rear faces, and has opposed ends. The anchor bracket is provided with apertures for receiving support rings therethrough and has a notch extending along a length thereof. The notch has an open bottom end that extends towards a top face of the bracket. Disposable water-impermeable shower liners have top edges nested within the notch. Each liner has a bottom-, a left side- and a right side-edge monolithically formed with the top edge, and also has a tab formed therewith that is positioned at a top corner of an associated liner. Adjacent front and back faces of the liners are continuously attached such. A mechanism is included for removably affixing the shower liners together so that a perimeter of an outer liner remains sealed to a perimeter of an adjacent liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Inventor: Andria C. Washington
  • Publication number: 20090193575
    Abstract: A shower curtain support fixture formed of a set of slotted tubes each having an end portion containing a bend so as to dispose the end portions adjacent the side walls of a bath-shower enclosure and a slotted coupling member slidingly receiving cut inner ends of the slotted tubes to form a U-shaped slotted tube fixture which receives a plurality of T-shaped shower curtain hangers through the slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventor: John L. Prian
  • Publication number: 20090151068
    Abstract: A curtain having integrated pockets therein for housing water sensitive items, principally photographs, in a substantially water impenetrable manner is provided. The curtain panel is constructed with an exterior surface having at least one substantially water tight pocket constructed therein that can readily be utilized to house and display the photograph in a dry environment. The panel may be composed of a cloth or may be a polymeric material. Water tight construction of the pocket is facilitated due to a bottom or lower entry slit or bottom slit-opening provided on a lower edge of the pocket along with the utilization of a fastener mechanism assembly located on the lower edge or bottom slit-opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventor: Nora Rice
  • Patent number: 7512997
    Abstract: In some embodiments an apparatus to hold shower curtains is disclosed. The apparatus includes a shower bar and mounting brackets. The mounting brackets are connected to at least one wall to receive the shower bar. The shower bar may be made of a flexible material that has a rectangular cross section and a rounded upper edge. The rectangular cross section enables the shower curtains to lay flat on the bar. The flexible material may enable the shower bar to be flexed during installation or to absorb contact from an object. Other embodiments are otherwise disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Inventor: John S. Dewees
  • Publication number: 20090083904
    Abstract: A shower curtain closure system cooperable with a shower curtain rod, the shower curtain and shower curtain liner each being of two piece construction, there being fitted over the shower curtain rod at its distal ends, an L-shaped bracket being U-shaped in cross section and having a plurality of depending finger hooks, one such bracket at one end of the shower curtain rod fixedly securing a portion of the shower curtain and shower curtain liner in fixed relationship with the shower or tub, the opposing bracket partially securing a second portion of the shower curtain and shower liner in fixedly relationship with the shower or tub, the opposing end of the second portion of the shower curtain and liner being secured to a U-shaped slidable bracket having depending finger hooks which is slidable on the shower curtain rod for engagement and disengagement with the first L-shaped bracket, thereby opening and closing the shower curtain and liner, the shower curtain and liner vertical hems having a plurality of magnet
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventor: Stewart A. Roston
  • Publication number: 20090020671
    Abstract: A fixing structure of a rod member for use in shower curtains comprises a holder, a connecting member and two cover pieces screwed at the end portions of the holder, wherein the holder includes a fixing groove formed therein and a gap, the width of which is less than the diameter of the fixing grove, arranged at one side thereof, and includes a connecting member axially disposed in the fixing groove thereof and having pivotal shafts mounted at two end portions thereof, and having an insertion notch for inserting a rod member therein secured on the outer peripheral surface thereof, and includes the cover pieces screwed at two end portions thereof and having axial opening in response to the pivotal shafts of the connecting member attached thereon, thereby utilizing the connecting member to fixing various types of rod members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Inventor: Ming-He Xu
  • Publication number: 20080229491
    Abstract: A shower curtain fastening strip comprises a substrate having first side and second side. A detachable fastening material is affixed on the first and or second side of the substrate. The shower curtain fastening strip is operatively coupled to a single shower hook.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventor: Donna Kim Gregory
  • Publication number: 20080201839
    Abstract: This invention is directed toward a shower curtain hanger, which can be produced economically and installed easily without assembly. The hanger is of a simple design that attaches rotably to the shower curtain rod with an elongated portion which pushes the shower curtain away from the user due to a weighted portion which hangs below the rod, on the tub side of the shower curtain. Because the device hangs directly from the shower curtain support rod it is simple to install, does not interfere with a user's ability to get into the shower and leave the tub quickly, and does not pose a danger should the user fall against the curtain or have to push his/her way out through the curtain. An alternate embodiment becomes the unified panel 80.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventor: Lowell A. Dalton
  • Publication number: 20080078018
    Abstract: A shower bar assembly that includes a pair of mounting brackets configured and arranged to be mounted to a wall of a shower stall is disclosed. Each of the mounting brackets has a base portion with a first shelf and a second shelf projecting from the base portion. The first and second shelves each have a retaining peg projecting from each shelf, respectively. A tubular shower bar is included and has two opposing ends. Each of the ends of the tubular shower bar has a pair of surfaces in which each defines an aperture through the tubular shower bar. Each end of the tubular shower bar is configured and arranged to slide onto the first and second shelves of the mounting brackets, with the apertures interlocking with each of the retaining pegs, respectively, to suspend the shower bar between the mounting brackets and to prevent the shower bar from rotating between the brackets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Applicant: KENNEY MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael Hanley, Leo E. LaBarre, Sally Voas
  • Patent number: 7350244
    Abstract: Apparatus (10) comprises a removable liner (12) for a shower curtain having a length of loop and hook fasteners (14) such as Velcro affixed to the hem. Additionally, the shower liner (12) comprises a valence-like top element 16 having reinforced eyelets (18) positioned longitudinally along the top side for the attachment of hooks (20) on rods (22) and a mating length of loop and hook fastener (24) positioned along the bottom side for mating to the removable liner (12). The loop and hook fasteners (14), (24) allow the user easy removal and reattachment of the shower liner from the valance-like element. In an alternate construction, the shower liner (12) comprises a removable liner for a shower curtain having a length of loop and hook fasteners (14), (24) affixed to both sides of the hem. The mating valance-like (16) element includes two layers of material. When attached to the valance-like element (16), the lower removable liner (12) is thus affixed on both the interior (30) and exterior (32) sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Inventor: Ana Handley
  • Patent number: 7346940
    Abstract: A shower curtain rod assembly includes a frame fixed on a wall and a connection member has a connection tube which has one end connected with an end of a rod and a pivotable member is connected to the other end of the connection tube. The pivotable member is pivotably connected to the frame so as to set the direction that the connection tube is orientated. A cover has a through hole through which the connection tube extends. The connection tube is adjustable to be connected with a curved rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: You Da Metal International Develop Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ying Feng Liao
  • Publication number: 20080047057
    Abstract: A shower curtain rod assembly including a shower curtain rod, a mount for mounting the shower curtain road on a first end thereof, and a moveable mount for mounting the shower curtain rod on a second end thereof. The shower curtain is moveable from a first position to a second position to increase the volume of space enclosed by the shower curtain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Publication date: February 28, 2008
    Inventor: Edward Ho
  • Patent number: 7328466
    Abstract: A splash guard includes a shield that deploys in one direction, such as horizontally, but that also can be moved in a transverse direction, such as vertically, relative to a housing upon deployment. The retractable shield is used in a bathtub environment to help form a short retractable vertical wall across the open side of the bathtub to help return splashed water to the bathtub. Methods of using a retractable splash guard are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Kidkusion, Inc.
    Inventor: Walter Lee Bowen
  • Publication number: 20080016613
    Abstract: An illuminated shower hook includes a hook body, power pack, and lighting element such as a light emitting diode, electro-luminescent element, chemical phosphor element, or light-absorbing element to provide pleasing illumination for bathroom activities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Publication date: January 24, 2008
    Inventor: Tseng-Lu Chien
  • Publication number: 20080010739
    Abstract: The shower curtain rod assembly is adapted to be mounted between opposing surfaces of a shower enclosure. The assembly includes a rod with a two-part arcuate main section extending between first and second spaced, substantially parallel side sections. First and second mounting brackets are provided to engage the side sections and to secure the side sections to the respective shower curtain surfaces. Each of the brackets includes a body defining channel means for removably receiving a side section and a plate for mounting the body to a shower enclosure surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2006
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Inventor: Charles Barrese
  • Publication number: 20070199143
    Abstract: A shower curtain which in use separates a user from a bather located in a bath or shower area comprises a curtain portion and at least one glove which is attached to or formed integrally with the curtain portion. Accordingly, the user can aid the bather through the glove while remaining separated from the bath or shower area by the curtain portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2006
    Publication date: August 30, 2007
    Inventors: Angeline M. Cunningham, Daniel P. Cunningham