Flexible Type Patents (Class 4/608)
  • Patent number: 10925427
    Abstract: A privacy curtain system comprises a curtain, the curtain having a top, a bottom, and two sides that are of greater length than the top and bottom. The curtain comprising a plurality of apertures near the top of the curtain. The privacy curtain system further comprises an installation system comprising a plurality of fasteners that each engage with one of the apertures in the curtain to support the curtain. The plurality of fasteners comprises at least one hook of a first type and at least one hook of a second type that is different than the first type. The privacy curtain system can be portably towed and installed across gaps in a bathroom stall independent of the configuration of the bathroom stall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: Lisa S. Lewis
  • Patent number: 10555644
    Abstract: A shower liner stay for holding a shower liner away from the showering area while a person is taking a shower. The shower liner stay includes one or more pensile wands to dangle on the dry ingress outside of a shower liner and adjacent the shower liner while dangling from existing hook(s) or curtain rod. Strategically affixed to a pensile wand are one or more graspers for grasping the delicate impermeable flexible surface of a shower liner for keeping the shower liner in place regardless of strong aerodynamic conditions during a shower. Customary and normal operation of the shower liner remains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: William J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9468342
    Abstract: A shower closure is provided for supporting the weight of a human adult in the event of a fall or to steady a person entering or exiting a shower. The shower closure contains a plurality of handles, straps, cords, rings, or loops extending above the planar surface of the shower closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Joan G. Kelly
  • Patent number: 9271592
    Abstract: An adjustable rod assembly includes first and second tubes having first and second arcuate portions, third and fourth tubes of generally straight configurations, first and second end supports, and a tension rod mechanism fixedly secured within the third tube. A first end of the first tube is telescopingly received within the third tube and a second end of the first tube is telescopingly received within the second tube. The third tube is rotatable relative to the first tube and is rotatably secured within the fourth tube. The fourth tube is secured to the first end support and the second tube is secured to the second end support. The tension rod mechanism rotates with the third tube and has a threaded portion configured to extend from an interior of the third tube to an interior of the first tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Zenith Products Corporation
    Inventors: Kaveh Didehvar, Joseph Webb, Alex Mikita
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150047118
    Abstract: An individual portable enclosure specifically designed to be used at a public beach shower. The enclosure hangs on the shower head stem of an outdoor post shower. The enclosure is made from a collapsible spiral spring steel frame, wrapped in lightweight plastic material. This product is specifically designed to be extremely light weight, carried on and off the beach in a small package and easily constructed for use with its spring steel design. By simply hanging the ā€œSā€ hook on the shower head stem, the enclosure stretches towards the ground. Its ease of use, simplistic lightweight construction provides immediate temporary cover for showering and changing out of a wet bathing suit. The two sewn in Velcro straps add stability to the invention when attached around the vertical shower post. Inside the open sphere are sewn in pockets to hold shampoo and soap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: John Christopher Bilyk, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140373267
    Abstract: A shower curtain and series of clips or hooks integral therewith. The clips are single pre-fabricated members including a lower/shower curtain portion and upper/hanger portion. The shower curtain portion retains a shower curtain while the hanger portion attaches to a shower curtain rod. The shower curtain portion may be square-shaped, rectangular or the like and may be received by, and substantially encapsulated by, an internal space defined by layers of shower curtain material at an upper edge thereof. The shower curtain portion is configured to fit onto a shower curtain rod. Advantageously, when attached to the shower curtain rod using the series of clips described herein, the shower curtain is substantially flat or flush relative to the shower curtain rod and/or the clips are concealed in part or completely from a position outside of the shower/bathtub. A shower curtain liner may be attached to the shower curtain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Scott Pierce
  • Publication number: 20140298581
    Abstract: A dual panel shower curtain (30) having an outer panel (32) and an inner panel (34) that may be partially attached to each other with heat welds (54) that are preferably arranged in a vertical grid pattern on an upper portion (72) of the dual panel shower curtain (30). Lower portions (74) of the outer panel (32) and the inner panel (34) are not attached to each other, thereby allowing the lower portions (74) of the outer panel (32) and the inner panel (34) to straddle the front wall (20) of the bathtub shower enclosure (10). An additional feature of the present invention is offset apertures (48) and/or offset heat welds (54) to create vertical channels (56) between the outer panel (32) and the inner panel (34) through which air can travel more freely.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas C. Chenoweth
  • Publication number: 20140289957
    Abstract: The invention disclosed herein relates to a storage device. The storage device has openable and closeable housing means which is suitably sized, shaped and adapted to accommodate at least one movable support means comprising an elongate member of a suitable size and shape to accommodate a curtain means. Said support means can be moved between at least two positions, a first collapsed position where the support means is housed in the housing means and an erected second position where said support means is positioned outside of said housing means in the latter position, the curtain means acts as a barrier. The curtain can hang from the support means. Additionally, the storage device includes moving means to urge the support means between the first and the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Charles Geoffrey Whittaker
  • 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: 8806670
    Abstract: A rotatable shower rod system may be provided. The system may include a pair of mounting brackets coupled to a wall, the pair of mounting brackets includes a stationary portion; a rotatable portion rotatably coupled to the stationary portion, the rotatable portion rotates to at least one of a first position and a second position about an axis of rotation; and a cover coupled to the stationary portion; and a curved rod extending between the pair of mounting brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Colleen O'Connell
  • Publication number: 20140130249
    Abstract: A curtain comprises a receptacle having an interior with an access. The access is sized to allow a hand-held technology device to be directed through the access into the interior. The access is positioned on one side of the curtain and has a closure positionable between an open position in which access into the interior is allowed and a closed position in which the access is sealed by the closure. The receptacle has a viewing panel with sufficient transparency to allow viewing into the interior of the receptacle. The viewing panel is located on a side of the curtain opposite the access, and a tab is formed on the side of the curtain opposite the access adjacent the viewing panel. A technology device may be placed in the receptacle and a touch screen display of a technology device may be viewed and operated through the viewing panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Focus Products Group International, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew L. Krumm, Michelle Stohl, William A. Bucklew
  • Publication number: 20130239318
    Abstract: A shower curtain has an inside sheet made of plastic with an attachment for attaching to a shower curtain rod and an inside sheet printed side having openings on an unprinted area. The opening density is at least ten per square centimeter. An outside sheet is substantially parallel to the inside sheet. A connection such as a thermal lamination is made between an inside layer top edge and an outside layer top edge. The outside sheet further includes an outside sheet printed side having a graphic print that has openings on an outside sheet unprinted area. The opening density is preferably at least ten per square centimeter. The openings are preferably less than 1 mm in diameter. The inside sheet is of a darker shade than the outside sheet, a gap between the inside sheet and the outside sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: Jason Kuan Min Wang
  • Publication number: 20130031716
    Abstract: In one aspect of the present invention, a shower chamber includes a flexible chamber barrier intermediate a ceiling assembly and a chamber floor. The flexible chamber barrier is configured to form a seal with the ceiling assembly to retain heat inside the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Michael Hall
  • Publication number: 20130031717
    Abstract: The system of the present application is directed towards a shower liner system including a plurality of layers, each of the plurality of layers including a top portion, the top portion of each of the plurality of layers having a plurality of attachment points, a bottom portion and a line of perforation separating the top portion and the bottom portion, wherein a bottom portion of each of the plurality of layers can be removed without removing the top portion, and wherein the upper portion of each of the plurality of layers are fastened together. The method of the present application is directed towards a method of using a shower liner system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventors: Denise Roland, Patricia Murphy, Janice Roland, Vincent Vaccaro
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20120227179
    Abstract: A shower water retainer is provided that can include (1) a shower curtain/liner having a lower shaped region; (2) a shower curtain/liner having a lower shaped flap; and/or (3) a shower curtain/liner having a lower shaped region and also having a lower shaped flap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Beyda
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 8069508
    Abstract: A rotatable shower rod system may be provided. The system may include a pair of mounting brackets coupled to a wall, the pair of mounting brackets includes a stationary portion; a rotatable portion rotatably coupled to the stationary portion, the rotatable portion rotates to at least one of a first position and a second position about an axis of rotation; and a cover coupled to the stationary portion; and a curved rod extending between the pair of mounting brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventor: Colleen O'Connell
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20110113547
    Abstract: A rotatable shower rod system may be provided. The system may include a pair of mounting brackets coupled to a wall, the pair of mounting brackets includes a stationary portion; a rotatable portion rotatably coupled to the stationary portion, the rotatable portion rotates to at least one of a first position and a second position about an axis of rotation; and a cover coupled to the stationary portion; and a curved rod extending between the pair of mounting brackets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: Colleen O'CONNELL
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20090089927
    Abstract: A shower curtain with multiple V-shaped slits in the middle portion and fast drying mesh material making up the bottom portion. The slits allow air to go through the curtain, preventing the curtain from shifting. The lower part of the curtain that hangs in the tub is made of fast drying mesh to reduce the ability of mold to grow upon. The user therefore enjoys a cleaner shower experience because of the lack of body contact with the shower curtain and the reduction of mold growth on the shower curtain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2007
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Inventors: Janet Li, Emily Sun
  • 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: 20090083905
    Abstract: A rotatable shower rod system may be provided. The system may include a pair of mounting brackets coupled to a wall, the pair of mounting brackets includes a stationary portion; a rotatable portion rotatably coupled to the stationary portion, the rotatable portion rotates to at least one of a first position and a second position about an axis of rotation; and a cover coupled to the stationary portion; and a curved rod extending between the pair of mounting brackets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventor: Colleen O'Connell
  • Publication number: 20090056010
    Abstract: A shower expander assembly is provided for use with a shower area having a curtain. The assembly has a coupling for connecting the assembly to a shower curtain rod. The assembly also has a pair of rods. A first rod is connected to the coupling and extends from the coupling. The first rod has a first end and a second end, and the first rod is connected to the coupling at the first end. A second rod is pivotally connected to the second end of the first rod. The second rod is movable between a storage position and a use position. The second rod is configured such that in the storage position the second rod is substantially parallel to the first rod and in the use position the second rod is not substantially parallel to the first rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventor: John Jankiewicz
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7392551
    Abstract: A bathing enclosure has a wall arrangement which supports one or more hanging accessories, such as a towel hook, soap dish and bottle rack. Multiple wall sections are mounted so that their top and bottom edges are spaced apart to create a lateral gap therebetween. The gap permits a hanger end of the accessories to fit up and over the upper edges of the wall sections. The accessories can be slid horizontally in the gap and either extend to the inside or outside of the enclosure. Preferably, adjacent wall sections overlap vertically and tilt backward toward the inside of the enclosure from top to bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Jason T. Lanius
  • 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: 7024706
    Abstract: A shower curtain rod and holding devices provide for a shower area to be covered on a plurality of sides by an associated shower curtain to prevent shower water from escaping. The shower curtain rod is non-linear and is mounted at distal ends to walls of the shower area at least one-third of a total shower depth from a front of the shower. The holding devices have mounting portions that can be attached to walls in a variety of ways. A method of preventing water from escaping from the shower implements the rod and holding devices. A method of installing the rod and holding devices is easy and requires few steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Fiber Care Baths, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen W. Hess
  • Patent number: 6996862
    Abstract: A shower curtain deflector can be produced economically and installed easily without assembly. The deflector 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 counterweighted portion which hangs 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. A user only need use two units to effectively restrain the shower curtain. Because the device is small and simple, it is inexpensive and easy to manufacture and package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventors: Joseph Shippy, John Shippy
  • Patent number: 6845525
    Abstract: A shower expander assembly for a shower stall having an access opening includes a flexible plate on a shower curtain. The flexible plate has a flexible line connected to a center portion of the plate. At the opposing end of the flexible line is a ring or loop for hooking over a hook secured to an opposing wall outside of the shower stall. When the ring or loop is pulled away from the access opening and connected to the hook, the shower curtain bows outwardly to increase the usable space in the shower stall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Inventor: David B. Bathurst
  • Patent number: 6789279
    Abstract: A long rod that has a hanging hook at one end is attached to the leading vertical edge of the inner shower curtain or shower curtain liner and is hung on a hook located at shower curtain rod height inside the shower or bath/shower enclosure or attached to a wall mounted upper rod clip. Snugging the bottom of the device to a horizontally aligned hook or attached to a clip near the bottom of its length completes the splash water seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventor: Amel David Yarid
  • Publication number: 20040128754
    Abstract: A shower expander assembly for a shower stall having an access opening includes a flexible plate on a shower curtain. The flexible plate has a flexible line connected to a center portion of the plate. At the opposing end of the flexible line is a ring or loop for hooking over a hook secured to an opposing wall outside of the shower stall. When the ring or loop is pulled away from the access opening and connected to the hook, the shower curtain bows outwardly to increase the usable space in the shower stall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2003
    Publication date: July 8, 2004
    Inventor: David B. Bathurst
  • Patent number: 6694538
    Abstract: A portable toilet enclosure assembly for providing privacy for users of portable toilets which may be positioned in the open. The portable toilet enclosure assembly includes a base assembly including a support base, and also including wheels upon which the support base is mounted; and also includes a height adjustable pole assembly being mounted upon the support base; and further includes a curtain support assembly including a bracket being attached to the height adjustable pole assembly, and also including tubular curtain rod support member being pivotally attached to the bracket, and further including a curtain rod being adjustably attached to the tubular curtain rod support member, and also including curtain hangers being movably mounted upon the curtain rod; and also includes a curtain being attached to and depending from the curtain hangers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventor: Beatrice Jones
  • Patent number: 6550525
    Abstract: A shower curtain has a bottom hem that forms a closed pocket. Sand is contained in the closed pocket and provides weight to the shower curtain so the curtain does not blow away from the side of a tub during a shower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Inventor: Doreen A. Grisolia
  • Publication number: 20030070221
    Abstract: A method of advertising in a shower for the hospitality industry including providing replaceable advertisements on a shower closure, for example a door, curtain or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2000
    Publication date: April 17, 2003
    Inventors: Shaul Goldenberg, Sean Davies
  • Patent number: 6546571
    Abstract: The header is heat sealed along the top of one side of the liner body with both ends extending beyond the edges of the liner body. The ends of the header are folded around the edges of the liner body to a position parallel to the other side of the liner and heat sealed. Grommets are mounted through the liner and header portions such that the hook receiving openings at the corners of the liner are re-enforced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Ex-Cell Home Fashions, Inc.
    Inventor: David Samelson
  • Publication number: 20030033667
    Abstract: A sealing structure for use with a shower screen, the sealing structure including a pair of sealing components for providing a sealing structure between the shower screen side edges and adjacent shower booth walls. The shower structure includes a pair of sealing components each of which defines first and second sealing sections. A first sealing section is attached to a corresponding shower booth wall while a second sealing section is mounted in sealing engagement with the corresponding side edge of the shower curtain. The first-to-second sealing section attachment structure allows for attachment of the first and second sealing sections together while allowing relative movement between the first and second sealing sections. In term, the relative movement allows for adjustment of an edge distance between the edges of the second sealing section in contact with the side edges of the shower curtain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2002
    Publication date: February 20, 2003
    Inventor: Sylvain Lachance
  • Patent number: 6510566
    Abstract: A shower curtain closure for closing off a vertical side edge of the curtain against a wall of the shower stall comprises a length of extruded plastic tubing that can be cut to a preferred length, a tube support ring for suspending the tube on the curtain rod, and an elongate vertically oriented wall receptacle into which the tube matingly fits. The tube is passed through a sleeve along the side of the curtain and is suspended from the curtain support rod by a ring connected to the upper end of the tubing and passing over the shower curtain rod. The wall receptacle is made of extruded plastics material that can be cut to length and is adhesively mountable on a wall of the shower enclosure. The receptacle is provided with a channel shaped to releasably secure the shower curtain sleeve with the tube therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Inventor: Thomas W. Bryce