Drainboard, Rack, Or Tray Patents (Class 4/656)
  • Patent number: 10028636
    Abstract: A fluid flow structure for a washing machine is located within a wash tank of the washing machine, which includes a fluid flow guide surface, and a support for the guide surface. The guide surface includes at least one region contoured inconsistently from the contour of at least one corresponding wall of the washing machine wash tank. The contour of the guide surface is generally curved so as to aide in reducing and/or preventing the pinning of items that often occurs in rectangular wash tanks of the prior art. The support for the guide surface creates a gap between the guide surface and at least one wall of the washing machine wash tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Unified Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Cantrell, Mark Churchill, David Robert Gast, Michael P. Licata, Joshua H. Huisenga, John McCreight, Bryon J. London
  • Patent number: 9574333
    Abstract: A sink system includes a sink basin. The sink basin includes a bottom surface having a drain; one or more walls extending upward from the bottom surface; one or more ledges formed on at least one wall; and one or more sink accessories configured to be removably and slidably positioned on at least one of the one or more ledges, each of the one or more sink accessories being sized and shaped to fit within the sink basin. The one or more sink accessories are configured to assist with one or more tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Sarah O'Brien, Terrence K. Mahon, Ryan R. Detlaff
  • Patent number: 9469518
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for collecting drips from a spout on a beverage dispenser has a table top base that is held in place by the weight of a beverage dispenser. The table top base supports a drip catch reservoir, and drips hit a back plate with guides before washing into the drip catch reservoir. The drip catch reservoir has an outlet allowing drainage into a disposal tank without moving the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Keith L. Davis
  • Publication number: 20140366263
    Abstract: Sinks have a basin and associated lid to open and close the basin based on desired function. The lid is useable as a counter space and concealer for sink internals. The lid can be moved in a variety of ways based on desired function, potentially without need for external attachment, structure, and/or volume for lid function. The lid may be configured to match surrounding surfaces both functionally and aesthetically. Sinks are useable with drains, hinges and other attaching joints, faucets or other water sources, countertops alongside the sink, holes and other drains in lids to permit wetbar and counter usage in a closed position, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Clifford E. Thompson, Clifford R. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20140259377
    Abstract: A sink accessory comprising a wire-form attachment structure and a supporting structure. The wire-form attachment structure is configured to be secured to a section of a divider of the sink to support the sink accessory. The attachment structure includes a base, a first leg, and a second leg spaced apart from the first leg. The supporting structure is coupled to and extends from one of the first and second legs. The supporting structure is also configured to extend offset from and adjacent to the divider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Niels J. Eilmus, Jason R. Miller
  • Patent number: 8801926
    Abstract: A colander assembly having a base member and a basket device removeably connectable to the base member. The basket device includes a bottom wall, a front wall, a rear wall, and first and second sidewalls forming a basket or storage area, wherein the bottom wall and first and second sidewalls are positionable between a storage position and an extended or use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Todd Housley
  • Patent number: 8296876
    Abstract: A sink organizer includes a section defining a compartment having an extendable, collapsible and/or expandable base that provides a deeper holding section with an extended base to support a long slender shaped item, such as a long-handle brush. The expandable base has a telescopic structure, which may be in the form of an accordion-like structure having annular folding sections or other form of axially collapsible or telescopic structure (e.g., a concentric coupling of a series of nested and axially interlocking cylindrical collars of gradually reducing dimensions). Suction cups provide mounting of the sink organizer onto a sink wall. A bracket is attached to the side of the sink organizer where the suction cup mounting is also provided. The bracket has a handle, which is configured to rest against the top edge of the sink, thus providing additional support for stabilizing the sink organizer after it is attached to the sink wall by the suction cups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Simplehuman LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Tzu-Hao Wei, Di-Fong Chang, Joseph Sandor
  • Patent number: 8087108
    Abstract: A sink protector is provided that includes a frame defining a frame opening, and a grate supported by the frame. The grate includes a first grate section and a second grate section, each having a perimeter and a plurality of wires extending across each grate section to provide structure for supporting various items to be deposited in a sink. The grate is sufficiently porous to allow the unobstructed passage of water and food particles therethrough. The grate sections are pivotally connected such that at least one of the grate sections pivots about the other grate section to allow unencumbered access to the sink drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: Joy Burns, Sarah Rosenbach, Randall Lewis, Brad Cracchiola
  • Patent number: 7992235
    Abstract: A utility sink system is disclosed comprising a sink and a bucket. The sink has a basin extending from an upper edge to a drain. The bucket has walls extending to a lip and has at least one opening formed therein. The lip is configured to contact the upper edge of the basin such that the bucket is suspended in the basin. The at least one opening of the bucket, in addition to facilitating handling, may provide a form of overflow when the bucket is suspended in the basin of the sink, such that the at least one opening places an interior volume of the bucket and the basin of the sink in communication with one another. Further, the at least one opening of the bucket may provide a pouring spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Shawn J. Booth
  • Patent number: 7854030
    Abstract: A utility tub is provided with a sink area having support surfaces for removably supporting a tray. The tray may hold items that are drying. In addition, the utility tub may be provided with an enlarged area for supporting other items, and various accessories such as a towel rack or towel pegs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: American Shower and Bath
    Inventors: Chia Ying Lee, Victor Hoernig
  • Patent number: 7735661
    Abstract: An adjustable kitchen draining rack for spanning across a sink basin and supporting a plurality of cooking receptacles that contain hot or cold flowable oils and/or greases, and allowing said cooking receptacles to safely and efficiently drain into a disposable collection receptacle thus preventing said oils and/or greases from entering sink basin drain systems and avoiding costly sink drain and piping clogs, costly clogging and damage to public sewer systems and equipment, and harm to the environment, while reducing water and energy consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventors: Wallace Maurice Sumner, Marsha Lueth Sumner
  • Patent number: 7568239
    Abstract: The subject matter of the application is a sink accessory (e.g. a cutting board) that can be placed on a sink and a sink that is provided with a sink accessory of this type. Hereby, the periphery of the sink accessory comprises two differently spaced bearing surfaces which lie at different heights with respect to the surface of the sink accessory. In this way it is possible for one and the same sink accessory to be selectively placed on different supporting surfaces of the same sink, on the supporting surfaces of different sinks or on the supporting surface of another sink accessory (e.g. a strainer). In dependence on the geometry thereby, only the first bearing surface is in contact with the sink in a first position, whereas the second bearing surface is used as a contact area in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: BLANCO GmbH + Co KG
    Inventors: Gert Spruner von Mertz, Frank Merkel, Hans-Joachim Schreiber
  • Patent number: 7267238
    Abstract: A dish rack has a collector tray that has a compartment. A retaining block is seated in the compartment for holding knives or other utensils having sharp edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: Simplehuman LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Tzu-Hao Wei, Joseph Sandor
  • Patent number: 7207074
    Abstract: A dish drying rack system includes a sink and drain basin extending through a peripheral wall of the sink. A drain panel is positioned over the drain basin. The drain panel has a plurality of holes extending therethrough. Each of plurality of legs is attached to and extends downwardly from a loop member. The legs are positioned on the loop member so that each of the legs extends through one of the holes. A locking assembly is adapted for releasably locking each of the free ends in a position adjacent to a bottom surface of the drain panel so that the legs extend upwardly from the drain panel. A plurality of rods is attached to and traverses the loop member. Plates are selectively positioned within the loop member and vertically supported thereby when each of the free ends is in a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventor: Kim C. Stewart
  • Patent number: 7086099
    Abstract: A cover positioned over a sink to provide a temporary work surface. The cover includes an upper surface and a bottom surface. The bottom surface has a plurality of integral support ribs. The bottom surface also has an integral hook for hanging the cover from the side of the sink for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Etcon Corp.
    Inventor: Joseph A. Rocci
  • Patent number: 6543069
    Abstract: An extendible dish drain rack comprising a plurality of bases designed to assemble in a particular sequence; the front of the second and each subsequent base designed to overlap the rear of the preceding base with a short overlap. A lip for overlapping a sink is provided at the front of the first. A first fastener is located at the front of each second and subsequent base. A second fastener is located at each rear. The fasteners are designed to mate with each other, prevent slippage and allow for disassembly of the bases. Each base also incorporates a device for inclining the bases. This creates an angle of inclination in the assembly sufficient to efficiently drain water. There are typical supports for supporting dishes in a water draining configuration on the top surface of each base. Preferably the device for inclining the bases is a foot or leg located under the rear of each base. Preferably one fastener is a slot and the second fastener is a tab which loosely fit to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Inventor: Annie L. Nelson
  • Patent number: 6427259
    Abstract: The invention is a portable sink with a lid that is capable of being connected to an existing water supply, such as an outdoor hose or faucet, such that running water can be provided inside the sink in an outdoor environment. The sink preferably has features that make it easy to use in any outdoor environment, such as folding legs, an adjustable spigot, a spray nozzle, a storage drawer, a shelf, a large drain, a funnel, a strainer for the drain, cutting boards, baskets, etc. The lid also enables the sink to be used as a container for storing items during travel. In this respect, the sink can be made of an insulating material so that it can double as an ice chest when desired. A pressurized water tank can be provided which is preferably sized to fit inside the sink and adapted to supply water where no other water supply is available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Cawthon Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Stuart Cawthon
  • Patent number: 6309035
    Abstract: A cutting board and countertop are correspondingly constructed to enable the cutting board to be supported upon the countertop in multiple, varying height positions. The countertop preferably includes a main, substantially planar work surface provided with a frontal, upstanding lip, as well as at least one ledge provided at a position spaced across the work surface from the lip. The cutting board is generally constituted by substantially planar member having support elements provided on opposing, terminal side portions. In a first height position, the cutting board is arranged against both the lip and the ledge. In the second height position, the cutting board is inverted and positioned against the frontal lip and upon the ledge. In either position, the cutting board can readily slide along the countertop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: Michael T. Lye, Jeremy C. Howard, John P. Flannery, Sage N. Baker, Luke N. Michas, Christopher Raia, Gaynor Field, George G. Brin, Jr., Marc S. Harrison, Jane K. Langmuir
  • Patent number: 6212708
    Abstract: A faucet splash guard and storage unit comprising a rear wall. A right side wall is affixed to and extends at a right angle outwardly from a first side edge of the rear wall. A left side wall is affixed to and extends at a right angle outwardly from a second side edge of the rear wall. A top wall is affixed to and extends between top edges of the rear wall, the right side wall, and the left side wall. A fastener disposed to encircle the faucet is mounted to the rear wall. The faucet splash guard and storage unit will stand and extend over a faucet and bowl of a kitchen sink, to protect surrounding areas about the faucet and the bowl from splash water and keep the areas clean and dry. The top wall provides extra shelf room for other articles needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Inventor: Azanaw Mulaw
  • Patent number: 5815855
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a sink cover designed primarily for double sinks comprising a planar, substantially rectangular cover member having four peripheral edges, a bottom surface, a top surface and a plurality of recesses on the top and bottom surfaces. The recesses on one side receive conductive thawing plates while the other recesses receive microwaveable gel packs which engage the thawing plates. Frozen foods may then be placed onto the heated thawing plates to facilitate thawing. The cover member also has an aperture for receiving a hose which may be removably attached to a faucet so that water leaking therefrom will drip directly into the sink bypassing the cover member. A rubber gasket is disposed on the bottom surface of the cover member proximal its peripheral edges to provide a water tight seal when the device is placed over a sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Inventors: James H. McKeehan, Shirley McKeehan
  • Patent number: 5715547
    Abstract: A laundry basin that includes a laundry basin body having a plurality of walls secured to a base and a plurality of legs secured to the body. A towel rack, a removable shelf and a removable soap dish are secured to the laundry basin body. The shelf includes a support member having brackets extending upwardly therefrom. The brackets define recesses that are adapted to receive portions of the laundry basin body. The soap dish includes a three-sided structure secured to a perforated bottom wall that defines an open side wall at an open top. The open side wall is positioned adjacent a laundry basin side wall to define an open topped receptacle adapted to receive a bottle of liquid soap. The towel rack is pivotally secured to the laundry basin body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Assignee: Zurn Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen R. Becker, Michael A. Funari, Donald A. Kubiak, Alex P. Marini
  • Patent number: 5406656
    Abstract: A sanitary attractive sink cover/cutting board for recreational vehicles having adjustable feet for universal fit and available in decorator colors, adding work space, cutting surface, sink concealment, and complementing decor of the RV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Assignee: CAMCO Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael G. Somerton
  • Patent number: 5279007
    Abstract: A web protection system for a sink having at least first and second sink basins separated by a partition wall with the partition wall having an upper horizontal surface. The system includes an elongated web protector having a U-shaped cross-section which fits over and protects the partition wall. A colander having a pocket to hang over the partition wall is also provided. The colander can be used with the web protector or a separate adapter to fit properly over the partition wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1994
    Assignee: American Standard Inc.
    Inventor: Paul P. Kolada
  • Patent number: 5105485
    Abstract: The present invention provides a drainboard for draining excess water from wet kitchenware into a sink set into a countertop in alternate corner and conventional installations. The drainboard preferably comprises an essentially planar member having a major portion and a sidewall portion to collect excess water on the top surface of the major portion. The planar member is pivoted about the drain and located on opposite transverse sides of the sink with the drain positioned over the sink. The outer periphery of the planar member, preferably formed by the sidewall portion, divides the planar member into a rear section and an essentially triangular front section having a pair of opposed front sides swept back from the drain to the rear section, preferably at an angle of about 90 degrees, to minimize the obstruction of the sink when the drain is positioned over the sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1992
    Inventor: Augustine Sciabarassi
  • Patent number: 4884714
    Abstract: A releasably securable utility rack is disclosed. The rack can be releasably affixed through suction cups or magnets, alongside a sink, or any other convenient location, to guide run-off water or other liquids, through an appropriately-sized and shaped lip-extension, into the sink. Various attachments to the rack can provide, for example, dish holding means to contain dishes, or a cutting surface to prepare food on. The rack may be made from either a rubber-coated base or a similar material, such as extruded plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1989
    Inventor: James B. Bechtel
  • Patent number: 4854537
    Abstract: A platform for a dish rack (or separate dishes) wherein a leveling plate is used as a support surface. Water drains from the dishes through holes in the leveling plate, then onto a sloped floor within the platform. The floor is raised above the lower edge of the platform to provide clearance with respect to the rim area of a kitchen sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Inventor: Barry P. Welch
  • Patent number: 4813087
    Abstract: To provide a single structured sink unit in which, selectively, household refuse can be separated into garbage (which is biodegradable) and trash (which is not biodegradable), the sink unit is formed with two aligned openings (4, 5) positioned front-to-back. The second opening may have, selectively, a refuse chute (11) inserted therein or a basket (12), for example for cleaning supplies or the like. The openings are alignable with either separate refuse containers (9, 10) or a single container which is compartmentalized, for selective placement of separated trash and garbage or for unseparated refuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1989
    Assignee: Niro-Plan AG
    Inventors: Adolf Sperka, Wolfgang Kemmerling
  • Patent number: 4589150
    Abstract: The present invention provides a reversible drainboard that can be used on either side of a corner sink installation. In such an installation, the sink is installed in the corner formed by a pair of orthogonally connected kitchen counters at a 45 degree angle to the lengthwise sides of the counters. The drainboard has a planar member bounded by a lengthwise, tapered sidewall having a maximum height greater than the thickness of the planar member. The planar member has an oblique front edge that forms an angle of 135 degrees with a datum line parallel to the length thereof. The drainboard is operable to be reversed between positions on either side of the sink with the oblique front edge thereof in an overlying and parallel relationship with either of the sides of the sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1986
    Inventor: Augustine Sciabarassi
  • Patent number: 4525882
    Abstract: A bath-tub tray has arranged on the inner surfaces of its longitudinally extending walls (3,4) grooves (e.g. 11,12) intended to receive a clamping plate (19), having a lower part (21) arranged to be inserted through a slot (17) in the bottom (2) of the tray and to clamp against the inner surface of the bath-tub. Preferably, both end portions of the tray (1) are provided with grooves, slots and clamping plates, although it is possible to provide one end of the tray with a permanently fixed, resilient plate which projects from the bottom (2) of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1985
    Inventor: Inga E. Stenberg
  • Patent number: 4480343
    Abstract: The board consists of a planar member having first and second surfaces. The first surface, upon which a dish rack may be placed, is supported by legs at an incline and is provided with upwardly extending protrusions designed to engage the dish rack to prevent same from slipping along the first surface. The effective length of the support legs can be altered to change the incline. Other protrusions extending from the first surface cooperate with upstanding walls to retain utensils. The second surface functions as a cutting board and is supported at an incline, in part, by the dish rack engaging protrusions. Upstanding parallel ribs form a horizontal platform above one of the surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1984
    Inventor: Edward Drach
  • Patent number: 4423529
    Abstract: The device is designed to be mounted at the rear of the sink. A surface, supported at an incline towards the sink, has a recess adapted tor receive a single control-type faucet such that the device extends behind and around the faucet. The front portion of the device extends into the interior of this sink. Structure for mounting various kitchen articles are mounted on the surface. Drainage ports are provided in the surface to permit drainage into the sink. A movable towel rod is mounted to the device. Provision is made to accommodate a spray nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1984
    Inventor: Edward Drach
  • Patent number: 4351073
    Abstract: A safety net for use with a lavatory to catch small items inadvertently dropped into the lavatory. The safety net includes a piece of net material sized to extend completely across the lavatory bowl in both directions and to allow the net material to conform somewhat to the bowl. Rather rigid end pieces are fixed to the net material to hold the net in place. The end pieces may be hinged to allow the safety net to be folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1982
    Assignee: Nemo Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Norman E. Elsas
  • Patent number: 4316296
    Abstract: A shelf attachable to wash basins is disclosed. The shelf comprises a planar horizontal surface overlaying a rim of the basin with a bowl engaging wall integral with an inner edge of the horizontal surface which abuts the surface of the bowl. A downward and inward extending wall integral with an outer edge of the horizontal surface engages an apron of the bowl. A clip is employed to attach the downward and inward extending wall to the apron. The clip includes a first leg integral with a bottom edge of the downward and inward extending wall abutting the apron and a second leg spaced from the first leg to snugly engage the apron between the legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1982
    Inventor: Vincent M. Lubin
  • Patent number: D725246
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Paul DiPirro
  • Patent number: D729359
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: MSA Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin Snider