Automotive Vehicle Carried Patents (Class 40/591)
  • Patent number: 10960722
    Abstract: The present invention is for a tow hitch insert assembly that allows for natural dangling and swinging motion of an elongated member from a trailer hitch. The elongated member can be of a variety of shapes and in one version is a replica of testicles. The elongated member is coupled to an insert tube main body by a rod that extends through the tow hitch insert assembly. Surrounding the rod are springs on each side, sandwiching the elongated member, which allows for oscillation of the elongated member within the tow hitch insert assembly. In another version, the elongated member is secured via a slotted plate, and the elongated member has a spheroid top wider than the slot of the slotted plate, which permits the elongated member to slide and rotate within the tow hitch insert assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Brian Shin
  • Patent number: 10907341
    Abstract: A magnetic strut channel fitting includes first and second plates connected to each other and a plurality of magnets embedded into at least one of the first and second plates. According to another embodiment of the present invention, a magnetic strut channel fitting includes a substantially flat plate and a plurality of magnets embedded into the plate. According to yet another embodiment of the present invention, a magnetic strut channel fitting includes a substantially flat connecting plate, first and second arm members, each of the first and second arm members having a vertical plate and a horizontal plate, and a plurality of magnets, the plurality of magnets embedded into the connecting plate to allow the magnetic strut channel fitting to be magnetically adhere to a strut channel. The plurality of magnets allow the magnetic strut channel fitting to be magnetically adhered to a strut channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Daniel P. Edwards, Shaun M. Brannen
  • Patent number: 10877566
    Abstract: A method for the interactive presentation of content on an exterior surface of a transportation vehicle, wherein the transportation vehicle has a capture device and a display device. The capture device detects when a person approaches the transportation vehicle; switches the display device from an inactive state to an active state when an approach is detected; recognizes gestures of the person; and alters the presented content of the display device based on the gestures of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Bernd Ette, Sebastian Jäckl
  • Patent number: 10818154
    Abstract: A vehicle-mountable child protective device including a housing which is mountable onto a door of a vehicle and including a first housing portion, which is at least partially located within the vehicle when the device is mounted onto the vehicle and during device operation, and a second housing portion, which is at least partially located outside the vehicle when the device is mounted onto the vehicle and during device operation, a flag which is rotatably mounted via a flagpole onto the first housing portion and a flag positioning assembly at least partially within the first housing portion for automatically rotating the flag to a raised position outside of and above the vehicle upon opening of the door of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: BABY FLAG LTD.
    Inventor: Gideon Copperman
  • Patent number: 10777061
    Abstract: A vehicle-mountable child protective device including a housing which is mountable onto a door of a vehicle and including a first housing portion, which is at least partially located within the vehicle when the device is mounted onto the vehicle and during device operation, and a second housing portion, which is at least partially located outside the vehicle when the device is mounted onto the vehicle and during device operation, a flag which is rotatably mounted via a flagpole onto the first housing portion and a flag positioning assembly at least partially within the first housing portion for automatically rotating the flag to a raised position outside of and above the vehicle upon opening of the door of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: BABY FLAG LTD.
    Inventor: Gideon Copperman
  • Patent number: 10777105
    Abstract: A vehicle is a movable body capable of traveling in a driver-operated mode and traveling in a driverless mode, and includes an advertisement display device and a controller. The advertisement display device is configured to switch between a first state to provide an advertisement outside of the vehicle and a second state to provide no advertisement outside of the vehicle. The controller is configured to control the advertisement display device to enter the first state during traveling in the driverless mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Kagawa, Naomi Kataoka, Toshiaki Niwa, Yasuhiro Baba, Katsuhiko Yourou
  • Patent number: 10636335
    Abstract: Portable display systems, devices, and methods are disclosed. A portable display device can be attached to a moving object such as a vehicle and can include one or more digital displays for displaying images. A portable display device can communicate with external devices and display images based on the geographic location of the portable display device. The portable display device may also have several moving components for moving the digital displays between an upright position and a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventors: Ildikó Kis-Benedek Pinero, Gyula Kis-Benedek
  • Patent number: 10529257
    Abstract: Marking panels for the identification of field personnel can include (i) a first side, (ii) a second side transverse to the first side and intersecting the first side at a junction, (iii) a front surface at least partially defined by the first and second sides and which includes an insignia, (iv) a rear surface opposite the front surface and at least partially defined by the first and second sides and which includes an optical enhancer attachment site, and (v) a first multi-modal anchoring mechanism disposed proximate the junction of the first and second sides. The first multi-modal anchoring mechanism can include a pocket; a fixed loop, and a selectively attachable loop. The pocket can contain a magnet for selectively affixing the marking panel to a ferromagnetic object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: RE FACTOR TACTICAL, LLC.
    Inventor: Luke Quinn Peelgrane
  • Patent number: 10518721
    Abstract: A bracket for holding a license plate to a vehicle having an air grille with vertical posts comprises a license plate frame. Two leg member are each fixed with a lower edge of the frame and terminate with an elongated foot that has a distal end that engages one of the vertical posts. The leg members each include an elongated arm that has a proximal end rotatably fixed with the leg member and a distal end that has a lateral slot for receiving the vertical post therein. During installation, the foot and the arm of the leg members are inserted into the air intake grille to engage one of the vertical posts, and the arm thereafter is rotated until the lateral slot engages the vertical post to secure the bracket to the vehicle. Each leg member further includes a lock for securing the arm from relative rotational movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventors: Chad Louis Nowakowski, Cristi Michelle Nowakowski
  • Patent number: 10482797
    Abstract: A device for displaying a document comprises a front transparent planar sheet and a rear planar sheet, each sheet having three edges that are coterminous with and permanently affixed to a corresponding edge of the other sheet, thereby forming an envelope having three sealed edges and an open end; an adhesive strip affixed to either the front sheet or the rear sheet and positioned across the open end between the front and rear sheets to selectively seal the open end; and a protective strip removably affixed to the adhesive strip to prevent the open end from sealing when the protective strip is in place on the adhesive strip and to enable the open end to be sealed when the protective strip is removed from the adhesive strip. When the protective strip is removed from the adhesive strip and the open end is sealed, the device is waterproof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: ACCELERATED PRODUCTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Tawes, Joel Tawes, Anthony Stile, Britt Hawrylak, Matthew Hawrylak, Ray M. Hawrylak, Joseph Cagle, Benjamin L. Brown
  • Patent number: 10458451
    Abstract: A display clip and mounting system for securely mounting an object to a surface having outwardly extending edge. The display clip has a section that engages the outwardly extending edge and a section that engages the object to hold the object to the display clip. The edge engaging section has a base with a hook that engages the outwardly extending edge. The object engaging section has an engaging member with an outwardly projecting member that extends generally perpendicularly from a back panel, an engaging cap that engages the projecting member and a mounting strap that connects the cap to the projecting member. The cap tightly engages the projecting member to prevent inadvertent unlocking of the display clip. The base has a plurality of interconnected positioning apertures that receive the projecting member to allow the user to adjust the location of the projecting member for different sizes of objects and surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Ubaldo Garza
  • Patent number: 10216196
    Abstract: A method comprising accessing sensor data from one or more autonomous escort vehicles in a convoy moving along a route, detecting based on the sensor data, an environmental vehicle along or in proximity to the route of the convoy, determining based on the sensor data and movement of the convoy, that the environmental vehicle should be prevented from interfering with the movement of the convoy, identifying a particular autonomous escort vehicle that is available to modify its position to prevent the environmental vehicle from interfering with the movement of the convoy, generating instructions for the autonomous escort vehicle to modify its position to prevent the environmental vehicle from interfering with the movement of the convoy along the route, and causing the instructions to be communicated to and executed by the autonomous escort vehicle to modify its position to prevent the environmental vehicle from interfering with the movement of the convoy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Prosper Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Danaher Harvey
  • Patent number: 10121396
    Abstract: A LED billboard system that is adapted to mount to pre-existing or future billboard structures such that when the LED panels are switched on, the LED billboard can be illuminated from behind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Metromedia Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis Taylor, Matthew Hanson, William Ishida, Sam Shaprio, Michael Kakoyiannis
  • Patent number: 10104788
    Abstract: A display device includes a first housing, a second housing rotatably connected to the first housing, and a first display panel disposed over the first housing and the second housing. An edge of the first display panel may be bent along at least a portion of at least one of an edge of the first housing and an edge of the second housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinhwan Choi, Taewoong Kim, Boik Park, Taean Seo
  • Patent number: 10026199
    Abstract: A system to display an image on a vehicle window including a memory, controller, transceiver, external display, sensor, and a plurality of windows. The memory includes one or more executable instructions. The controller is configured to execute the instructions. The transceiver can receive data transmissions. The external display is configured to exhibit an image on the windows, the exhibited image being visible in the external vehicle environment. The sensor measures a selected target being in the vehicle environment. The sensor signally communicates target measurement. The instructions enable the controller to: receive the data transmission with digital image information; operate the sensor to make at least one target measurement of the selected target; receive the target measurement signal; determine the location of the selected target; determine the window to be closest to the selected target; and operate the external display to exhibit a representative image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Todd P. Lindemann, Antonio R. Vittorini, Georges H. Tamer
  • Patent number: 9934710
    Abstract: Advertising is an important part of communication in a Society. People simply wish to inform others about the information they have and want to spread. At present many techniques are used for doing so. One of such methods is to place the information on the top of the cars or to attach to the cars, such as a bumper sticks. However, this method has a disadvantage, that the process of attachment to the top of the cars is difficult and needs hardware which are expensive, also there is another problem, when a flat sheet of information is attached to the sides of the holding means on the top of the car it would resist against the movement of the air and waste the energy of the moving car. The bumper sticks have their own problems, since they could not be removed or exchanged easily, for such reasons, alternative means would be beneficial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: AMERICAN MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yousef Daneshvar
  • Patent number: 9508273
    Abstract: A value oriented outdoor illuminated sign that is easily customizable is disclosed. It provides low energy use, efficient illumination for a minimum of 30 days when operated on included timer with no need for an extension cord or outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: George Jacob Hermes, III
  • Patent number: 9463755
    Abstract: A license plate mount arrangement that includes a flexible and compliant license plate mount having an adhesive backing on the back surface thereof and a plurality of couplings accessible at the front surface thereof, the arrangement allowing for the mounting of a license plate to an exterior surface of a vehicle without drilling mounting holes in, or otherwise modifying the exterior surface of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: Paul H. Kreft
  • Patent number: 9440597
    Abstract: A temporary vehicle plate attachment system includes a first plate frame adapted for mounting to a vehicle license plate receiving area, the first plate frame having a plurality of opposed corners with a magnetic member positioned adjacent to each corner and a second plate frame having a plurality of opposed corners with a magnetic member positioned adjacent to each corner and arranged in substantially the same relative geometry as the magnetic members of the first plate frame. The second plate frame is attached to the first plate frame by aligning the magnetic members. A method of attaching a temporary plate includes fastening the first plate frame to a vehicle license plate receiving area, magnetically attaching the second plate frame to the first plate frame and positioning a temporary vehicle plate against an outer surface of the second plate frame such that the temporary vehicle plate is visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Brian Keith Broadwell
  • Patent number: 9275566
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for a customizable, portable billboard system. The portable billboard has a number of sidewalls enabling advertisement graphic placement. These sidewalls sit upon a support base that has structures, preferably wheels, which help to facilitate movement of the billboard. The advertisement graphical overlay is attached to the sidewalls via framing that surrounds the perimeter of each of the sidewalls. The entire system is self-contained and has a generator to power any lights or speakers or the like that may be required. The system has a hitch attachment so that it may be easily maneuvered or transported to a particular location by motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: VISIONS OUTDOOR, LLC
    Inventor: Edward Andrascik
  • Patent number: 9242610
    Abstract: In an example, a quick release license plate holder with a low and/or compact profile is provided. In an example, the holder includes a bolt assembly having a first end to attach to a vehicle and a second end to quick release a support plate for holding the vehicle license plate. In an example, the quick release and re-attachment may be tool-less and/or may not require a re-leveling. In another example, the quick release may not require the same specific tool as a typical OEM license plate bracket and/or may require less application of the same specific tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: US MILL WORKS LLC
    Inventor: Bradley Richard DeGrazia
  • Patent number: 9079544
    Abstract: An accessory mounting apparatus is provided for coupling to a vehicle roll bar. The accessory mounting apparatus illustratively includes a driver side clamping device configured to be secured to a driver side upright of the roll bar, and a passenger side clamping device configured to be secured to the passenger side upright of the roll bar. Protective sleeves cooperate with the clamping devices to protect the roll bar from damaging contact therewith. A laterally extending cross member extends between the driver side clamping device and the passenger side clamping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Jason E. Miller, Brent Terry, Garric Henry
  • Patent number: 9076353
    Abstract: Herein is described my flag protection assembly that prevents flag deterioration from heat, humidity, wind, rain and other adverse environmental conditions. In some embodiments the flag protection assembly also prevents flag deterioration from ultraviolet light. My flag protection assembly does not require motorized, computerized or other electrical components to fully extend the flexible covering and enclosed flag from a support. My flag protection assembly preferably includes a flexible cover through which a short rod initially inserts. A flag is coiled around this short rod and the rod is then placed within the upper interior of the flexible cover. The flag is thereafter uncoiled within the flexible cover while the rod is removed through an opening in the bottom edge of the flexible cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventor: Leslie Milas Delaney, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9015972
    Abstract: Mobile signs/billboards designed to attach to the back end of a vehicle are disclosed comprising a mounting device that is mounted to the back end of a vehicle via the holes for fixing a license plate, and a sign or billboard supported by the mounting device. The signs are designed in a variety of shapes and sizes to provide a display for advertisement or personal messaging. The sign/billboard can be inserted or removed quickly from the mounting device. While the sign/billboard is supported by the mounting device at the back end of the vehicle, the license tag is affixed elsewhere on the mounting device for full viewing and lighting. The mounting device remains on the vehicle until easily removed whereupon the license plate can be reattached to the vehicle. The mounting device comprises an inner pocket for easy insertion and removal of signs and billboards. Lighting may be wired with the vehicle or use solar power or batteries to providing lighting for the sign/billboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Russ Bryan Morgan
  • Patent number: 8955244
    Abstract: A system for mounting a badge to a component of a vehicle is provided. The system comprises a mounting base including a fastening aperture extending in a direction through a plane defined by the mounting base, a trim ring coupled with a peripheral edge of the mounting base and configured to selectively mount the badge between the trim ring and the mounting base when said trim ring is coupled with the peripheral edge, and a flexible fastening member including a first end that is fixedly coupled with the mounting base and a second end that is positioned within the fastening aperture. The flexible fastening member is configured to be positioned around at least a portion of a component of a vehicle and between the mounting base and the badge to fasten the badge to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: OXK, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Osiecki, Donwoong Kang
  • Publication number: 20150033604
    Abstract: A detachable vehicle-mounted banner assembly is provided, comprising a banner panel defining two opposing and at least semi-rigid surfaces, the surfaces comprising at least a leading edge; a banner mast comprising a base portion and a flanged portion, the flanged portion comprising an angled leading edge and a trailing slot, the trailing slot being configured to selectively engage at least the leading edge; and a base assembly having a first portion configured for attachment to a vehicle and a second portion configured to attachment relative to the base portion. The base portion is elongate and has a base longitudinal axis about which the banner mast and the banner panel pivot; and the flanged portion of the banner mast extends away from the base portion and has a flange longitudinal axis oriented at an acute angle relative to the base longitudinal axis. A method of mounting the assembly is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Shannon Harold Bigham, Jason Sloane Bigham, Lance Nicholas Covert, James Hansford Ward, JR.
  • Patent number: 8938897
    Abstract: In combination with a highway tractor of the type having an operator's cab mounted on a frame, a vertical pivotal coupling means coupled to the frame behind the cab adapted to be coupled to a trailer, and an aerodynamic structure at the top of the cab which includes a plurality of LED bulbs and a heat generating element in the front of the aerodynamic structure. A front panel of glass or plastic material having information such as a logo containing letters and/or images located on its first surface, second surface or embedded surface covers the LED bulbs with a weatherproof seal. Light from the LED bulbs provides illumination for the information on the front panel to be viewed from the front of the highway tractor and heat from the heat generating element helps to keep the front panel having information such as a logo free of snow and/or ice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventors: Peter Anthony Borreggine, Gaston Ivan Bilbao
  • Publication number: 20150023009
    Abstract: A multipurpose sign base suitable for supporting temporary signs includes an upstanding mast supportable atop a support surface by a substantially horizontally extending, elongate, support member connected to a lower region of the mast, and by a plurality of elongate leg members of adjustable length each having an upper portion movably connected to a central region of the mast, and each having a lower portion movably connected to a different foot adapted to engage a different area of the support surface at locations arrayed about the mast. An upper region of the mast is connectable to a sign to support and display the sign. The legs and feet have retracted positions near the mast. A rearwardly extending formation of the horizontal support member can be coupled to a vehicle hitch so the sign base also can be supported on a vehicle for transport while displaying a sign.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: FRANKLIN B. WHITE
  • Patent number: 8935988
    Abstract: An emergency balloon system for alerting motorists to a stopped vehicle on a roadway featuring a base with a fan and lights, and a balloon component attached to the top of the base. The balloon has a reflective coating, a distress message, and reflective bars on its outer surface. When activated, the fan blows air into the balloon component to extend it upwardly. The system can be placed on a roadway or on a vehicle or any other appropriate location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Jose Praxistelez Perez
  • Patent number: 8915208
    Abstract: A magnetic flag includes a piece of flexible material having a first edge and a second edge and at least one magnet located near the first edge of the piece of flexible material. The second edge is unattached to the object. The at least one magnet is attachable to an object to removably secure the piece of flexible material to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: 1614 Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Patricia Malley Shanahan
  • Patent number: 8915001
    Abstract: The invention relates to a decorative element (10) for a motor vehicle and to a method for producing the same. The decorative element (10) thereby comprises an at least partially transparent decorative film (12) applied to a flat carrier element (30) and back injection molded with two plastic layers (14, 16). At least the first plastic layer (14) is thereby at least partially transparent. The use of the first plastic layer (14) as an optical conductor is thereby made possible, allowing particularly optically attractive light coupling into the decorative element, and opening particularly extensive latitude in design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Steffen Breunig, Lutz Schmittat
  • Publication number: 20140345175
    Abstract: Three-dimensional affinity displays for removably attaching onto an exterior side surface of a vehicle are presented herein. The affinity display may include an outer shell that helps shield a base surface from wind drag and weather elements while driving, helping to ensure that the affinity display remains attached to the exterior side surface of the vehicle. The affinity display may include aerodynamic features, such as a dome shape, and a drain hole to prevent water from building up within the affinity display. The affinity display may also include a detachable strap to assist with stability, and a recess in the base surface for attaching the strap to the affinity display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Sean C. Larson, Shane D. Lewis, C. Jennifer Jones
  • Patent number: 8893416
    Abstract: A vehicle identification system that provides means for verifying the identity and authenticity of pursuing law enforcement vehicles by means of reversed or “mirrored” character indicia being placed on a law enforcement vehicle's windshield denoting the vehicle's identification so a motorist may look in their rearview mirror, call a police station and give the law enforcement vehicle identification to an operator who gives instruction to the motorist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: DeAndre LaShawn McKenzie
  • Patent number: 8893417
    Abstract: A panel fastening assembly comprising a frame member securable to a beam, an advertising track, a rod mating the frame member and the track, and a carrier for retaining an advertising panel therein. The carrier is secured to the track to display the advertising panel. A method of displaying an advertising panel comprising the steps of engaging an advertising panel with a carrier, attaching a frame member to a beam, attaching a rod to the frame, coupling an advertising track to the carrier, and securing the advertising track to the rod. The frame member comprises a cylindrical base which is securable to the beam. The rod extends through an aperture in the base and into the track. Upward movement of the rod locks the track and carrier together and tensions the panel. Downward movement of the rod releases the carrier from the track and the tension in the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: !maginethis Renovations, LLC
    Inventors: Scott A. Miller, Erik M. Baker
  • Patent number: 8875426
    Abstract: A signage system (10) including one or more visual display devices (11), each mounted for display behind the windshield (15) of one or more parked and ignition-off vehicles (16). Each sign (11) has a visual display surface (12) that is capable of forming an illuminated graphic display (13) on the visual display surface (12). The visual display surface (12) would be visible to observers in front of the vehicle (16). The system (10) includes wireless communication hardware (60) that allows the visual display (11) to be programmed by a remote programming device (41). Each of the display devices (11) can be programmed to have a separate message and each message would scroll from left to right across the display surface (12) in a time coordinated manner so that the message appears to scroll consistently from left to right across the visual field of the plurality of display surfaces (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Mark W. Wagner
  • Publication number: 20140290105
    Abstract: A tow ball cover which has a body formed of resilient or flexible material having a totally hollow interior which includes an upper or head compartment which defines a socket for close retention of a tow ball characterized In that there is provide an end plate or end wall which is integral with the body and which has a rear surface for incorporation of indicia which are used for promotional, advertising or display purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Calverley
  • Publication number: 20140259825
    Abstract: A pipe accessory mounting apparatus for removable engagement with a substantially horizontally-oriented pipe provides, in at least one embodiment, a display wall and a heat wall substantially linearly aligned with and spaced apart from the display wall. The heat wall is configured for being selectively positioned a distance behind an end of the pipe, in a position between the pipe end and the display wall. An at least one elongate support arm is engaged proximally with each of the heat wall and display wall and configured for being removably secured distally against an outer wall of the pipe. A front surface of the display wall is configured for providing a visual display. During use, where the apparatus is engaged with an exhaust pipe, for example, the heat wall is capable of absorbing and deflecting any hot air emitted from the pipe end, allowing the display to remain substantially unaffected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Cristob Galvan
  • Patent number: 8789300
    Abstract: An attachable flame simulating apparatus includes a coupling appendage, having a distal end and a proximal end, a housing adjacent the proximal end of the coupling appendage, the housing comprising one or more light sources, and a projection surface extending from the housing. Furthermore, the distal end of the coupling appendage is removably attachable to a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventor: John Rowley
  • Patent number: 8760880
    Abstract: A display device mountable on an automotive wiper arm positioned on the rear of an automotive vehicle, comprising a display panel having a front side for presentation of text or graphics and a back side for mounting a connector; an arm-connector for affixing said display device to said automotive wiper arm; a shaft for linking said arm-connector to said display panel; a shaft-connector for affixing said shaft to said display panel, said shaft-connector comprising part of said shaft; a display-connector for affixing said shaft to said display panel, said display-connector comprising said connector positioned on said display panel backside; wherein said shaft-connector and said display-connector are configured to lock together after one is connected to the other, substantially preventing separation of said display panel from said shaft during motion of said automotive wiper arm during operation, and wherein said arm-connector is configured to clasp said automotive wiper arm and maintain sufficient pressure to a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventors: Arthur Strout, Maurice Haff
  • Patent number: 8739443
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a display device for use on transportation vehicles which can be easily altered or removed by the user. The display device contains a mounting bracket which can be releasably attached to the vehicle and a display which may be permanently or releasably attached to the mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Swypers, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Gold, Frank Rego
  • Patent number: 8732998
    Abstract: An exterior sign includes a main body, which has a design, a plating material, which is arranged on an inner surface of the main body, wherein the plating material is visible through the main body, and a double-layered protective layer, which is arranged on the plating material. The double-layered protective layer includes a first protective layer and a second protective layer. The first protective layer is arranged closer to the plating material than the second protective layer and has a lower level of contractility during curing than the second protective layer. The second protective layer has a higher level of corrosion resistance than the first protective layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventor: Keiichi Kitayama
  • Publication number: 20140137448
    Abstract: An inexpensive temporary vehicle door display device with a planar member with indicia such as a visual symbol, message or advertisement printed thereon, that includes an integrally formed edge member along a vertical edge that selectively attaches to the trailing edge of a vehicle door. The edge member has a door edge cavity that receives the trailing edge of the vehicle door when the device is installed. The planar member is made of thin flexible material designed to extend over and at least partially cover the outside surface of the door. The planar member may be color-coded to match the color of the door and includes at least one magnetic element attached to the inside surface of the planar member that holds the planar member over the exterior surface of the door. Printed on the planar member are indicia such as words, letters, numbers, images, advertisements or promotional materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Lori Reiter
  • Patent number: 8726552
    Abstract: A sign mounting adapter system includes a hitch extension tube. A sign orientation post connected and oriented perpendicular to the hitch extension tube has a longitudinal axis. A sign support post is axially and rotatably received on the sign orientation post. The sign support post has a longitudinal axis co-axially aligned with the sign orientation post longitudinal axis, and a receiving bore perpendicular to the sign support post longitudinal axis. Multiple orientation bores extend through the sign orientation post, each oriented at a first angle to proximate orientation bores and perpendicular to the orientation post longitudinal axis. A retention assembly is releasably and co-axially received in the receiving bore and one of the orientation bores. The retention assembly releasably connects the sign support post to the sign orientation post to permit selection of a sign support post axial angle of rotation to the sign orientation post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Marketing Display, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher M. Larsen
  • Publication number: 20140130388
    Abstract: An interchangeable bumper display is provided. The interchangeable bumper display may include a transparent front sheet and a magnetic rear sheet connected together forming a pocket and an opening to the pocket. A sheet having a design or message may be secured within the pocket. A user may then place the interchangeable bumper display on the rear of their vehicle. If the user would like to change the design or message, the user may remove the sheet and replace the sheet with a new sheet with a new design or message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin Paul McCormick
  • Patent number: 8701320
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a display device for use on transportation vehicles. The device can be easily altered or removed by the user. The display device contains a mounting bracket which can be permanently or releasably attached to the vehicle and a display which may be permanently or releasably attached to the mounting bracket. The angle of the display may be altered to provide easier viewing from the road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Swypers, LLC
    Inventors: Michael A T Gold, Frank A Rego
  • Patent number: 8690215
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for advertising, promoting, marketing and/or selling products and services. The inventions include a mobile vehicle and moving showroom for advertising, promotion, marketing, and sales of products and services. The products and services may be promoted for direct sale from the moving showroom, or for sale from other outlets, such as retail stores and internet sales.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Bobcar Media LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Cohen, David Hazan
  • Patent number: 8683722
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for selectively decorating a vehicle surface are disclosed. The apparatus is a removable applique with a front face including a graphic comprising ultra-violet responsive material and a back face including an attachment agent having the ability to be applied and removed from the surface of the vehicle without causing damage. The method includes receiving the removable applique on the surface of a vehicle. The method further includes sending an instruction to illuminate an ultra-violet source to direct ultra-violet light at the graphic of the removable applique to render the graphic visible. In one embodiment, the instruction to illuminate the ultra-violet source can be sent in response to the activation of a switch, button, control panel or other input means of controlling the ultra-violet source. In another embodiment, the instruction to illuminate the ultra-violet source can be sent in response to a vehicle state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul D. Cowan
  • Patent number: 8671601
    Abstract: A system and method for mounting a badge to a component of a vehicle is provided. The system comprises a mounting base including first and second fastening apertures defined therein, and a trim ring coupled with the mounting base having an opening defined therein. The badge is adapted to be securely mounted between the trim ring and the mounting base so that the badge is positioned within the opening in the trim ring. The system further includes a flexible fastening member that is configured to be positioned within the first and second fastening apertures, positioned around at least a portion of the component of the vehicle, and between the mounting base and the badge to fasten the badge to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: OXK, LLC
    Inventors: Scott W. Osiecki, Donwoong Kang
  • Patent number: 8667718
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include an apparatus for displaying sign on a vehicle, the apparatus having a first sleeve and a second sleeve. Further, the apparatus may include one or more first sleeve fasteners capable of being coupled to the first sleeve and one or more second sleeve fasteners capable of being coupled to the second sleeve. In addition, the apparatus may have a main housing capable of being fastened to the first sleeve and a receiving housing capable of being fastened to the second sleeve. Also, a winding mechanism may be coupled to the main housing and indirectly or direct coupled to the first sleeve. Moreover, such an apparatus may include a rollable vehicle sign capable of rolling and unrolling on the winding mechanism, a first end of the vehicle sign coupled to the winding mechanism and a second end coupled to the receiving housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Dreams Realized LLC
    Inventor: Dawn Lang
  • Publication number: 20140053439
    Abstract: The invention relates to an interactive and multifunctional information unit having autonomous movement that includes a housing (2) having wheels (3) that are driven by gear motors (4) and rechargeable batteries (5) and are actuated by an electronic controller (10). The unit has a computer (6) having a connection to the Internet (7) via Wi-Fi or 3G mobile telephony, and operational movement control is carried out by radio control, a programmed autonomous system and/or distance or long-distance control via Internet. The unit optionally incorporates volumetric and distance sensors (13), a video camera (14), a plug (15) for connection to a grid at a recharging station located in the surrounding area, solar panels (16), LED technology panels (17), a projector device (18), slots (19) for brochures, mechanisms (20) that dispense products, samples or the like, an interphone (21), a defibrillator (22) and a first-aid kit (23) and/or a suction apparatus (24).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: GOAD COMPANY, S.L.
    Inventor: Roberto López Pontón