Interior Mounted Patents (Class 40/593)
  • Patent number: 10713980
    Abstract: A window mountable illuminated sign assembly configured to removably couple to a vehicle window and that comprises a sign housing coupled to a translucent front panel defining an interior cavity. The interior cavity holding an LED panel including a plurality of LED lights disposed in a tightly spaced configuration with respect to one another. The translucent front panel coupled to and surrounded by a flange that extends outwardly from the front surface of the translucent front panel and is capable of flexing and deforming. The sign assembly also comprises a plurality of suction cup fasteners individually and independently capable of flexing and deforming. The assembly further includes a variety of power options as well as a remote control operably configured to communicate signals that control various aspects and features of the sign assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Susan St. John
  • Patent number: 10656417
    Abstract: First and second cover members of a cover of a head-up display device cover an opening region of a housing. The first cover member is rotationally movable with respect to the housing around a first rotation fulcrum fixed to the housing. The second cover member is rotationally movable with respect to the first cover member around second rotation fulcrums respectively fixed to first and second end parts of the first cover member. When the first cover member turns with respect to the housing and the second cover member turns with respect to the first cover member, the first end part is located at an outer side than a first side of a mirror, and the second end part is located at an outer side than a second side of the mirror. The second cover member is not present in an optical path of light projected from a projector to the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenji Nakayama
  • Patent number: 10650675
    Abstract: A display system and an in-vehicle system include a display device provided at a vehicle and configured to display a person image indicating a person at a position visible from the outside of the vehicle; and a controller configured to acquire surrounding status information indicating a surrounding status of the vehicle and control the display device based on the acquired surrounding status information, thereby the executing external display processing of displaying the person image. As a result, the display system and the in-vehicle system provide an advantageous effect that easily-understandable displaying can be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaki Saito, Shinichi Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10391862
    Abstract: In a head-up display, a cover member includes a first transmissive member and a second transmissive member that transmit a light beam including an image generated by an image generation unit. The first transmissive member is formed to face upward from a front end to a rear end. Likewise, the second transmissive member is formed to face upward from a front end to a rear end. The rear end of the first transmissive member is offset to an upper side from the front end of the second transmissive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Onda, Hiroshi Ando, Takashi Takazawa, Makoto Sakai
  • Patent number: 10217383
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for magnetically connecting a placard to a rearview mirror of a motor vehicle. The apparatus includes a magnetic hanger which connects to the stem of the rearview mirror. A magnetic placard adapter removably receives a hanging portion of a standard placard. The magnetic placard adapter is removably connectable to the magnetic hanger. The magnetic placard adapter is magnetically connected to the magnetic hanger. In other embodiments, the placard itself is formed with a magnetic portion to form a magnetic placard that magnetically couples to the magnetic hanger, directly without the need for the magnetic placard adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Sear Latifzada
  • Patent number: 10093244
    Abstract: Holders, devices and methods for storing identification information, such as but not limited to driver's licenses, insurance and vehicle registration and safety tip information for quick and easy retrieval from storage containers that can be mounted in easy to reach and clearly visible locations for vehicle drivers, such as but not limited to being mounted on steering wheel columns, where the storage locations are clearly visible to outside law officers approaching a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Hugh Brown
  • Patent number: 9772493
    Abstract: Provided is a head-up display device such that shaking of a display image due to vibration can be mitigated. This head-up display device, which reflects display light output from a display unit with a reflection unit so as to produce an image to be viewed, includes a first supporting part for supporting the reflection unit rotatably about a rotation axis and a first supported part provided at one end of the reflection unit and supported by the first supporting part. The first supported part has a spherical surface formed thereon, and the first supporting part has a sliding surface that is formed therein and is in substantially point contact or line contact with the spherical surface formed on the first supported part. A first elastic member that presses the first supported part and the first supporting part against each other in the rotation axis direction is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: NIPPON SEIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Norihiko Ushida, Yuji Oguro, Hiroyuki Furusawa, Kouichi Jinushi
  • Patent number: 9343003
    Abstract: A graphic display device illuminates interchangeable graphic panels and is mountable to a translucent mounting surface. The graphic display device includes a housing assembly, a light source assembly, a light guide assembly, and device-to-surface mounts. The housing assembly includes a housing back, a housing front, and peripheral housing edging. Together, the housing back and housing edging define a panel-receiving volume. The light source assembly includes a power source, a light source, and circuitry. A light guide of the light guide assembly is positionable within the panel-receiving volume for guiding light from the light source in an anterior direction. The device-to-surface mounts fasten the graphic display device to a translucent mounting surface, and are cooperably associated with the peripheral housing edging for supporting the housing assembly such that the light from the light source is guided in an anterior direction through the translucent mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventor: George O. Podd
  • Patent number: 8960356
    Abstract: A steering wheel raises the awareness of a driver of a vehicle or the like concerning safe driving during operation of the vehicle, leading to a reduction of traffic accidents and violations of traffic regulations. The steering wheel has a pad section nearly in the center of a steering section gripped by the driver. A traffic slogan display unit having a character section displaying a traffic slogan and a background section being other than the character section is formed on the pad section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Kenji Momen
  • Publication number: 20150033603
    Abstract: An advertising panel is disclosed which is a lightweight, portable, and foldable substrate which accepts and retains high quality graphics and photographic advertising images. The advertising panel can be used for providing advertising on the inner surface of the windshield of a vehicle. The advertising panel includes a substrate with an advertising image printed on the substrate and a light source. The light source illuminates the advertising panel from behind. A viewer exterior to the vehicle is able to see the advertising image at night because a portion of the light emitted from the light source is transmitted through both the advertising panel substrate and the advertising image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Alan Siegel
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8925959
    Abstract: Multi-piece constructions for an illuminated emblem assembly for connection to an airbag cover are provided herein. An airbag assembly can include an airbag cover having front and rear surfaces, an emblem portion having one or more translucent areas and an illumination source. The airbag cover can include attachment elements protruding from the rear surface. The emblem portion and the illumination source can include openings for accommodating attachment elements. The illumination source can include a light guide and light emitting diodes (LEDs), where the LEDs are fitted in recesses formed in the light guide. The emblem portion can be arranged between the airbag cover and the illumination source, and the emblem portion and the illumination source can be aligned such that at least one of the one or more translucent areas is illuminated by light passing through the emblem portion from the illumination source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignees: TASUS Canada Corporation, TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome Bosch, Vaughn Pipe
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8857085
    Abstract: A vehicle identification card having a multi-segmental sheet is disclosed. The sheet includes a first, second, and third segment having the same vehicle identification number thereon. The first segment has a front and back side. The back side of the first segment includes a layer of adhesive material and a removable liner covering the adhesive. The second segment has a removable key tag and a vehicle identification claim ticket. The key tag has an elongated tail with a first slit extending along a longitudinal dimension of the tail and a body for inclusion of vehicle identification information. The third segment is positioned between the first segment and the second segment and includes an upper portion and a lower portion with an opening therebetween. The upper portion and the lower portion are joined by a securing strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Mark W. Lewis
  • Patent number: 8850729
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle-display with a carrier-layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Manfred Süss, Joffrey Ringenwald, Pierre Henry, Patrick Alliot, Andreas Deubzer, Ingo Schmitz
  • Patent number: 8646194
    Abstract: A light film apparatus having an illuminated graphics panel with at least two segments that can be individually powered. A controller manages a power which is delivered from a power supply to each of the segments, so that each of the segments is either powered on, powered off or powered to an intermediate level. With the independent control of power to the different segments, it is possible to create a three-dimensional appearance of a moving image from a generally two-dimensional panel arrangement. A housing can be mounted so that the graphics panel abuts or is closely mounted to a mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: George O. Podd
  • Patent number: 8540309
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus, in particular for attaching to the back of a seat. The apparatus comprises a plate with a flat recess and an insert which is removably mountable in the flat recess of the plate and is configured to receive an information medium which is viewable when the insert is mounted in the flat recess of the plate. For releasably fixing of the insert on mounting of the same in the flat recess, the insert has the following: at least one tongue on a first border area of the insert for engagement in at least one correspondingly shaped groove in the plate, and at least one releasable fixing that is present in or on at least one second border area of the insert and that is operable by twisting and/or sliding at least one component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Inviseo Media Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Georg Berger, Thomas Bulirsch
  • Patent number: 8499479
    Abstract: A portable advertising system well suited for outdoor advertising at night includes a body adapted to be secured to a transportation vehicle and may include a universal attachment system for that purpose. An advertisement may be displayed on an advertising surface mounted on the body. An illumination source is directed towards the advertising surface and may be integrated into an electronic display unit or may be directed at an advertising sheet such as a vinyl sheet. When the advertising sheet is used, a sheet tension system typically maintains tension on the sheet, and an openable protective cover may protect the sheet when not in use. The illumination source may be controlled based on environmental light conditions, sheet tension and/or position of the protective cover. The body may be part of a cargo container such as an ISO container suited for securing to a railroad car or other vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Freight Train Media LLC
    Inventor: Theodore C. Johnson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8474165
    Abstract: A form assembly for removably attaching a form to a surface includes a form including a page, the page including a body, a first detachable stub attached to a first edge of the body by a first detachment line and a second detachable stub attached to a second edge of the body opposite the first edge by a second detachment line. The form also includes a first adhesive label including a lite-tac adhesive, attached to the first detachable stub by the lite-tac adhesive, where the lite-tac adhesive does not overlap the first detachment line, and a second adhesive label including a lite-tac adhesive, attached to the second detachable stub by the lite-tac adhesive, where the lite-tac adhesive does not overlap the second detachment line. The lite-tac adhesive of the first adhesive label and the lite-tac adhesive of the second adhesive label can removably secure the form assembly to a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Reynolds and Reynolds Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Agostino S. Hill, Richard E. Ipsen
  • Publication number: 20130125434
    Abstract: A display apparatus for a vehicle including a vent portion (1) comprising a through-opening defining an air intake mouth, and attachment means adapted to render the vent portion attachable therewith to a surface of the vehicle in a position intimately proximate thereto to permit the air-intake mouth to intake vehicle-displaced airflow at the aforesaid surface of the vehicle. A flexible sleeve portion (35) defines an air duct extending from the through-opening to an air outlet opening of the sleeve portion being inflatable by action of a flow of air therethrough from the through-opening to display an outer surface of the inflated sleeve portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: CBT Developments Limited
    Inventor: Raymond Cozens
  • Patent number: 8424915
    Abstract: A tag system for vehicle repair shops or collision repair centers includes a set of mirror tags, a set of releasably attachable key ring tags with associated key rings, and a set of releasably attachable instruction tags. The mirror tags are adapted to be hung from the rear view mirror of a vehicle, and are reusable to allow each tag to be used multiple times while conveying different information to service personnel. Each mirror tag may include an identifier for identifying the mirror tag, a hook-and-loop attachment strip for releasably attaching a key ring with keys to the vehicle, and a hook-and-loop attachment strip for releasably attaching one or more members of a set of instruction tags. Each key ring tab may include an identifier matching the identifier of the mirror tag, a key ring for holding the key to the vehicle, and a hook-and-loop attachment strip for attaching the key ring to a mirror tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Haag
  • Patent number: 8398164
    Abstract: A fold and tumble vehicle seat assembly includes a seat cushion having an underside that forms a floor surface when the seat cushion is rotated to a stowed position, and a seat flap attached to the seat cushion for bridging a gap formed between the seat cushion and an adjacent vehicle floor surface when the seat cushion is in the stowed position. The seat flap has an outer sleeve formed of a first material and an insert received in the sleeve formed of a second material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jason Miles Baker, Todd Alan Morris
  • Publication number: 20120317851
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a sign adapted for display in a vehicle. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to a signboard that may be hung behind a vehicle's windshield to display various pre-selected or selected information, such as removable information that may easily revised as well as more permanent information that may be pre-printed on the signboard. The signboard may be hung from a vehicle's rearview mirror, rearview mirror support and/or a clip coupled to a vehicle's visor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: John E. Cruse, III
  • Patent number: 8318279
    Abstract: A sticker assembly includes an indicia-bearing sticker (30) having an adhesive layer (34). A vinyl film (20) is provided having a first side (22) and a second side (24), the second side (24) having a low-tack adhesive (25) thereon. The first side (22) of the vinyl film (20) is adhered to the adhesive layer (34) of the sticker (30). The second side (24) of the vinyl film (20) is applied to a receiving surface (12) and held against the surface (12) by the low-tack adhesive (25) wherein the vinyl film (20) and the sticker (30) are releasably adhered to the receiving surface (12) and wherein the indicia-bearing sticker (30) is displayed for viewing. In one embodiment, the sticker (30) is a vehicle windshield sticker and the receiving surface (12) is a vehicle windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Lemeer Design, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Peter K. Kassab
  • Patent number: 8261473
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sign carrier apparatus specifically designed to be inserted into a vehicle hitch assembly to transport signs. Alternatively, the present invention provides for a free standinged receiver hitch, or free standing receiver hitch for storing the sign carrier apparatus when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventors: Joshua A. Bey, Sarah R. Bey
  • Patent number: 8220188
    Abstract: A device for connecting a placard to the rearview mirror of a motor vehicle includes a hanger which connects to the stem of the rearview mirror. A placard holder has a first jaw and an opposite second jaw, the first and second jaws are shaped and dimension to removably receive the placard. The placard holder is removably connectable to the hanger. In embodiments of the invention, the placard holder is magnetically connected to the hanger, and the jaws of the placard holder are magnetically urged together to hold the placard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventor: Martin E Keller
  • Patent number: 8122628
    Abstract: The portable advertising system of the present invention comprises a body having a first end and a display support, at least one universal attachment system adapted for securing the body to a vehicle proximate the first end, at least one exterior wall arranged to display an advertisement, and the display support securing an illumination source directed towards the at least one exterior wall. The at least one exterior wall and the illumination source may be integrated into an electronic display unit. The at least one exterior wall may also be an advertising sheet composed of vinyl and the illumination source may be a plurality of light emitting diodes. The portable advertising system may include a railroad car arranged to receive the at least one universal attachment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Freight Train Media LLC
    Inventor: Theodore C. Johnson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8114495
    Abstract: A sticker assembly includes an indicia-bearing sticker (30) having an adhesive layer (34). A polyester film (20) is provided having a first side (22) and a second side (24), the second side (24) having a low-tack adhesive (25) thereon. The first side (22) of the polyester film (20) is adhered to the adhesive layer (34) of the sticker (30). The second side (24) of the polyester film (20) is applied to a receiving surface (12) and held against the surface (12) by the low-tack adhesive (25) wherein the polyester film (20) and the sticker (30) are releasably adhered to the receiving surface (12) and wherein the indicia-bearing sticker (30) is displayed for viewing. In one embodiment, the sticker (30) is a vehicle windshield sticker (30) and the receiving surface (12) is a vehicle windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Lemeer Design, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Peter K. Kassab
  • Patent number: 8091959
    Abstract: A display system for a vehicle seat comprises a receiving surface including a recess. A cover plate is adapted to cover and/or fit into the recess. The recess has a support surface and a slot for receiving a tab located on the cover plate. An information carrier can be located between the cover plate and the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Inviseo Media Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Georg Berger, Thomas Bulirsch, Andersen Yuk-Fai Cheng
  • Publication number: 20110314713
    Abstract: A two-piece placard holder having a mounting element for hanging from a post of a rearview mirror and a display frame for holding the placard. The display frame and mounting element are magnetically attached to one another to allow for easy assembly of the display frame to the mounting element (for hanging the placard, such as while parked) and easy dismounting of the display frame (and placard disposed therein) from the mounting element (for stowing the placard, such as while driving).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Inventor: John Massaad
  • Patent number: 8046944
    Abstract: An automobile interior exhibit is configured with a relief formed to replicate an automobile interior member and an interior cover covering the surface of the relief. In the automobile interior exhibit, the relief is provided with a simulative three-dimensional form in perspective so that the relief provides a view from a predetermined viewpoint even when the relief is viewed from the front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tokuyuki Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 8009029
    Abstract: The present invention provides a movable display device which has a high awareness of a display content while a sight line moving angle between a sight line connecting a driver's eye to display means and a sight line connecting the driver's eye to a target is small, thereby alleviating the driver's fatigue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Hyundai Motor Japan R&D Center, Inc.
    Inventor: Fujie Hideshiro
  • Patent number: 8006419
    Abstract: A window display materials holder for holding window display material for viewing from the outside of a vehicle. The holder includes a flexibly-rigid body having an insertion edge and a gripping edge. The insertion edge is designed to be inserted between a window and trim adjacent thereto. The gripping edge has gripping structure. The flexibly-rigid body is substantially coplanar to the window when the insertion edge is inserted between the window and the trim adjacent thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventor: George Walter Kabalka
  • Publication number: 20110131850
    Abstract: A vehicle minor message display sign comprising: a writing board having front and back planar dry erase marking surfaces on which non permanent markings may be written, a rim, and a hanger. The hanger is fixedly attached to the writing board to enable the hanging of the writing board from the rearview minor of a vehicle and facilitate the display of the non permanent markings. Sub sequentially the writing board may be disengaged from the rearview mirror of the vehicle, the non-permanent markings may be erased from the writing board with an eraser and the vehicle minor message display sign may be reused.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventor: Wes Wiebe
  • Patent number: 7950172
    Abstract: A vehicle identification card has the words SERVICE and READY on its front and rear sides, respectively, and includes a top segment having a horizontal band of static cling vinyl covered by a removable protective liner. Upon removal of the protective liner, the card can be adhered to the inside of a vehicle windshield with the word SERVICE visible from outside the vehicle and the top segment may be folded 180 degrees and adhered to the inside of the vehicle windshield with the word READY visible from outside the vehicle. The card is preferably a two section card with the before mentioned construction in an upper section and having a lower section which includes a removable key tag and a removable vehicle claim ticket. Service personnel can place the card on, and remove the card from, the inside of the vehicle windshield without bodily entering the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Marjen, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark W. Lewis
  • Publication number: 20110067278
    Abstract: A placard holding device can be a clear sleeve or a board with clips and a clip assembly that attaches to a vehicle sun visor. The assembly consists of a locking pivot mechanism to hold the placard securely in the up or down position. A knob or protruding ridge or bar is attached to the placard holding device sufficiently large for ease of griping to rotate the placard between a visible position for parking and a position against the visor out of the line of sight of the driver for driving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventor: Sandra Hulbert
  • Patent number: 7849616
    Abstract: The lockdown shade is a device for preventing visual access to an area through a window of a door. The device has a shade normally stored on a mounting system that is positioned on a wall surface adjacent to the door window. The shade is fabricated from a solid, opaque material having fastener(s) on its rear surface to effect quick and easy attachment to the door window. The fastener(s) also function to provide attachment to the mounting system. The shade is configured and dimensioned to cover the window in the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventor: Robert E. Bolton
  • Publication number: 20100293827
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle-display with a carrier-layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventors: Manfred Süss, Joffrey Ringenwald, Pierre Henry, Patrick Alliot, Andreas Deubzer, Ingo Schmitz
  • Publication number: 20100287802
    Abstract: An informational car freshener sign includes a cardboard sign having a front side and a back side, a written message setting forth rules and instructions in catchy and colorful wording to inform passengers in the rear seats of the driver's wishes with the written message accompanied by a pictorial representation such as a cartoon to enhance the impact and effectiveness of the sign, and the cardboard sign capable of giving off a particular scent to maintain the freshness of the interior environment. The sign is hung from the rear of the driver's seat or the front passenger seat, and the sign can be mounted in residential, commercial, and business establishments of all kinds. The sign can also be in the form of an air freshener calendar with the sheets for each month having different wording, cartoons, and scents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventors: Juel Keith Harris, Elleniz Robinson-Harris
  • Patent number: 7834752
    Abstract: A brake-actuated message device. An illustrative embodiment of the brake-actuated message device includes a device casing having a front panel, a plurality of lights carried by the front panel, a message panel carried by the front panel generally adjacent to the plurality of lights, a message provided in the message panel, a lighting module connected to the plurality of lights and brake circuit wiring connected to the lighting module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventor: Jed K. Kuvantrarai
  • Patent number: 7818907
    Abstract: A sun visor cover that fits any vehicle sun visor, square, rectangular, oval or circular in shape and having personalized ornamental designs on its front surface. The sun visor cover provides elastic strips that allow it to be stretched and slipped over a vehicles sun visor, then the visor material is wrapped around the visor and secured by Velcro means. A sun visor mirror flap is provided, having a pocket that is sealed by means of Velcro, snap buttons, zippers or tie string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventor: Frank E. Warrington, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7766371
    Abstract: An airbag cover comprises a cover main body having a cover core covering an airbag and an outer layer disposed on an outer surface of the cover core, an ornament provided on an outer surface of the outer layer, and a fixing structure for fixing the ornament on the outer surface of the outer layer. And, an edge of the outer layer on the outer surface is covered by the ornament. According to this airbag cover having the ornament, it can be easy to form the outer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Nihon Plast Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Fujimori, Saori Wakuda
  • Patent number: 7757417
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a vehicle mountable display device. The device includes a first adversarial profile and a second adversarial profile. Between the first adversarial profile and the second adversarial profile is a first extension, which is part of or attached to the first adversarial profile. The first extension is made of a flexible material and/or pivotably or flexibly connected to the first adversarial profile such that while driving the extension can move back and forth in the appearance of slapping or hitting the second adversarial profile. The first adversarial profile is preferably a user's preferred choice and the second adversarial profile is preferably a rival or challenger, thereby effectively communicating a user's preferred choice, while also communicating the adversarial nature between the two with minimal or no words. The device further includes a mounting element for securely attaching to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Nemesis, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Koski, Nora Op, Paul Gibson
  • Publication number: 20100154261
    Abstract: A vehicle trim panel is illuminated from behind to create an illuminated design (e.g., logo and/or lettering) includes a transparent layer and an opaque layer with an opening(s) in the shape of the design. An opaque or partially opaque design piece may be placed over the opening(s) in the opaque layer and be lit around its edges. The vehicle trim panel may be formed by forming a panel with a transparent layer and an opaque layer. An opening in the opaque layer may be formed by removing opaque material (e.g., by machining or laser etching) or by masking (the mask is placed between the opaque layer and transparent layer and removed taking a portion of the opaque layer with it). A design piece may be placed over the location of the opening in the opaque layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Ronald A. Bozlo, Scott A. Hansen, Gregg S. Evan, Chun Yi Yeo
  • Patent number: 7686373
    Abstract: A combination hang-tag holder and displayer which includes a body; one or more fasteners of sufficient size to attach the body to an automobile sun visor; a hanging device located on the front of the body, either on the left side or right side, such that a hang-tag may be temporarily hung from the hanging device without requiring physical modifications to the hang-tag; and a securing device located on the front of the body on the upper corner opposite the hanging device. The combination hang-tag holder and displayer may be attached to an automobile sun visor, and a hang-tag may be hung from the hanging device for display of the hang-tag. The hang-tag may then be rotated to a horizontal position and secured by the securing device for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Inventors: Henry Frank McCabe, Cathy Elaine McCabe-McPherson
  • Patent number: 7648190
    Abstract: A vehicular bus having a roof reinforcement structure having a plurality of hubs and angularly spaced reinforcement channel members extending radially outward from each hub. The vehicular bus further includes and improved destination sign and advertising panel members positioned in the interior of the bus and extending down the sides of a bus visible through the side windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Altair Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Jos Timmermans, Jean Raymond, Norman C. Haustein
  • Publication number: 20090293330
    Abstract: An article of manufacture (there is no known previous technology) for use in marketing, advertising, and promotion, known as the “Fan-Express” for displaying a driver's support and/or affiliation with a sports team, university, private club, business, religious institution, political party or candidate, or displaying any message on electronic toll collection devices that are mounted on the windshields of motor vehicles that is uniquely designed so that it requires no glue, adhesive, or similar substance to afix to the electronic toll collection device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventors: Charles Vincent Curley, Ethan Nahum Halberstadt
  • Patent number: 7624524
    Abstract: A one-way vision perforated display panel that includes a transparent protective envelope having at least one open side edge and an adhesive applied to at least a portion of an outwardly-facing side of the envelope defined by a front sheet for adhering the envelope to an inner surface of a transparent support panel, and a one-way vision, perforated sheet having a display image on one side for being inserted into the protective envelope through the at least one open side edge with the display image visible through the outwardly-facing side of the envelope and the transparent support panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: East Coast Perforating, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Mullins
  • Publication number: 20090288322
    Abstract: A method of displaying an advertisement on a seat or meal tray of vehicle, including seats or meal trays of an aircraft, watercraft, automobile, or train. Though others have displayed an advertisement on a meal tray of a vehicle, this application describes specific locations of placement on a seat or meal tray, which are both novel and not obvious. Moreover, this application expresses a novel manner of placing and connecting an advertisement to a meal tray or seat of a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Inventor: Francesca G. Farmer-Luczak
  • Patent number: 7622169
    Abstract: An emblem assembly of an automobile is disclosed. Because a pad and a thin plate are fabricated as separate components and then fixed to a cover, a symbol formed on the thin plate can be effectively exposed to a user through respective material colors of the pad and the thin plate themselves. In addition, since the pad is made of the plastic material, different from the other pad made of the conventional metal material, the circumferential edge portion of the pad would not be torn as in the related art although the thickness of the circumferential edge portion is relatively thick, and the difference of material colors between the pad and the thin plate can enhance the conspicuousness characteristics of the emblem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyung Kwan Oh