Modular Patents (Class 40/605)
  • Patent number: 10317007
    Abstract: An electronic sign having slotted frame cabinets, whereby each slotted frame cabinet can conveniently be attached to one or more vertically or horizontally positioned adjacent slotted frame cabinets by using connecting components which are generally located around the periphery of one or more slotted frame cabinets. Connecting components including splice bars, splice plates, and mounting clamps are aligned in, positioned along, and secured to backing bars which are co-located in backing bar slots in one or more of the slotted frame cabinets. Lift eyes can be variably located in one or more lift eye slots. The use of externally located connecting components, which do not extend through the cabinetry, minimize the entry of environmental elements into the interior of the electronic sign. Multiple slotted frame cabinets can be connected without the removal of LED display panels. Bracket assemblies and clamping assemblies are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kory D. Kludt, Jon Michael Mammenga, Nathan W. Hart, Michael A. Hulscher
  • Patent number: 10151469
    Abstract: A modular lighting system may include a support structure, a plurality of heat sink modules physically supported by the support structure, and one or more light source modules coupled to the plurality of heat sink modules. The plurality of heat sink modules may be arranged in a modular manner such that the number of heat sink modules in the modular lighting system is variable, and each heat sink module may be an integral molded structure defining at least one opening or passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Christopher Ladewig, Christopher Michael Bryant, Philip Dean Winters
  • Patent number: 10147332
    Abstract: The present application discloses a configurable pocket chart and kit. As disclosed, the pocket chart is assembled from a plurality of panels connected through a hook and loop connection. In particular, the panels include an obverse side having a plurality of pockets and a loop surface on a reverse side of the panels formed of a loop fabric layer. Connector strips having hooks on an obverse surface connect to the loop surface on the reverse side of the panels to form the multiple panel pocket chart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Robin J. Barber
  • Patent number: 10139058
    Abstract: An ornament with a backlit film image having a curved substrate with a smooth surface and an at least partially transparent portion viewable therethrough when backlit. The backlit film image includes a flat top surface and a flat bottom surface, wherein one of the flat top surface or the flat bottom surface is positioned flush against the smooth surface of the curved substrate when the backlit film image is removably coupled thereto. A first end cap and a second end cap are configured to receive and retain a portion of the substrate such that the first and second end caps and the substrate support one another into a substantially upright position to define an enclosure. An insert removably engages one of the first or second end caps and includes an aperture having a size and shape for compression-fit engagement with a light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Robert L. Santiago
  • Patent number: 9924603
    Abstract: A retractable display configured as a plurality of interlinked display subassemblies or panels, a transport box having a lid configured to enclose the display system, the box or subassemblies having a rack system configured to support the plurality of linked display subassemblies in the transport box, a lift mechanism configured to assemble and disassemble the plurality of releasably interlinked display subassemblies into a seamless display, and an alignment system configured to align one display subassembly with a neighboring display subassembly and thus, functions as a rugged self-contained transport box of a plurality of interlinked display subassemblies capable of automated assembly into a seamless display larger than its transport box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Nanolumens Acquisition, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Craig Cope, Douglas Andrew Price, Drew Fredrick Meincke
  • Patent number: 9877406
    Abstract: Architectural tiled panel systems composed of at least one sensory output tile module and a plurality of non-sensory-output tile modules. Each sensory output tile module includes any one or more of a variety of electronic devices, such as a video display device, an audio speaker, and an illumination device (e.g., an LED or light bulb), among others. Each non-sensory-output module includes a presentation face that is visually appealing. The non-sensory-output tile modules can be used to provide aesthetic surrounds for each of one or more sensory output tile modules and/or groups of sensory output tile modules. In some embodiments, a plurality of video display type sensory output tile modules are grouped together and controlled to provide a larger mosaicked video display. In some embodiments, abutting tile modules are secured together using connectors having a latch mechanism for each tile module connected thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Revolution Display, LLC
    Inventor: Jeremy Hochman
  • Patent number: 9865672
    Abstract: Techniques to fabricate and assemble a lighting system including multiple patterned OLED lighting panels to form a high-resolution macro image are provided. An image to be displayed is determined and divided into multiple portions. Patterned static OLED lighting panels that display each portion of the image are fabricated and assembled into a fixture to form a macro-image lighting system. The fixture may removably receive and hold individual panels, such that each panel may be replaced if any malfunction occurs. Each of the patterned OLED panels may be individually driven through an electrical connection within the fixture so as to be operated at substantially the same brightness and/or same chromaticity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL DISPLAY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Emory Krall, Huiqing Pang, Jason Paynter, Jeffrey Silvernail, Ruiqing Ma
  • Patent number: 9689563
    Abstract: A light-emitting display system has an alignment mechanism to align or angle light-emitting tiles of the display. A first tile connects to a second tile by joining a first clamp portion on the first tile with a second clamp portion on the second tile. In an implementation, the alignment mechanism includes a replaceable angle adjustment insert that is inserted into at least one of the clamp portions, such as the first clamp portion. When the first and second clamp portions are joined, a surface of the second clamp portion presses against the insert and a desired angle between the first and second tile is formed. The insert can have any angle so that any desired angle can be formed between the first and second tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Barco, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcus Robert Patterson, Grant Arthur John Elliott
  • Patent number: 9536457
    Abstract: A method of converting an existing signage mounting structure to an electronic sign comprises using an installation kit for providing and installing at least one section sign assembly, loaded with a plurality of display modules and having a power routing system with a plurality of individual power extensions extending from a single node to a plurality of display module receiving bays node receptacles, wherein passageway openings at a rear portion of the at least one sectional sign assembly facilitate replacement of individual ones of said plurality of display modules from a rear side of the sign construction, and coupling said single node to a source of power for completing the conversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: ADTI Media LLC
    Inventors: David Franklin Cox, Richard J Romano, Arne E Carlson
  • Patent number: 9466232
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for deploying and supporting a flexible object (7). The apparatus comprises an elongate support (3) comprising a longitudinal first guide (4), an elongate flexible member (5) longitudinally slidable relative to the first guide (4), a first connector (9), connected to the flexible elongate member (5) and adapted to be attached to the flexible object (7), a longitudinal second guide 6, and at least one sliding connector (9, 11, 13); (106, 111, 113; 209, 211, 213), longitudinally slidable relative to the second guide (6) and adapted to be attached to the flexible object (7). The flexible elongate member (5) is adapted to be pushed along the first guide (4) via an externally applied longitudinal force, transferred as a compressive internal force along the flexible member (5), to move the flexible object (7) from a first position to a deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Nexus Developments Limited
    Inventors: John Joseph Woollett, Peter John Hume
  • Patent number: 9359771
    Abstract: A removable wall panel mounting system for mounting a wall panel to a wall, the wall panel having a front face, a rear face and a first attachment portion attached to a portion of the rear face thereof, including a second attachment portion, a bottom support bracket, a hook, a rail configured for attachment to the wall and a securing plate having a front surface and a rear adaptor configured to be removably and slideably attachable to the rail, the second attachment portion disposed on the securing plate. The first attachment portion is configured to be removably attachable to the second attachment portion by a pushing force applied substantially normal to the wall on the front face of the wall panel. The hook is configured to be coupled with the bottom support bracket such that a portion of the weight of the wall panel is supported via the hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Delforte Sales, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Delforte
  • Patent number: 8984781
    Abstract: A configurable large-depth panel display uses a number of frame members and a number of corner brackets coupled to one another to create an flexible and easily customized display device. The frame members relatively uniform, having a substantially constant cross-sectional configuration which is easily coupled to the frame members. The corner brackets can be configured in a number of different ways to produce a display product with a desired configuration. More specifically, the corner brackets can be configured to attach to frame members in a manner which produce an overall framework having multiple shapes and orientations, depending upon the desired design of the overall display. To complete the display panel, a removable face panel is attached to the frame using an interference fit caused by a ridged tab inserted into a channel that has a supporting recess. Various face panels, can be easily attached to the frame members using integral portions of the constant cross-sectional configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Skyline Displays, Inc.
    Inventors: Dixon Gimpel, Mark Fritsche, Scott Parizek, John Elliott
  • Patent number: 8898942
    Abstract: A configurable large-depth panel display uses a number of frame members and a number of corner brackets coupled to one another to create an flexible and easily customized display device. The frame members relatively uniform, having a substantially constant cross-sectional configuration which is easily coupled to the frame members. The corner brackets can be configured in a number of different ways to produce a display product with a desired configuration. More specifically, the corner brackets can be configured to attach to frame members in a manner which produce an overall framework having multiple shapes and orientations, depending upon the desired design of the overall display. Various panels, brackets and supports can be easily attached to the frame members using integral portions of the constant cross-sectional configuration. Further, more complex displays can be easily created by simply attaching different framework components to one another thus creating a single structure with multiple panel members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Skyline Displays, Inc.
    Inventors: Dixon Gimpel, Mark Fritsche, Scott Parizek, John Elliott
  • 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: 8869866
    Abstract: A tiled display rotational assembly is provided. The system uses panels connected by hinges, the panels configured to mount at least one display on each panel. A first panel has an extending hinge portion with a first bearing surface attached to an edge while a second panel has a receiving hinge portion with a second bearing surface attached to an edge. When the extending hinge portion is inserted into the receiving hinge portion the extending hinge portion and the receiving hinge portion together define an axis of rotation about which the panels may rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Kyle Bauman, Bryan Russell Hemphill, Daniel Robert Adema
  • Patent number: 8844180
    Abstract: An electronic sign having slotted frame cabinets whereby each slotted frame cabinet can conveniently be attached to one or more vertically or horizontally positioned adjacent slotted frame cabinets by using connecting components which are generally located around the periphery of one or more slotted frame cabinets. Connecting components, including splice bars, splice plates, and mounting clamps, are aligned in, positioned along and secured to backing bars which are co-located in backing bar slots in one or more of the slotted frame cabinets. Lift eyes can be variably located in one or more lift eye slots. The use of externally located connecting components, which do not extend through the cabinetry, minimize the entry of environmental elements into the interior of the electronic sign. Multiple slotted frame cabinets can be connected without the removal of LED display panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kory D. Kludt, Russell Jon Neyens, Jon M. Mammenga
  • Patent number: 8839537
    Abstract: A support component comprises a tab configured to be coupled to a bar (as comprises a part of an item to be suspended), the tab including a plurality of openings disposed therethrough and configured to receive an overhead support interface (such as a corresponding flexible link) to thereby provide overhead support to the bar. These openings can be laterally offset from one another to facilitate selecting a particular pitch orientation for the bar. The tab can have a non-circular hole disposed therethrough sized and configured to receive the bar. This hole can include a surface that is configured to key with respect to a corresponding bar surface to thereby prevent the bar from rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: ILight Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Glenn Kirschner, Sean Edward Callahan, Mark Joseph Cleaver, Qiusheng Chen, Zhiping Zhang
  • Patent number: 8819968
    Abstract: A modular solar powered illuminated alphanumeric identification system which incorporates solar power or other alternative power sources to illuminate light emitting diodes. The invention includes a plurality of self-powered aligned modules which is secured to a suitable surface in order to provide for visual alphanumeric identification either nonelectronically or electronically during hours of daylight and during the hours of darkness, respectively. The self-powered modules include a plurality of photovoltaic cells which charges one or more battery packs for the subsequent illumination of arrangements of alphanumerically arranged light emitting diodes during periods of darkness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Allen L. Van Beek
  • Patent number: 8803766
    Abstract: A large scale LED display has a cable and rigid link support structure for a number of LED modules. The cable and rigid link support structure is flexible but has sufficient structural integrity to prevent misalignment of the pixel modules. The LED modules are removable from the support structure individually and as a group so as to facilitate repair of the display. The LED modules are rugged so as to withstand harsh outdoor conditions and they provide sufficient luminescence for use in sunlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventors: Daniel S. Kline, Matthew W. Shankle, David F. Cox, James C. Lee, Sam R. Sarcia
  • Patent number: 8776414
    Abstract: A media display assembly comprises a support and a sign holder. The support defines a substantially vertical section, a substantially horizontal section, and a bent transition section extending between the substantially vertical section and the substantially horizontal section. The support is formed in a substantially L-shape. The sign holder includes a first panel and a second panel sized substantially identically to the first panel. The first panel and the second panel are coupled to one another along a closed edge of the sign holder and define a slot therebetween them for receiving a sign. The second panel of the sign holder is coupled to the substantially vertical section of the support on a side of the substantially vertical section opposite the substantially horizontal section. The second panel of the sign holder extends in a plane substantially perpendicular to the substantially horizontal section of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy A. Clark, Amy M. Bacskai, Robert G. Logan, David Cheney
  • Patent number: 8766880
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for a pixel module to determine its location in a large scale LED display. The system and method determine the pixel module's location based upon the data received by the module and the identity of the module's port via which the data was received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventors: Hamid Kharrati, Robert J. Sefton
  • Patent number: 8745907
    Abstract: A panel fastening assembly comprising a frame member securable to a beam, an advertising track, a rod mating the frame member and the advertising track, a carrier for retaining an advertising panel therein, and wherein the carrier is secured to the advertising 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: !maginethis Renovations, LLC
    Inventors: Eric S. Boltz, Scott A. Miller, Erik M. Baker
  • Patent number: 8707597
    Abstract: A moisture-protected, bi-directionally viewable portable sign display having a rectangular frame with a removable side that enables configuring a plurality of indicia bearing signs and which is supported by a removable support structure that includes features to prevent moisture damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Dino Cavalieri
  • Patent number: 8615914
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a collapsible display-arrangement (A; B) having a base unit (2) for placing against a support surface (1), a sheet (4) that can be rolled up or unrolled and on which a picture and/or text appears, and also a support (3) for retaining the sheet, the upper edge (4a) of the sheet being arranged for co-operation with said support (3). At least one end part of said upper edge (4a) is designed to be able to be provided with a permanent magnet (7) or the like, and the magnetisation direction or directions is/are so chosen that an attractive force will operate between said permanent magnet (7) and a permanent magnet (7a?) pertaining to an adjacent display arrangement (B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Expand International AB
    Inventor: Christer Zarelius
  • Patent number: 8601729
    Abstract: A modular panel display unit assembly, comprising: an elongated upper plate and an elongated lower plate, both arranged parallel to one another and supported by a first side rail and a second side rail secured therebetween, wherein a backer board is capturably received between the upper plate and the lower plate, and wherein one or more modular display panel units may be connected end to end together, and wherein a display panel is removably attached to a backer board secured between the upper plate and the lower plate thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Rose Displays, Ltd.
    Inventors: David E. Pitcher, Thomas P. Burrous, Rebecca C. Suciu, Alan L. Stenfors, Sidney Rose
  • Patent number: 8578641
    Abstract: A thin, illuminatable graphic support assembly comprising an elongated base rail having an elongated first edge and an elongated second edge; an elongated cover rail having an elongated planar portion arranged along one edge thereof, and an elongated “J” shaped portion arranged along a second edge thereof, the elongated cover rail pivotable between an open orientation and a closed graphic or panel restraining position; an elongated receiving channel arranged in the elongated second edge of the base rail, with a biasing member arranged therein, and a fixture support first channel and a fixture support second channel on an outer lower side of the base rail, to enable the illuminable graphic support assembly to be selectively secured to a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Rose Displays Ltd
    Inventors: Rebecca C. Suciu, Thomas P. Burrous, Pual P. Ellsworth, Alan L. Stenfors, Sidney Rose
  • Patent number: 8516728
    Abstract: Provided is a flexible display apparatus that includes: a flexible display apparatus including: a flexible display panel; a housing including an opening through which the flexible display panel enters and exits the housing; a cylinder disposed within the housing to coil and uncoil the flexible display panel; and a stretcher that selectively extends from the opening to support the flexible display panel, such that the flexible display panel is substantially planar when the flexible display panel is extended outside of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Youn Hwan Jung
  • 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: 8458937
    Abstract: A banner stand having an upright display mode and a collapsed transport mode, the banner stand comprising a banner presenting graphics thereon, a base and a post extending upwardly from the base, a support member selectively operably coupleable with the post to support the banner in an upright display mode, feet selectively changeable from a transport position to a operative position have an exposed alignment surface that cooperates with another such alignment surface on an adjacent banner stand to angularly and positionally control the respective banner stands to position as desired the respective banners. Tops of the banner stands may be coupled, such as by magnets, to further support and control the spacing and positioning of the banners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Skyline Displays, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Fritsche, Dan D. Berg, Jason W. Johnson, John T. Elliott
  • Publication number: 20130055603
    Abstract: An advertisement assembly is configured to be removably secured to a structure. The assembly includes a mounting sub-assembly configured to be removably secured to the structure, and a plurality of advertising members secured to the mounting sub-assembly. The plurality of advertising members are configured to be perpendicular to a surface of the structure. Each of the plurality of advertising members may include planar surfaces connected to front and rear edges. Graphics are displayed on the planar surfaces. The graphics are configured to be viewed from a first point of view or perspective. The plurality of advertising members provide a relatively unobstructed view through the assembly from a second point of view or perspective.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: iSea Store Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Emad Ayad, Filip Tejszerski, Annette Panopio, Leonard Velich, Steven Allen Brenner
  • Patent number: 8365449
    Abstract: A configurable large-depth panel display uses a number of frame members and a number of corner brackets coupled to one another to create an flexible and easily customized display device. The frame members relatively uniform, having a substantially constant cross-sectional configuration which is easily coupled to the frame members. The corner brackets can be configured in a number of different ways to produce a display product with a desired configuration. More specifically, the corner brackets can be configured to attach to frame members in a manner which produce an overall framework having multiple shapes and orientations, depending upon the desired design of the overall display. Various panels, brackets and supports can be easily attached to the frame members using integral portions of the constant cross-sectional configuration. Further, more complex displays can be easily created by simply attaching different framework components to one another thus creating a single structure with multiple panel members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Skyline Displays, Inc.
    Inventors: Dixon Gimpel, Mark Fritsche, Scott Parizek, John Elliott
  • Patent number: 8333026
    Abstract: A system for hanging multiple pictures, photographs, picture frames, or other objects, collectively referred to herein as pictures, in a collage, using a regularly-spaced grid of pegs or other supports that are attached to a wall. Each picture includes one or more sockets, generally along the top of the picture, or one or more of its edges, although in some embodiments a picture can include sockets located elsewhere on the picture. A picture can be attached to the grid by placing it on the grid so that its sockets are supported by the pegs. In accordance with an embodiment, to add a picture to the wall, a user places the top edge of the picture over the grid until its sockets fit around the pegs, and then allows the picture to swing into the wall until it rests against the wall or other supports. To remove the picture, the user gently lifts the picture off the pegs and removes it from the wall. This process can be repeated with multiple pictures to create or change a wall-mounted collage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: CollageWall, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeff Southard
  • Patent number: 8327567
    Abstract: A flexible, scalable multiple frame topology system capable of a wide range of multiple frame geometric topologies. Specifically a series of photographs, a series of photographic letters, or any series of flat, semi-flat, or three-dimensional display objects are displayable in a wide variety of display geometries: a horizontal line of frames, multiple, stacked, horizontal lines of frames, a vertical array of frames, multiple vertical arrays of frames, staggered arrays of frames, diagonal arrays of frames, crossword arrays of frames, and any combinations thereof. Also the disclosed display method is capable of displaying three-dimensional objects on shelves, or glass display cases, shadow boxes, on hooks, interlocking into the display cases—and the geometric display can mix a number of different display frames, for instance, a series of flat framed items with a three dimensional objects at each end of the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventors: Nathan Lawrence Swick, Lori Glenn Swick
  • Publication number: 20120304515
    Abstract: A variety of configurations are disclosed for modular tradeshow display systems that can be assembled without the use of tools or other specialized machinery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: Scott Michael Ceurvels
  • Patent number: 8322060
    Abstract: A retractable double-sided banner stand has a base, two upright posts, a crossbar, and a single banner with graphic image(s) disposed on both sides of the banner. The base generally includes a housing, two housing end cap assemblies, a single core, and a retracting mechanism. The banner is wound around the core, and the retracting mechanism unwinds and winds the banner with respect to the core. The leading edge of the banner is attached to the crossbar, which is wider than the width of the banner. The banner stand has an erect upright mode for displaying the images(s), and a collapsed mode for transporting the banner stand. In the erect mode, the upright posts are retained in the base by means of a quick-release locking mechanism, the banner extends upwardly from the base, and the crossbar engages with, and is supported by, the upper portion of each of the upright posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Skyline Displays, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Parizek, Curtis H. Lindblom
  • Patent number: 8302339
    Abstract: A display system utilizing a graphics box as a primary component is disclosed. The graphics box greatly increases the flexibility and aesthetic appeal of displayed graphics cards. The ability to mass produce the graphics box, use multiple graphics boxes to deliver displays of different size and information content and, especially, the ability to reuse the graphics boxes, means that costs of the disclosed display system are relatively low and are achievable without a decrease in the aesthetic appeal of the entire display. Structures for supporting the graphics box to further increase the flexibility of the display system are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventors: Randy Pender, Van Stry Erik
  • Patent number: 8296981
    Abstract: A novelty advertising system using a plurality of hollow plastic rectangular enclosures simulating stacking boxes of real products to construct an advertising display is herein disclosed. The hollow enclosures provide replaceable advertising inserts depicting the product being sold. Each enclosure is provided with a plurality of interlocking posts and sockets allowing creation of large stable displays without using large quantities of real product which cannot be sold. Such displays can be built with minimal expense while avoiding a danger of toppling displays built with the actual heavy product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventors: Jerry D. Gardinier, Dennis Delfrate
  • Publication number: 20120260547
    Abstract: A presentation banner system is provided which allows multiple banners to be provided side by side to provide a continuous display without gaps between adjacent banners. The banner is stored in a roller in a container the container being longer than the roller and the banner being the same length as the container and the ends of the container are provided with means for attachment of neighbouring containers to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: Iconet Limited
    Inventor: Stuart English
  • Patent number: 8269700
    Abstract: Pixel interleaving configurations for use in high definition electronic sign displays where each and every scan line includes full red, green, and blue color representation to provide for high resolution electronic video sign displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent A. Joffer, Brett David Wendler, Glenn P. Luke, Nathan Lane Nearman, Chad Neal Gloege, Matthew Ray Mueller, Shannon Lee Mutschelknaus, Joseph Gerard Schulte, Eric Steven Bravek, Ryan Mark Hansen
  • Publication number: 20120186119
    Abstract: A modular panel display unit assembly, comprising: an elongated upper plate and an elongated lower plate, both arranged parallel to one another and supported by a first side rail and a second side rail secured therebetween, wherein a backer board is capturably received between the upper plate and the lower plate, and wherein one or more modular display panel units may be connected end to end together, and wherein a display panel is removably attached to a backer board secured between the upper plate and the lower plate thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventors: David E. Pitcher, Thomas P. Burrous, Rebecca C. Suciu, Alan L. Stenfors, Sidney Rose
  • Patent number: 8214059
    Abstract: A self-addressing control unit system and method for controlling a sequence of or an array of display signs comprising of a remote or master controller and a plurality of control units interconnected by a physical or logical parallel electrical bus having multiple connections to transfer data or power between the plurality of control units; wherein the electrical bus further comprises of a main broadcast line, an addressing line and a feedback line to every control unit. The remote or master controller transmits an initial address to a first of the plurality of control units on the addressing line of the bus where a calculator or computer within each of the plurality of control units computes its own address by performing a mathematical operation that changes the initial address by adding a constant of one to the address received to produce its own new address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventors: Richard J. Petrocy, Joseph E. Sidoti
  • Patent number: 8130175
    Abstract: Pixel interleaving configurations for use in high definition electronic sign displays where each and every scan line includes full red, green, and blue color representation to provide for high resolution electronic video sign displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent A. Joffer, Brett D. Wendler, Glenn P. Luke, Nathan L. Nearman, Chad N. Gloege, Matthew R. Mueller, Shannon Lee Mutschelknaus, Joseph G. Schulte, Eric S. Bravek, Ryan M. Hansen
  • Publication number: 20120047783
    Abstract: A sign system comprises one or more box-like modules having a front section and a corresponding rear section sized to fit together in sliding engagement to define an interior cavity. The sections may be joined together with fasteners which engage the side panels of each section thereby leaving the front and rear surfaces free of discontinuities. The sign modules may be affixed to a generally planar surface or supported on internal or external mounting posts. During installation, the rear section may be mounted first and the front section subsequently attached to the rear section. In this way only approximately one-half of the total weight of the sign need be lifted and manipulated at any one time thereby facilitating installation. The interior cavity defined by the front and rear sections may accommodate lighting means for internally lighting the sign.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventor: Salvatore Patrick Mancuso
  • 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.
  • Publication number: 20120023792
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a floor display comprising a floor panel, which panel comprises an upper surface, which upper surface of the panel mostly follows a line from the front of the bottom surface to the top of the side surface, hereby forming an inclined panel. It is the object of the invention to achieve a floor display at the floor in shops or supermarkets. This object can be achieved with a floor display if the upper surface of the panel forms a display area, which display surface comprises a transparent cover, which transparent cover is fixed to the panel at the panel front and at the side surface against the wall or shelf. It can hereby be achieved that the floor near walls or shelves is used for advertisement. As for all customers in shops or supermarkets, the floor is a very important place to use for advertisement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventor: Johan Marius Tryk
  • Patent number: 8074387
    Abstract: A sign system comprises one or more box-like modules having a front section and a corresponding rear section sized to fit together in sliding engagement to define an interior cavity. The sections may be joined together with fasteners which engage the side panels of each section thereby leaving the front and rear surfaces free of discontinuities. The sign modules may be affixed to a generally planar surface or supported on internal or external mounting posts. During installation, the rear section may be mounted first and the front section subsequently attached to the rear section. In this way only approximately one-half of the total weight of the sign need be lifted and manipulated at any one time thereby facilitating installation. The interior cavity defined by the front and rear sections may accommodate lighting means for internally lighting the sign.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Salvatore Patrick Mancuso
  • Patent number: 8028449
    Abstract: A collapsible display arrangement has a base unit for placing against and resting the collapsible display arrangement upon a support surface with a sheet formed from a rollable material. The sheet is rolled or unrolled and has an image. The collapsible display arrangement has a first rod as a support for cooperating with the base unit and for retaining the sheet in an exposed state with the sheet in the exposed state having an upper edge section, a first lateral edge section, and a second lateral edge section. The upper edge section is supported by a second rod provided with end related permanent magnets. Each magnet is oriented and has a magnetization direction and each has an attractive force that will operate between the permanent magnet and an adjacent second oriented permanent magnet. The second permanent magnet is connected to an adjacent second display arrangement, and each of permanent magnet has a magnetization direction causing an attractive force to the second oriented permanent magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Expand International AB
    Inventor: Christer Zarelius
  • Patent number: 8020328
    Abstract: New and unique connecting elements are engage in a versatile manner to construct modular constructions such as construction for exhibition, furniture, platforms, toys, displays etc. The modular construction is mobile and easy to handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventors: Erez Lavi, Gal Indyk
  • Patent number: 7988112
    Abstract: A multi-screen display device includes a display device and a folding bracket. The display device includes a first display frame and a second display frame. The folding bracket includes an inner rotating portion pivotally connected to the first display frame, and an outer rotating portion pivotally connected to the inner rotating portion and pivotally connected to the second display frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Weng-Tiang Tang
  • Publication number: 20110163287
    Abstract: The present invention is a strong, rigid, safety barricade system that is made of a material that is either corrugated or solid and can be assembled around a work or dangerous site to prevent or deter entry thereto and avoid resulting injury or interference with work. The safety barricade system consists of interlocking panels that attach to each other by sliding two, slotted, rigid flaps on the lateral end of one panel into the two slots that form the rigid flaps of another panel, and such panels are attached to an existing structure by use of a U-shaped rod that connects to a panel on one side and, by a suction cup, to the existing structure on the other. After interconnection, the panels are locked in place using a U-shaped interconnecting rod and an irreversible plastic “tie.” The barricade system is lightweight, easy to assemble and portable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventor: Samuel Joseph Massameno