Base Attached To Post Patents (Class 40/607.1)
  • Patent number: 9713760
    Abstract: A marker cone system which provides users with greater spatial awareness and guidance when using marker cones for sports training or other sports and/or non-sports related activities. The marker cone system generally includes a weight which may be installed underneath the marker cone and a post receiver which may be installed within the channel of a marker cone. The post receiver and weight will generally be connected together, such as by threaded engagement, with the marker cone being secured therebetween. A marker post may be removably inserted within the post receiver to improve visibility or provide additional functionality. The marker post may include a slot to reduce wind resistance and one or more receiver openings adapted to removably receive cross members. By utilizing multiple marker posts with post receivers, one may construct a hurdle, fence, goal, or any number of structures for sports or non-sports applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventors: Joshua C. Peacock, Jacob A. Peacock
  • Patent number: 9679502
    Abstract: A graphic display assembly includes a base having a top surface, a bottom surface and a plurality of spaced-apart holes extending through the base between the top surface and the bottom surface. A pillar extends from the top surface of the base and has at least one elongated channel. A sign has a portion that is held by the at least one elongated channel and a remaining portion extending outwardly from the pillar. The sign includes a bottom edge that is spaced apart from the top surface of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert G. Logan, Sara L. Hayden
  • Publication number: 20150143729
    Abstract: A graphic sign fixture is described for use with a vehicle. The graphic sign fixture comprises at least two legs, a sign frame system, and a graphic sign. Each leg includes an upper post section, a lower post section, and a base section. The sign frame system comprises either a silicone edge graphic frame or a first sign frame cross-section member; a second sign frame cross-section member; and a locking system. The weight of the vehicle holds the legs in an upright position when the vehicle's wheels contact the base sections. The method comprises providing a graphic sign fixture, assembling the graphic sign fixture, and placing the wheels of a vehicle in contact with the base sections of the graphic sign fixture, such that the weight of the vehicle holds the legs of the graphic sign fixture in an upright position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Graphic Resource Group
    Inventors: Chester Allen Pyc, Jason Knight
  • Publication number: 20150068083
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pivotable signpost support device. The device includes a signpost support that is vertically aligned with a ground post support, wherein the signpost support is disposed above the ground post support that is affixed to a ground post. The signpost support and the ground post support are secured between first vertical support and a second vertical support. The signpost support is pivotally secured to the first and second vertical supports by means of a pivot bolt having a die spring at an end thereof, so that it can pivot forward and backward relative to the first and second vertical supports. The pivot bolt can tighten the die spring so as to keep the signpost support in an upright position but allowing the signpost support to fall into a collapsed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: John O'Connor
  • Patent number: 8950723
    Abstract: A bracket assembly for securing a vertically disposed elongated cylindrical support member to a vertically disposed post or the like. The bracket assembly includes an upper bracket and a lower bracket. The upper bracket includes upper and lower plate members having uniquely designed openings formed therein. The lower bracket includes upper and lower plate members with the upper plate member of the lower bracket having a uniquely shaped opening formed therein. A clamping means is also provided on the lower plate member of the upper bracket and on the upper plate member of the lower bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: 5/4 Deckor, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Fogelstrom, Leonard J. Hallowell
  • 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: 8887423
    Abstract: A portable traffic sign and safety stand suitable for use directing traffic under changing conditions. The traffic sign may be rotated in the safety stand to change traffic direction to drivers. The safety stand may include safety features such as lighted signs on the sides. In addition, the safety stand is of suitable height for use for stretching, and may have amenities such as cup holders, storage compartments, hand-held radio holders, and hand-held sign holders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Joel T. Morgan
  • Patent number: 8782936
    Abstract: An end frame assembly configured to be coupled to a product display structure includes an elongated post, an arm, and a sign holder. The arm is coupled to and extends away from a top end of the elongated post to define a free end opposite the elongated post, defines an internal cavity, and includes a bottom panel defining two or more slots extending longitudinally through the bottom panel of the arm between the free end and the elongated post. Each of the two or more slots provides access to the internal cavity. The sign holder defines a top edge including a rail section. The rail section slidably couples with the arm via one of the two or more slots and is at least partially maintained within the internal cavity of the arm. The sign holder extends through the slot and hangs downwardly from the bottom panel of the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert G. Logan, Jeremy A. Clark, David H. Cheney, Paul A. Schlough, Jason L. Dusbabek
  • 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: 8650783
    Abstract: A road sign mounting apparatus for displaying a road sign attached to a mounting bracket. The road sign mounting apparatus is adapted for being carried by a circular base having an open interior and a rim, and an upper profile and lower profile. The road sign mounting apparatus comprises a body and a plurality of legs carried by and extending outward from the body. Each of the plurality of legs is intended for being carried by the circular base. A road sign support is pivotally carried by the body and has a first position wherein the road sign support is carried beneath the upper profile of the circular base when carried by the circular base and a second position wherein the road sign support extends in a general vertical direction intersecting the plane defined by the upper profile of the circular base. The road sign support includes a locking mechanism for locking the road sign support in the second position. The road sign mounting apparatus may be carried by a tire having reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventors: Herman Brown, John Evans
  • Patent number: 8640371
    Abstract: A weighted sign post base which may be formed in various weights and has a central portion made of resilient material, such as compression molded rubber, having a universal sign post mounting hole molded into the center of the base. The universal sign post mounting hole is uniquely shaped to create a friction grip sufficient to secure the sign post to the universal sign post base upon insertion of the sign post into the universal sign post mounting hole, thereby eliminating the need of any mounting hardware and allowing speedy erection of the sign.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Robert F. Corr
  • Patent number: 8631755
    Abstract: A device used with a traffic cone to support caution tape includes at least one head extending from a body. The head is received in the opening defined at the top of a typical traffic cone to support the device in an upright position with respect to the cone. The body of the device is adapted to support a section of caution tape. The body may define a slot that allows the tape to be supported in an unfolded condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventors: Erik D. Klein, John Henry Layman
  • Patent number: 8613412
    Abstract: An impact absorbing sign post with quick change-out capability and method is provided. The impact absorbing sign post includes an upper sign post for carrying a sign, an intermediate cylindrical hollow bollard post carrying the upper sign post and a lower hollow bollard post mounted immovably in the ground supporting the intermediate cylindrical hollow bollard post. A easily removable pivot base flexible joint member with a dome portion is mounted between the intermediate cylindrical hollow bollard post and the lower hollow bollard post. A quick change-out spring kit is housed substantially with the lower hollow bollard post in includes a coil spring that is compressed by a tension means such as a cable or chain. When the sign post is impacted by a vehicle and the spring kit is damaged a replacement quick change-out spring kit may be easily installed after removal of the original spring kit without the necessity of removing the lower hollow bollard post from the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Inventor: Ronald W. Donaldson
  • Patent number: 8549779
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Nexxtshow Exposition Services LLC
    Inventor: Scott Michael Ceurvels
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130185971
    Abstract: A signpost system includes a signpost system includes a signpost having a lower-most base end and an opposite upper end opposite the base end, a bore clamp including at least a traffic-side clamp member and a shoulder-side clamp member wherein the traffic-side clamp member is adapted to substantially mount flush into the traffic-side of the bore in the barrier and wherein the shoulder-side clamp member is adapted to mount onto the shoulder-side of the bore, and an elongate selectively adjustable tensioner extending from and between the clamp members for mounting the clamp members in the traffic-side and in the shoulder-side of the bore respectively, and wherein the shoulder-side clamp member is adapted for mounting to the base end of the signpost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: ADAPT-EZE SAFETY PRODUCTS LTD.
    Inventor: ADAPT-EZE SAFETY PRODUCTS LTD.
  • Patent number: 8458938
    Abstract: A bus stop sign and notification device is powered by an electric circuit that includes a solar panel and battery mounted in a battery box on a bus shelter or vertical support pole. The vertical support secures first and second signs and first and second illuminators for information dissemination and visual attraction. Long lasting light-emitting diodes in various colors are mounted on an adjustable or swivel hood that is used to aim the lights. The lights can include a flashing strobe light for attracting the attention of a bus driver at a distance. A reflector shield on the pole can protect wires and reflect different color light when the sign is illuminated and attract attention to the sign at night. The illuminators are activated by a button switch by bus passengers for reading the signs and notifying a driver to stop for passengers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventors: Aaron J. Tucker, Khadijah Nashid-Tucker
  • Publication number: 20130061499
    Abstract: The present disclosure, in one embodiment, relates to a biodegradable mailbox that includes a receptacle. The receptacle has a post attachment integral with the receptacle. The mailbox also includes a post, the post having a first end and a second end, the first end being securely insertable into the post attachment of the receptacle. The mailbox also includes a base into which the second end of the post is securely inserted. The mailbox is comprised of cardboard and contains no glue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: David A. Berglund
  • Publication number: 20130055605
    Abstract: A logo displaying miniature football pylon is disclosed. The pylon includes an elastomeric body having a greater longitudinal, height-wise dimension than a transverse dimension. The pylon has a height-wise bottom portion, which includes a height-wise bottom surface for being seated on a tabletop, and a weighted mass substantially concealed therein, providing stability to the pylon when positioned on the tabletop. The pylon includes a top surface which height-wise opposes the bottom surface, and at least one side surface that includes at least one logo portion, which is at or adjacent to the pylon top surface, and contains logo indicia. From this, the pylon is capable of stably displaying the logo indicia in an upright configuration above the tabletop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: Marty Gilman, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil F. Gilman
  • 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: 8303209
    Abstract: A sectional I-beam post for use along a roadside in which the post has a first elongate lower section securable via a first slip type coupling to a base anchored in the ground. Slip movement of such coupling is in a direction across the length of the post. The first coupling includes L-shaped brackets with one leg thereof attached to the post by bolts so as to be detachable therefrom and notches in the outer end of the other leg which projects outwardly from the post A second elongate upper post section has the lower end thereof connected to the upper end of the first post section by a second slip type coupling. Slip movement of the second coupling is in a direction lengthwise of the post. The second coupling includes an end plate bolted to at least one post section including at least one notch that providing a slip connection with the other post section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Donnie G. Lewis
  • 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: 8297873
    Abstract: A bollard assembly having a post and a sleeve. The post has a cylindrical post wall forming a cavity, an insert included with in the cavity and a longitudinal passage in the post wall. The insert has a helical wedge at its lower end with a gap in the wedge. The sleeve has a cylindrical sleeve wall forming a cavity and a latch pin that is attached to the sleeve wall and extends into the cavity. The sleeve is adapted to receive the post such that the latch pin travels through the passage in the post wall and the gap in the wedge of the insert wherein the insert can then be rotated such that the latch pin and gap are no longer aligned and the latch pin prevents upward movement of the insert and post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Schram Management Company
    Inventors: Michael D. Schram, Jon M. Schram
  • Patent number: 8246012
    Abstract: A construction site fence, or barrier foot plate base unit or foot cover attachment for separating the barrier from traffic and to guide traffic. The base unit attaches a traffic delineator thereon top of the base unit. Also, the base unit may include a pad that is tapered away from the construction site barrier panel foot, creating a gentle sloping ramp, including a combination of the sloping ramp and the delineator mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Tony L. Pasqualini
  • Patent number: 8202020
    Abstract: A traffic control assembly for marking roadways or other marking areas is shown generally having a base, a stake, a pin, a collar, and a flexible marker that extends substantially vertically from the base when in a non-impacted and non-deformed state. The pin passes through pin holes in the stake, collar, and marker when the traffic assembly is installed. The traffic control assembly has fewer parts and is thus easier to install and replace. The pin is in contact with the base to provide support to the stake and prevent it from listing when the assembly is struck by a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: Robert K. Hughes, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120137554
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of advertising and especially with advertising displays and structures that allow assembling advertising devices which show information on two, three, four and more faces to providing full access to advertisement. These devices are characterized by having at least two columns profiles (1) formed by polygonal bases; at least one tank-type lower tubular link profile (2) that functions as a storage tank or reservoir of a liquid or sand to form a base that does not need to be anchored to the ground by means of mechanical fasteners; at least one upper tubular link (3); at least two corner bases (4); at least two upper corners (5); and at least one advertising display support frame (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventor: Fabio Puello
  • Patent number: 8176665
    Abstract: There is disclosed an improved portable stand especially adapted for mounting targets for a shooting range, which consists of a base unit formed by a first leg and a second leg rotationally mounted to the first leg. The first leg is provided with a pair of spaced apart mounting apertures, each of the mounting apertures provided with lock means incorporated therein. At least two vertical arms are adapted to be mounted into each of the mounting apertures and lockingly engaged therein, and the vertical arms are adapted to hold and display a target therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Peter Petrovic
  • Patent number: 8151499
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for displaying an information carrier to passers-by in the vicinity, in particular a carrier on which advertising information is visible, comprising: —a stationary support; —an elongate post arranged on the support; —a carrier which is to be provided with the information to be displayed; —translating means for translating the information carrier reciprocally in longitudinal direction along the post; —rotating means for rotating the information carrier relative to the stationary support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: B & W Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Marinus Waas, Engelardus Wilhelmus Maria Broekman
  • Patent number: 8069596
    Abstract: In the case of a stand for an information sign (2), the support (1) used for the information sign (2) is an L-shaped metal strip which is releasably connected to a base part, ensuring the stability of the stand, and, at its top end, has a pivot pin (14) and coupling discs (22, 23) which are provided with locking protrusions (20) and locking recesses (21), by means of which the information sign (2) can be arrested in different positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: “Durable” Hunke & Jochheim GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Horst-Werner Maier-Hunke
  • Patent number: 8015738
    Abstract: The advertising display stand includes a planar base with two opposed mounting brackets secured on an upper surface of the base. A collapsible support post of a rectangular configuration is secured atop the base due to engagement with the brackets. The collapsible support post in a non-collapsed state includes opposed slots that receive and engage upwardly extending portions of the mounting brackets. An advertising media is provided on or supported by the support post. In one embodiment the support post is formed from stacked elements of a known segmented wall advertising system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Accenta Display Corp.
    Inventor: Ulf Ernetoft
  • Patent number: 7996980
    Abstract: A portable sign stand with wheels or rollers, an adjustable weighted base member, and a sign display member. The base member has one or more compartments so that liquid or solid ballast can be added to stabilize the sign stand in windy conditions. The upper and lower wall members of the otherwise hollow base member are joined together at one or more locations where the sign display member is connected to the base member. The base member can be made by blow molding techniques. Wheels are provided on one edge of the base member in order to allow the sign stand to be rolled and easily moved to different positions. Axle members secure the wheels to the base member. One or more resilient members can be used to connect the sign display member to the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Marketing Displays, Inc.
    Inventors: David U. Hillstrom, Brian J. Hillstrom
  • Patent number: 7930859
    Abstract: A cable marker pole system is described for marking the location of buried utility cabling. The cable marker pole system includes a base for embedding in earth or concrete, and a two-part pole assembly that couples with the base. The two-part pole assembly includes a spring coupling the two pole members to allow the pole assembly to flex if struck. A sign is attached to the top of the pole assembly to indicate what is buried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L. P.
    Inventors: Hossein Eslambolchi, John Sinclair Huffman, Gene Geren
  • Patent number: 7819605
    Abstract: A delineator mounting system has a coupler for mating a delineator having a cylindrical tubular lower end in a curb-like mount having a cavity with square cross-sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventor: Darrell Heald
  • Publication number: 20100263249
    Abstract: The invention relates to a support structure for use in supporting a road sign or the like. A longitudinal tubular support member has a uniform cross-section that includes a plurality of circular or part-circular port sections for receiving an end anchorage. Enclosing wall sections extend between the port sections and are shaped to include a concave form so as to promote inward collapsing of the support member in the event of an impact to the support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventors: Anthony Everitt, Darren Copeland
  • Patent number: 7793910
    Abstract: A surface-mounted base for a breakaway signpost. The base is configured as a sphere so as to present no edges that may be impacted by a vehicle and includes a sunken socket ensuring that no metal shards project above grade after a post is damaged. The base is provided with recessed slots for retaining securing bolts therein. This arrangement prevents the securing bolt heads from being contacted by the undercarriage of a vehicle or mower and plow blades of maintenance machines. The slots also allow for rotation of the base during installation ensuring correct orientation of the signpost. Reflective or florescent materials can be attached to the recesses to enhance night visibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Inventor: Mark T. Salman
  • Publication number: 20100139135
    Abstract: A display comprising a retractable banner stand assembly has a base with a pair of banners extendable therefrom, each banner having a forward surface and a rearward surface. When extended, the banners are arranged in a spaced back face to front face visually overlapping relationship with each banner having graphics on the forward sides of the banner. A forward banner having a different shape than a rearward banner whereby significant portions of the rearward banner may be viewed from directly in front of the banner stand assembly. The precise portion of the rearward banner viewable being dependent upon the viewing angle in front of the display. The base including a housing with each banner being retractable into said housing. In a preferred embodiment the graphics will be aesthetically complementary from the forward banner to the rearward banner; for example, a portion of the graphics on one banner may continue on another banner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: SKYLINE DISPLAYS, INC.
    Inventors: Ian Taylor, Scott Parizek, Mark A. Fritsche
  • Patent number: 7694641
    Abstract: The invention provides marking apparatus for a fire hydrant or other utilities fixtures comprising a mast-holding bracket comprising a hollow pipe, means for removably securing the pipe to the fire hydrant or other utilities fixtures and an elongated mast removably received in the hollow pipe, the mast comprising a solid cylindrical flexible core and a flexible outer shell for mounting on the core, further comprising fastening means for securing the mast to the pipe. The apparatus can be attached to the outlet of a fire hydrant, the hole for the lifting bolt of a transformer or to a junction box, or as part of a concrete pedestal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Inventor: Earl Robert Lockhart
  • Publication number: 20100064563
    Abstract: The invention provides marking apparatus for a fire hydrant or other utilities fixtures comprising a mast-holding bracket comprising a hollow pipe, means for removably securing the pipe to the fire hydrant or other utilities fixtures and an elongated mast removably received in the hollow pipe, the mast comprising a solid cylindrical flexible core and a flexible outer shell for mounting on the core, further comprising fastening means for securing the mast to the pipe. The apparatus can be attached to the outlet of a fire hydrant, the hole for the lifting bolt of a transformer or to a junction box, or as part of a concrete pedestal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventor: Earl Robert LOCKHART
  • Publication number: 20100043265
    Abstract: A portable sign includes a light weight post and an arm that is pivotally attached by a hinge to an upper portion of the post and can be locked orthogonal to the post. The hinge enables the sign to be collapsed, such that the arm folds against the post, to facilitate storage and transport. In one embodiment, the post includes a shaft configured to be driven into the ground using a rotary drive tool. The shaft includes a head configured to engage the tool, which provides the motive force required to drive the lower portion of the post into the ground. Some exemplary embodiments employ a base configured to surround the lower portion of the post. The base can serve several functions, including providing support for the post, providing a container for flowers, and providing space for additional signage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventor: Allal Amrani
  • Patent number: 7661213
    Abstract: A durable yard sign assembly includes: (a) a central message panel including a lightweight, thermoplastic core, lightweight metallic front and rear face sheets, and a plurality of parallel panel apertures within the core; the front and rear face sheets being attached to opposite, front and rear sides of the core; each panel aperture extending from one end of the central panel to the opposite end; (b) two substantially rectangular side posts, each including an open upper end accessing an upper post hollow, each side post including at least two inside side post apertures on an inside wall, and at least one outside side post aperture on an outside wall; (c) at least two panel support rods, each extending through a different one of the panel apertures; (d) at least one pair of support rod connectors, each being connectable to an end portion of the at least two panel support rods; and (e) two removable upper end caps; wherein the yard sign assembly includes an unassembled position for storage or transport, and an
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Inventor: Brantley K. Gainey
  • Publication number: 20100031546
    Abstract: The present invention is an article of manufacture, more particularly a sign. The sign is preferably freestanding, having a post assembly constructed from at least two elongated sections. Each elongated section having two ends, and each elongated section having means for removably connecting one end of the elongated section to the end of another elongated section, thereby creating a post assembly. The bottom end of the post assembly connected to a base, suitable for maintaining the post assembly in a substantially vertical position, and with a top end of the post assembly connected to a sign assembly. One alternative embodiment for the post assembly is to replace one or several of the post sections with springs. An alternative embodiment for the base is a convex bottom, with an outwardly curved section pointing downward. Both of these alternative embodiments, as well as a filled up base promote the upright quality of the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Onah Ikechukwu Nwatu
  • Patent number: 7644927
    Abstract: A modular set of elements are nondestructively assemblable into and disassemblable out of a plurality of configurations of a system for supporting targets and signs on a hard surface or on soft ground. These elements include an upright, a base that upholds the upright and is disposable in a stable manner on a hard surface or on soft ground, a horizontal arm from which to suspend a target or sign, and a brace slidable on the outer surface of the upright that includes a tubular shoulder capable of receiving an end of the horizontal arm. A hanger of unitary molded construction is capable of suspending from a horizontal support a clay target of the type cast by trap or skeet shooting equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Inventor: Verl Law
  • Patent number: 7637226
    Abstract: An emergency signaling apparatus includes a portable base member, a telescopically adjustable and rectilinear pole, a plurality of brackets, and a flag directly coupled to the brackets and adaptable between compressed and expanded positions when the brackets are displaced along a longitudinal length of the pole. A mechanism is included for simultaneously articulating and linearly displacing the pole about at least two mutually exclusive axes respectively in such a manner that the flag is automatically returned to an equilibrium position defined along a vertically oriented plane after being biased about the at least two mutually exclusive axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Inventor: Gina Bradley
  • Patent number: 7617627
    Abstract: A display assembly having at least one foot including a base member with a first end and a second end. A first member extends upwardly from the first end. A second member extends upwardly from the second end. A resilient clamping member extends from the first member toward the second member. A display is positioned adjacent to the second member. The display assembly further includes a display for positioning on the display holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Archbold Container Corporation
    Inventor: John D. Waidelich
  • Publication number: 20090205233
    Abstract: A durable yard sign assembly includes: (a) a central message panel including a lightweight, thermoplastic core, lightweight metallic front and rear face sheets, and a plurality of parallel panel apertures within the core; the front and rear face sheets being attached to opposite, front and rear sides of the core; each panel aperture extending from one end of the central panel to the opposite end; (b) two substantially rectangular side posts, each including an open upper end accessing an upper post hollow, each side post including at least two inside side post apertures on an inside wall, and at least one outside side post aperture on an outside wall; (c) at least two panel support rods, each extending through a different one of the panel apertures; (d) at least one pair of support rod connectors, each being connectable to an end portion of the at least two panel support rods; and (e) two removable upper end caps; wherein the yard sign assembly includes an unassembled position for storage or transport, and an
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Inventor: Brantley K. Gainey
  • Publication number: 20090199446
    Abstract: A sign stand assembly includes a support base with a plate portion defining a locking recess, an upright mast joined to the support base, and at least one leg having a wall defining a hollow interior of the leg. The leg is pivotally attached to the plate portion, and a locking pin carried on the leg, is provided for movement toward and away from the locking recess defined by the plate portion of the support base. An actuator is movable between lock and unlock positions and has a first end portion engaging the locking pin, and an opposed second end portion with a hollow bail member defining a hollow interior for receiving the leg. A fulcrum portion is located adjacent the first end portion and engages the leg, whereby, upon pressing the bail member, the locking pin is retracted to the unlock position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventor: Grant D. Dicke
  • Publication number: 20090178319
    Abstract: A sign support structure includes a broad base plate having opposed upper and lower faces, and a perimeter edge. Substantially equally spaced-apart openings are formed through the base plate along the perimeter from the upper face to the lower face to receive stakes, respectively, to secure the base plate to the ground. A first elongate support has an upper end and an opposed lower end mounted to the base. The first elongate support extends upwardly from the upper face of the base to the upper end. A second elongate support has an inner end mounted to the first elongate support adjacent to the upper end of the first elongate support and extends laterally outward relative to the first elongate support to an outer end. The second elongate support is adapted to hold a real estate sign.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Inventors: JOSE J. ULLOA, Pauline R. Ulloa
  • Patent number: 7537412
    Abstract: A sectional I-beam post for use along a roadside in which the post has a first elongate lower section securable via a first slip type coupling to a base anchored in the ground. Slip movement of such coupling is in a direction across the length of the post. The first coupling includes L-shaped brackets with one leg thereof attached to the post by bolts so as to be detachable therefrom and notches in the outer end of the other leg which projects outwardly from the post. A second elongate upper post section has the lower end thereof connected to the upper end of the first post section by a second slip type coupling. Slip movement of the second coupling is in a direction lengthwise of the post. The second coupling includes plates bolted to one post section and having notches that provide a slip connection with the other post section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Inventor: Donald G. Lewis
  • Patent number: 7530543
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a central support shaft that has an elongated shape provided with axially opposed ends. Rectilinear legs have opposed ends conjoined to the bottom support shaft end and extending outwardly therefrom at an oblique angle. The legs are pivotal between compressed and expanded positions. Auxiliary support shafts have elongated shapes provided with opposed medial and lateral ends. The auxiliary shafts are pivotally conjoined to the brackets and pivotal about the medial ends, such that the auxiliary shafts can be independently biased between vertical and horizontal positions. Brackets are attached to the central support shaft and spaced along a longitudinal length thereof. Clamps are positional along the auxiliary shafts. Each clamp is adaptable between open and closed positions for releasing and gripping the window blind. The window blind is centrally registered between the auxiliary support shafts during cleaning operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Inventor: Carl M. Kremzar
  • Patent number: 7503135
    Abstract: A mobile sign carrier that mounts on a vehicle receiver hitch and method of use are provided. The mobile sign carrier has a base, a vertical piece and two cross pieces that fold down to form a cross shape. Four sliding brackets are provided, each having permanently attached a square, flat piece, which sliding brackets are mounted one each on each of the cross pieces and one each on the first end and the second end of the vertical piece. The sliding brackets are positioned and secured by means of a fastener to accommodate signs of different sizes. The mobile sign carrier provides a securing device for use on a vehicle with a tailgate. Safety chains further secure the vertical piece to the trailer hitch. A strobe light and night reflective tape are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Inventor: William Estill Chafin