Highway Or Street Marker Patents (Class 40/612)
  • Patent number: 9387799
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present disclosure, a safety sign board system attached to an inner surface of a trunk lid of an automobile comprises an upper case 20 having a space for receiving a safety sign board and attached to the inner surface of the trunk lid of the automobile, a support coupled with a front portion of the upper case via a hinge, and the safety sign board shaped as a triangle, having an upper plate and a lower plate attached to each other, and attached to the support via a bolt. A plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) or lamps are formed on a surface of the upper plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventor: Su Il Kang
  • Patent number: 9213957
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for system and method for providing just-in-time loading zone parking is provided. A next delivery destination for a delivery driver is determined. A just-in-time parking reservation at the next delivery destination is booked. The just-in-time parking reservation includes a parking location and start time. A time of arrival by the delivery driver at the parking location is estimated. An amount of time between the estimated time of arrival and the start time of the just-in-time parking reservation is determined. Parking in the parking location by other drivers is permitted when the estimated time of departure is sufficiently prior to the start time of the just-in-time parking reservation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Ellen Isaacs, Peter Jarvis, Robert Thomas Krivacic, Roger Hoover
  • Patent number: 9208706
    Abstract: A prefabricated sign assembly that is self-supporting once set in the ground. The sign assembly has a base post. The base post has a bottom ground spike and a top free end. An extender post is provided. The extender post slides over the top of the base post. An internal support post is provided. The bottom of the internal support post slides over the top of the extender post. A sign board is provided having a first face panel and a second face panel. The two face panels are joined at a spine panel. A polygonal hole is disposed through the spine panel. The internal support post extends through the hole, wherein the internal support post and the hole rotationally interlock. The first face panel and the second face panel of the sign board are folded against the internal support post and are secured with fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: Steven Baron
  • Patent number: 9152975
    Abstract: The invention relates to wayfinding devices including an integral changeable space for advertisements which enable the municipality to provide pedestrian wayfinding and reduce or eliminate the cost of such wayfinding system. The wayfinding device includes a stylized compass and a message element. The stylized compass defines an inner space and is intended to be embedded in a concrete panel and installed in a sidewalk, building façade, kiosk bus stop shelter and/or planter among other possibilities. The advertising element is positioned within the inner space defined by the stylized compass and includes an inner element and a centerpiece removable from the inner element. The centerpiece has a surface having a message portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventor: Nathaniel Kent Covington
  • Patent number: 9032652
    Abstract: A road sign, for viewing by primary traffic and right-angled traffic comprises a sign plate having a first indicia representative of the sign's message directed to the primary traffic and a lateral member having a second indicia. In a preferred embodiment, the lateral member has suitable dimensions, is suitably positioned relative to the sign plate and has suitable second indicia so as to give the appearance, when viewed by right-angled traffic, that a portion of the sign plate was bent substantially perpendicular to the sign's normal orientation along substantially the vertical axis of the sign. Additional embodiments are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Arthur Samuel Barker
  • Publication number: 20150068084
    Abstract: An advertising bollard assembly, comprising: a main body defining an interior and an outer surface; one or more compressible inserts positioned in the interior of the main body, the compressible inserts being configured to be positioned on a bollard to couple the advertising bollard assembly to the bollard; and an attachment mechanism coupled to the outer surface of the main body, the attachment mechanism being configured to receive one or more advertisements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Jacob Walters, Thomas Charles Walters
  • Patent number: 8925225
    Abstract: A mailbox protector may include a deflection surface adapted to deflect impacting snow and debris thrown by a snow plow. A mailbox protector may also include at least one anchor member in a fixed relation to the deflection surface. It may further include a complementary anchor member adapted to engage the at least one anchor member in a mounting relation. Furthermore, the at least one complementary anchor member may be adapted to be fixedly disposed in an arbitrary substrate such as concrete, or soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Judith Fiore
  • Publication number: 20140338240
    Abstract: A road sign, for viewing by primary traffic and right-angled traffic comprises a sign plate having a first indicia representative of the sign's message directed to the primary traffic and a lateral member having a second indicia. In a preferred embodiment, the lateral member has suitable dimensions, is suitably positioned relative to the sign plate and has suitable second indicia so as to give the appearance, when viewed by right-angled traffic, that a portion of the sign plate was bent substantially perpendicular to the sign's normal orientation along substantially the vertical axis of the sign. Additional embodiments are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Arthur Samuel BARKER
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140196329
    Abstract: An article (101) is provided which includes a plurality of panels (103), wherein each panel comprises a first edge having a first longitudinally extending protrusion (107) adjacent thereto and a second edge having a second longitudinally extending protrusion (109) adjacent thereto, wherein each of the first and second protrusions has a planar exterior surface (131) and an interior surface (133) having an indentation (135) therein, and wherein the plurality of panels are arranged in an abutting manner such that the planar exterior surface of at least one first protrusion and at least one second protrusion are disposed in an opposing relation to each other. A coupler (113) is also provided which extends over said first and second protrusions. The coupler is equipped with at least a first protuberance (145) which engages the indentation on the interior surface of the first protrusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Image Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventor: Alex Abadi
  • Publication number: 20140165437
    Abstract: A road sign, for viewing by primary traffic and right-angled traffic comprises a sign plate having a first indicia representative of the sign's message directed to the primary traffic and a lateral member having a second indicia. In a preferred embodiment, the lateral member has suitable dimensions, is suitably positioned relative to the sign plate and has suitable second indicia so as to give the appearance, when viewed by right-angled traffic, that a portion of the sign plate was bent substantially perpendicular to the sign's normal orientation along substantially the vertical axis of the sign. Additional embodiments are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Arthur Samuel BARKER
  • Patent number: 8742917
    Abstract: A warning triangle has a simplified structure and is operable in accordance with the requirement of energy saving and manufactured at lower cost. The warning triangle structure includes a first board body, a second board body and a third board body, which are assembled with each other. Each of the board bodies has a first face and a second face, which together define an internal cavity. At least one light source and a light guide strip for guiding light are disposed in the cavity. The second and third board bodies are pivotally connected with movable stands for supporting the warning triangle in use. The second and third board bodies can be selectively collapsed onto the first and second faces of the first board body to minimize the volume of the warning triangle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Chang-Hsien Ho
  • Patent number: 8733001
    Abstract: A safety sign that has a front panel with cut out letters or numbers that form the word or message of the sign. Behind the front panel a predetermined distance can be a reflective panel or other surface. Light from an oncoming vehicle can reflect from this reflective panel through the cut out letters causing the sign to function like any other safety sign when not lighted. One or more light sources like LEDs can be mounted facing the reflective panel at angles so that light from these sources is reflected from the reflective panel and out through the cut out letters causing the sign to increase significantly in visibility at night or in other low light conditions. Further light sources can be located around the periphery of the sign or around the word or words on the sign. All or part of the light sources can be made to blink, and the system can optionally be made to turn off during the daytime. The sign can be run from AC power or battery power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Ray Gallet
  • Patent number: 8707596
    Abstract: A street sign mounting assembly has a universal sign post cap and at least one sign holder bracket. The cap is universally adapted to fit common street sign posts including, without limitation, square, round and U-channel posts. The sign holder brackets are designed to hold street signs of varying thicknesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventors: Steven E. Smith, Marcel G. Peterson
  • Publication number: 20140104057
    Abstract: HASK 10 is configured to alert other drivers on the highway to the presence of the stationary vehicle through the use of these major components and additional components. HASK 10 is also configured to assist other drivers to evade or avoid a hazardous condition by alerting other drivers of the stationary vehicle before other drivers reach the stationary vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: THE FUTURE 33 LLC
    Inventor: John Futrell
  • Publication number: 20140101978
    Abstract: A paving advertisement has an elongated flexible tape body with a base substrate layer. The base substrate layer has front and rear faces, the front face having at least one text message that conveys information. The base substrate layer includes a cold crack additive, such as polyvinyl chloride, thereby increasing its strength and flexibility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Gregory W. Gorman
  • 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: 8650782
    Abstract: Highway or railroad sign assemblies having partial view obstructing means on their edges, mounted at an inclined position between or above road lanes or railroad tracks wherein vehicles or trains are traveling in opposite directions, and adapted to warn drivers that are going in the wrong direction without confusing drivers going the right way, and methods for so positioning such sign assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventors: Tim Richard Miles, Sharyn Bills Miles
  • 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: 8607488
    Abstract: An advertising system for a bollard includes a bollard shield that can be installed over a conventional bollard. The bollard shield includes a shield inner diameter greater than the bollard outer diameter, forming a shield gap between the bollard and the bollard shield. One or more compressible foam pads are positioned in the shield gap between the bollard and the bollard shield. A resilient bollard sheath can be rolled onto the bollard shield. The bollard sheath includes advertising or graphical materials disposed thereon. The bollard sheath is generally replaceable without replacing the entire bollard shield. A removable sheath panel may be detachably secured on the bollard sheath to provide additional advertising or graphical material. The sheath panel may be interchangeably and replaced with additional sheath panels having different advertising information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Screen Trans Development Corp.
    Inventor: Brandon Steele Johnston
  • Patent number: 8590190
    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 rigidly 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: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: J.E. White LLC
    Inventor: Franklin B. White
  • Publication number: 20130305575
    Abstract: Highway or railroad sign assemblies having partial view obstructing means on their edges, mounted at an inclined position between or above road lanes or railroad tracks wherein vehicles or trains are traveling in opposite directions, and adapted to warn drivers that are going in the wrong direction without confusing drivers going the right way, and methods for so positioning such sign assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Tim R. Miles, Sharyn Bills Miles
  • Publication number: 20130283657
    Abstract: The road sign comprising a casing with an integrated post or a casing with a clamping element, characterized in that it is provided with a supporting matrix consisting of a load-bearing ribbed core (1) with vertically or horizontally oriented ribs (2) and grooves between the ribs, having a shape and size of its peripherals (3) adjusted to the shape and size of the casing, and with at least one reinforcing rod (5) situated perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis of the ribs (2) in the ribs' (2) apertures, and, additionally, characterized in that the casing side panels are provided with impressions (7) adjusted to the shape and thickness of the sign.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: Roman Michalczak
  • Patent number: 8555535
    Abstract: A traffic sign holder includes a first side for night use and an opposite second side for day use. Both sides of the traffic sign holder removably accept traffic signs which contain traffic control instructions. The first side contains a selectively energizable light and at least one reflector. The second side also includes at least one reflector, and is colored a bright color. Two base members are pivotally connected to the bottom of the traffic sign holder, and are selectively positionable to a locked extended position for placement on the surface of a road, and to a collapsed position for storage. Weights can be selectively connected to the traffic sign holder to provide stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Ted J. Watson
  • Patent number: 8519870
    Abstract: Indicia for providing a visual clue of the position of a vehicle on a race track preferably includes at least one of a first wall indicia strip and a first shoulder indicia strip being formed around the entire race track. At least one of a second wall indicia strip and a second shoulder indicia strip are formed starting at the beginning of the second turn and ending at the start/finish line. At least one of a third wall indicia strip and a third shoulder indicia strip are formed starting at substantially the half way point of the second straight and ending at the start finish line. At least one of a fourth wall indicia strip and a fourth shoulder indicia strap are formed starting at the beginning of the fourth turn and ending at the stop/finish line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventor: Robin A. Peterson
  • Patent number: 8517627
    Abstract: A preferred embodiment of the invention provides a method of placing visible advertising on the upper surface of a road (1). This method includes determining the location of any traffic control signs that are applied to the surface of the road, such as the location of signs (22, 25). Following from this, two exclusion zones (31, 32) are defined. These zones extend from the respective signs (22, 25) and terminate at a predetermined minimum distance from the signs. Advertising is then applied to the surface such that it overlies neither the signs nor the exclusion zones. Particularly, the advertising has been placed in the areas bounded by rectangles (33, 34), which are respectively disposed within lanes (7, 8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Rhino Advertising Pty Limited
    Inventor: Caleb Myers
  • Patent number: 8429841
    Abstract: A portable and solar powered traffic safety system functioning like a decoy police car. The system features a display panel with a picture of a police car and a light component with red and blue lights. The display panel is mounted on a solar panel frame atop a base and is held in place by a securing means. The base features legs each with a ballast to help support the base and prevent the system from tipping due to high winds. The system of the present invention can be used in a variety of locations, for example in rural or urban settings, residential areas, hospitals, schools, and construction zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventor: Butch Ernest J. Keller
  • Patent number: 8413360
    Abstract: A bollard covering and advertisement assembly constructed to protect a bollard structure from damage incurred from various surface and structural degrading phenomena, and further include one or more advertising indicia to increase the visibility of the bollard structure and convey messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Jacob Walters
  • Publication number: 20130047477
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of improving roadway safety by increasing societal awareness and providing a recognizable symbol or figure that alerts motorists of upcoming roadway hazards, construction sites and broken down vehicles and triggers a compliant response. The method includes the introduction of a safety alert figure or symbol, which can be utilized in a broad marketing, advertising and educational campaign for the purposes of increasing roadway safety and awareness, particularly for commonly dangerous roadway environments involving motorists and pedestrians or roadway workers. The method also comprises the physical implementation of the figure as a roadway sign, alerting motorists and directing traffic while affiliating the sign with the campaigned figure. The goal is to increase roadway awareness, increase motorist compliance with roadway signs and reduce the instances of injury or fatality as a result of roadway collisions in these environments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: Lateefah Conner
  • Patent number: 8359775
    Abstract: The present invention provides a portable multi-purpose sign and device having a housing with a proximal end and a distal end, a support member positioned on one side of the housing, a collapsible tripod assembly pivotally attached to the proximal end of the housing, a cover having substantially the same shape and configuration as the housing and pivotally attached to the proximal end, and a removable display device removably mounted on the support member and stored between the housing and the cover in a collapsed configuration. The collapsible tripod assembly further includes a plurality of leg extensions pivotally attached one to another and nestable within one another in a collapsed configuration to house within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Hussain Y. A. M. Mothaffar
  • Patent number: 8333027
    Abstract: An interchangeable address signage system utilizes one or more address tiles retained on a backplate. The backplate has a top rail and a bottom rail, with tabs extending from the rails. The address tiles each notches on their top surfaces and their bottom surfaces which correspond to the tabs on the rails of the backplate. The address tiles are either retained between the tabs extending from the rails or by the positioning of the tabs within the notches of the address tiles, depending on the number of tiles being placed on the backplate. A separable support frame attached to the backplate maintains the backplate and tiles in position. A display member which extends from the support frame provides for interchangeable decorative displays to be attached to the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Zenith Innovation, LLC
    Inventors: Peter S. Vosbikian, Robert Petner
  • 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
  • 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: 8281509
    Abstract: A nautical navigation aid comprising a photoluminescent element and a light wave re-directing means for improved photoluminescent qualities used to enhance the safety of nautical travelers on waterways in conditions where visibility is limited. The navigation aid sign has a first rigid sheet member having an upper surface, a lower surface and a peripheral edge, a second rigid sheet member having an upper surface and a lower surface extending outward from the peripheral edge of the first rigid sheet member at a predetermined angle to a predetermined length, thereby defining an angled collar of the first rigid sheet member sized and configured to redirect light waves emanating from a light source, and a luminescent layer. It is envisioned that an embodiment of the present invention might also include a means for retrofitting existing nautical navigation aids with a photoluminescent element and a light wave re-directing means for improved photoluminescent qualities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventor: Edwin Perez
  • Publication number: 20120167422
    Abstract: This design is a new multi-colored crosswalk sign with distinctive 3D vision. It belongs to road traffic sign field and includes crosswalk sign, crosswalk lane line with two trapezoids added to both ends of the white rectangle and parallel elongate trapezoids designed on both sides of the white rectangle. The trapezoids at both ends and the parallel elongate trapezoids on both sides are in different colors so that the crosswalk sign takes the appearance of distinctive 3D vision, which reminds pedestrians and drivers to be more careful.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventors: Chun Huang, Zhi Jing Huang, Ren Zhi Lou
  • 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.
  • Patent number: 8171664
    Abstract: A display stand for a laptop computer has an L-shaped spine supporting the computer. A T-shaped upper advertising substrate holder can be slid into the vertical leg of the spine in one of multiple orientations, i.e., with the cross-bar of the T horizontal to the ground or vertical to the ground on either the left side or right side of the computer, as point of sale (POS) physical constraints demand. In all orientations of the upper holder, an upper advertising substrate is supported by the upper holder in a vertical orientation. A T-shaped lower advertising substrate holder can be slid into the horizontal leg of the spine to support a lower advertising substrate in a horizontal orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Jan Buncher
  • Patent number: 8164483
    Abstract: A portable signal system for use by crossing guards, roadway construction flaggers and the like. The signal system is positioned in or alongside a roadway and remotely controllable progressively from an idle or stop mode through a warning stage and ultimately to a traffic stop mode as the signal system frontal profile greatly expands in the face of oncoming motorists. In a warning stage, the signal system presents a flashing amber light array. Following an initial warning period, articulated arms journalled on said signal system and carrying stop signal signs including red lights are swiveled outwardly to stop mode confronting motorists in oncoming traffic. A motor driven gear disk operates through pivoted drive links to control laterally outward and inward movement of the articulated arms carrying the stop signs. The system may be manually moved by handles on wheels to its operational location and anchored in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Nathaniel Phillips
  • Patent number: 8122629
    Abstract: A collapsible sign comprising a pivotal sign carrying member, an upright member hingedly attached to the pivotal sign carrying member, and a foldable support member adapted to stabilize the upright member and the pivotal sign carrying member. The pivotal sign carrying member may be adapted to lock into a substantially perpendicular arrangement with the upright member, or fold into a substantially parallel arrangement with the upright member. A flexible membrane may be rolled around the pivotal sign carrying member. Further, the collapsible sign may include a foldable support having an asymmetric arrangement of legs attached to the upright member. Alternatively, the collapsible sign may include a support member comprising a base member in a perpendicular arrangement with the upright member, and including penetration means for stabilizing the upright member and the sign carrying member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: John Cowgill
  • Patent number: 8122630
    Abstract: A rib-engaging support is made from a unitary web having four panels, including two inner panels and two outer panels, with each panel having the shape of an isosceles trapezoid. Each panel includes a base side and a top side parallel to each other, and a pair of equal sides extending between the base side and the top side. The inner panels have a smaller size and are joined together at their bases. The outer panels have a larger size, with their top sides joined to the top sides of respective inner panels along respective fold lines. The web is folded such that the inner panels are folded one on top of the other and the outer panels are folded one on top of the other, with the inner panels on top of the outer panels. A rib-receiving pocket is formed between the inner panels and the outer panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Dicke Tool Company
    Inventors: Grant Donald Dicke, Vera Dicke, legal representative
  • Patent number: 8117776
    Abstract: A bracket for mounting an article, such as a roll-up fabric sign, on a mast, includes a body and a clamp on the body for securing the bracket at a desired location on the mast. A receptacle on the body is provided for receiving a portion of the article. The bracket body may be secured in first and second different orientations on the mast at the desired location, the first operational orientation being one in which the receptacle is positioned forwardly of a forward surface of the mast, for receiving the article portion, and the second non-operational orientation being one in which substantially no portions of the bracket body are positioned forwardly of the mast forward surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Traffix Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Geoffrey B. Maus
  • Publication number: 20120011755
    Abstract: There is disclosed an information display device, which comprises a ground attachment structure having a convex upper face, and a cooperating convex removable, transparent top cover, between which an information display support is arranged. The structure is hollowed-out on its upper face with channels enabling water to flow towards openings for discharging water to the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventor: Ludovic Bertrand
  • Patent number: 8096072
    Abstract: One example embodiment disclosed herein includes a sign substrate including a front side and a back side, a reflective traffic sign layer to reflect a light to display a traffic message to traffic, the reflective traffic sign layer coupled to the front side of the sign substrate, a light blocking layer masking the reflective traffic sign layer to prevent the light from reflecting a ghost image of the message through the light blocking layer to the traffic and a replacement reflective traffic sign layer disposed on top of the light blocking layer, the replacement reflective traffic sign layer to reflect the light to display a reflected replacement message to the traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Safety Signs
    Inventor: Jay Blanchard
  • Publication number: 20110285548
    Abstract: A traffic sign includes a post; a base plate mounted on the post; at least one panel formed on the base plate, at least one panel formed on the base plate, each of the at least one panel being red, yellow, green, or blue; and at least one letter each formed on the panel, each of the at least one letter being “E” indicating east, “W” indicating west, “S” indicating south, or “N” indicating north. The traffic sign has colors of the panels chosen by considering common sense into consideration. A motorist may see the color of each panel of a traffic sign well ahead of the automobile driving on a highway. This is because the eyes are more sensitive to colors. A motorist can easily decide when to leave the highway when seeing the color of the panel with the further indication of the direction letter therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventor: Tony Chi-Tien Liu
  • Patent number: 8040252
    Abstract: A signal sequence of a traffic signal is notified for a driver of a vehicle that is heading for an intersection by using a signal sequence notification apparatus. If the apparatus determines, based on received signal sequence information, that the information indicates that the traffic signal is currently allowing an entrance into the intersection having the next signal sequence indicating that entrance is not allowed with no right turning permission, the driver receives warning about the entrance into the intersection. The warning thus decreases the possibility of the vehicle to be brought to a standstill in the intersection due to the traffic signal that has a signal sequence of no right/left turn by the right/left turn light after a signal change from GO to STOP regarding the straight traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: DENSO Corporation
    Inventor: Yutaka Namikawa
  • Patent number: 8024881
    Abstract: A display apparatus is disclosed that includes a screen and a frame system positioned to support the screen. The frame system includes a plurality of frame members, a hinge that couples the frame members together, and a lock that blocks relative movement of the frame members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Draper, Inc.
    Inventor: Shanon O Redmon
  • Patent number: 8006421
    Abstract: A street sign, made typically at least in part using an extrusion process, having a flat elongated section where the name of a street can be inscribed or otherwise indicated, and a length of thickened section along the top edge or the bottom edge of the flat elongated section, and including a channel or slot along at least a portion of the length of the thickened section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Ibis Tek, LLC.
    Inventor: Michael R. Rykaczewski
  • Patent number: 8002493
    Abstract: A flexible marker post assembly having a base, first and second members of an elastomeric material secured to the base and extending upwardly therefrom, the first and second flexible members each having respective first and second side walls with a concave recess formed on each of the side walls, substantially rigid post mounted intermediate of an upper portion of the first and second flexible members with the post having a lower end secured to an upper portion of the first and second flexible members. The provision of concave recesses permits a better bending action when the post is struck at an angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Inventor: Sylvain Audet
  • Patent number: 7997547
    Abstract: A bracket for mounting an article, such as a roll-up fabric sign, on a mast, includes a body and a clamp on the body for securing the bracket at a desired location on the mast. A receptacle on the body is provided for receiving a portion of the article. The bracket body may be secured in first and second different orientations on the mast at the desired location, the first operational orientation being one in which the receptacle is positioned forwardly of a forward surface of the mast, for receiving the article portion, and the second non-operational orientation being one in which substantially no portions of the bracket body are positioned forwardly of the mast forward surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Traffix Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Geoffrey B. Maus
  • Patent number: 7955023
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a structure for supporting a road support including: a base plate fixedly disposed on ground in such a manner as to be spaced apart by a predetermined distance from the surface of ground; a slip plate slidably disposed on the top surface of the base plate; a coupling body protruded upwardly from the center portion of the top surface of the slip plate in such a manner as to be insertedly coupled to the inner lower end portion of a support body; and a plurality of clips each having an approximately ‘’ or ‘C’-like shape so as to receive the edges of the base plate and the slip plate thereinto, each of the plurality of clips having a fixing bolt fastened to a female screw passed through the top end portion thereof so as to compressedly support the top surface of the slip plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignees: Korea Institute of Construction Technology, Kongju National University Industry-University Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Jung Gon Sung, Duk Geun Yun, Man Gi Ko, Kee Dong Kim