Detachable Connector Patents (Class 40/730)
  • Patent number: 10056015
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Microstrate Inc.
    Inventor: Alex Abadi
  • Patent number: 9687091
    Abstract: A display system includes at least one picture frame with a front face having an inner perimeter edge sized and shaped to frame a display item therein; and a sidewall. The sidewall, together with the front face, at least partially forms a hidden recessed channel disposed behind the front face of the picture frame so as to be concealed behind the front face when viewed by the viewer from the front side of the picture frame and simultaneously unconcealed from a lateral side of the picture frame when viewed by the viewer from the lateral side of the picture frame in a wall-mounted configuration. The sidewall defines a plurality of bore-holes sized to receive a partial length of a coupling member therein and oriented to receive the partial length of the coupling member therein from the lateral side of the picture frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Andre Jhagroo
  • Patent number: 8925227
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a display backplane and an LCD device. The display backplane comprises multiple supporting brackets and a connecting slot, wherein, the connecting slot comprises a sliding slot and a protruding platform, and the protruding platform is sliding held in the sliding slot, and at least two of the brackets can rotate relatively about a first rotation axis perpendicular to the plane of the display backplane. After rotation, the display backplane formed by the brackets is smaller in volume such that it can reduce the volume occupied by the packing and shipping during transportation process of the display backplane in order to reduce the packing and shipping cost during transportation process of the display backplane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yi-cheng Kuo, Yu-chun Hsiao, Chengwen Que, Pangling Zhang, Dehua Li
  • Publication number: 20140047747
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include systems and methods for a modular frame system. The frame system provides flexibility and ease in configuring a visual display. In embodiments, the frame system may include additional elements such as whiteboards, magnetic boards, shelves, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventor: JEFFERY L. JACKSON
  • Publication number: 20130152441
    Abstract: The present invention is a multiframe and multiplanar picture holder that includes an outer frame that encloses a plurality of display frames such that each of said plurality of display frames is in contact with at least one other of said plurality of picture holders. Attachment segments within and/or around the outer frame have slots or other structures to receive extension frames each of which extend from the attachment segments. Both the display frames and the extension frames may be used to hold photos or similar display items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: UMBRA LLC
    Inventor: Matthew J. Carr
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 7694446
    Abstract: A modular picture frame apparatus includes a plurality of housings. Each of the housings is configured to removably receive at least one picture. Each of the housings has a panel with a first edge, a second edge, a third edge, and a fourth edge. The first and second edges are positioned opposite of each other. A back side of the panel includes at least one mounting member to facilitate the mounting of the panel on a wall. An upper flange is attached to a front side of the panel adjacent to the first edge. A lower flange is attached to the front side adjacent to the second edge. Each of the upper and lower flanges has an elongated slot therein. A picture is positionable in the slots in the upper and lower flanges. At least one coupler removably couples together two of the housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Inventor: Tammie Bea
  • Publication number: 20090049727
    Abstract: A picture frame assembly, including a central picture frame and a plurality of picture frames. Each picture frame in the plurality of picture frames is fastened to the central picture frame or to another picture frame in the plurality of picture frames. In some aspects, each picture frame is fastened to the central picture frame, each picture frame is fastened to another picture frame in the plurality of picture frames, or each picture frame is fastened to the central picture frame and to another picture frame in the plurality of picture frames. In some aspects, the plurality of picture frames encircles or is continuously disposed about the central picture frame, the plurality of picture frames is intermittently disposed about the central picture frame, or the assembly includes a peripheral picture frame connected to at least one picture frame in the plurality of picture frames and disjoint from the central frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: Umbra LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Vincent
  • Publication number: 20090013577
    Abstract: A picture frame system including one or more frames. Each frame is generally rectangular and rigid and can be molded from a polystyrene based plastic or similar material. Each frame is arranged for use with a standard-sized photographic print. The one or more frame includes a front wall with an opening to expose the photographic print and has planar side walls along the periphery of the front wall and extending rearward from the front wall. Recesses obscured by the front wall are provided in the side walls for receiving a connection means for securing adjacent frames together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Applicant: AskRemco LLC
    Inventor: Johannes Hendrik Barnard
  • Patent number: 7437846
    Abstract: A dual window display box for displaying two objects includes a display arrangement and an attachment arrangement. The display arrangement includes at least two displaying frames, wherein each of the displaying frames has a displaying window and defines a storage cavity between the displaying frames when the displaying frames are overlapped with each other for the first and second objects receiving in the storage cavity. The attachment arrangement includes a first attaching member provided on one of the displaying frame and a second attaching member which is provided on another the displaying frame and is detachably attached to the first attaching member to detachably engage the displaying frames in an overlapped manner such that the display arrangement provides dual display effect on the opposed displaying windows of the displaying frames for individually displaying the first and second objects at two opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Inventors: Natali Franco, Stephen G. E. Crane
  • Patent number: 7341767
    Abstract: A system for storing and displaying pom pons is provided with a frame and a plurality of securement members positioned in a spaced-apart relationship with one another along opposite side portions of the frame. The securement members releasably secure the gripping portion of pom pons. A multi-segmented frame may be provided that allows the segments to move independently from one another. Spirit adornment may be provided to the frame as well as shaping the frame itself to exhibit such adornment. Various hanging and ground supports are provided for supporting the frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Inventor: Frank J. Velinsky
  • Patent number: 6951068
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for displaying works of art is disclosed. In one embodiment, a display unit is used to display artwork. The display unit is comprised of at least one overlay section set having at least two overlay sections. It also has at least one clip for securing said overlay sections together. The display unit has at least one securing platform to support said overlay section set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: Pikture Klips LLC
    Inventor: Sean B. Weatherill
  • Patent number: 6705034
    Abstract: A frame for a sheet of a display material such as a photograph includes a backing support having a locating member to receive and locate the sheet of display material to be displayed, a transparent cover sheet for holding the display material in position while enabling the sheet to be visible and a holding member for holding the transparent cover sheet in position. The holding member is removable from the front to enable the transparent cover sheet to be removable for replacement of the sheet of display material from the front of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Snap Dragon Displays LTD
    Inventor: Helen Thea Cahill
  • Patent number: 6677918
    Abstract: LED image display system with rigid frames positioned in at least one vertical stack forming a planar vertical display, with vertical rigid bar members mounted to each of the frames and with equal spacing, and LED pixels mounted to each bar member. The pixels are equally spaced apart forming a matrix of pixels that project colored light beams. A rod bearing weight of the frames in tension is connected to each of the frames, and the rods have top and bottom connectors. Top connector of top frame is removably secured to an overhead support while bottom frame is spaced from stage or other surface. Bottom ring connector of weight-bearing rod of each stacked frame is removably connected to top hook connector of each below stacked frame. Each weight-bearing rod includes rod portions threadably connected to a turnbuckle for tightly positioning all adjoining frames of the stack; and system includes controls receiving video signals and processing same as either still color images and/or color animated images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Inventors: Yuji Yuhara, Hiroyuki Kodama
  • Publication number: 20030056413
    Abstract: A display system for displaying graphics is disclosed. A display system may include a first frame configured to be coupled to the support surface, a first panel configured to be removably coupled to the first frame, and a first graphic component provided on the first panel. The display system may further include a second frame configured to be coupled to the support surface, a second panel configured to be removably coupled to the second frame, and a second graphic component provided on the second panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2002
    Publication date: March 27, 2003
    Inventors: James A. Wiemer, Richard P. Hornblad
  • Publication number: 20020059745
    Abstract: A 3-dimensional array of picture frames is arranged in a plurality of parallel planes. The picture frames are interconnected by perpendicularly extending pegs frictionally received in blind bores in the front of a rearward frame and in the back of a forward frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2002
    Publication date: May 23, 2002
    Inventor: Thomas Vincent
  • Patent number: 6385886
    Abstract: A stacking modular frame system, assembled on a surface such as a table-top as opposed to being wall-mounted, with the individual frames interconnecting in three-dimensional form horizontally, vertically, or in combination. The structure is supported by long or short caps, which also top the structure to create stability. The caps and the frame fronts and backs all have corresponding notches that fit, each piece into the other, in a perpendicular fashion, thereby building the structure. Beginning with the caps, the structure can be built up multiple levels with multiple frames, each stacking perpendicularly on the previous, and can be built outwardly in the same fashion. The photo is centered naturally within the notches in the separate frame front and back pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Inventor: Paul Chepikian
  • Patent number: 6338215
    Abstract: A 3-dimensional array of picture frames is arranged in a plurality of parallel planes. The picture frames are interconnected by perpendicularly extending pegs frictionally received in blind bores in the front of the rearward frame and in the back of the forward frame. Replaceable decorative sleeves surround the pegs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: Umbra, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Vincent
  • Patent number: 6230428
    Abstract: A frame connector for quickly and easily attaching two picture frames together in a stable manner has a support arm and a coupling member on each end. A coupling member may be a slider, snap, wedge or spring. A slider frame support attaches easily to either metal or wood frames. A coupling member for a slider frame support may be a flat piece for screwing or nailing to a wood frame, or may be slid into the channel of a metal frame. Holes, slots or spikes for attaching to a wood frame may be incorporated into any of the coupling members. A slider frame support includes a screw hole for a screw that secures the slider support to a channel of a metal frame. A snap frame support attaches to a channel of a frame by fingers that snap into the channel. A wedge frame support secures itself in a channel of a frame by wedging itself within the channel. A spring frame support secures itself in the channel of a frame by spring-like fingers that press against the channel walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Inventor: Stephen D. Albin
  • Patent number: 6054968
    Abstract: The present invention provides a modular graphics display assembly for supporting and displaying a plurality of art works in a myriad of orientations. Preferrably, the modular graphics display assembly includes a plurality of display bases for supporting a plurality of art works. An anchoring mechanism such as a flange having a plurality of apertures formed therethrough is coupled about a perimeter of each display base. A plurality of retention members such as fasteners having a number of posts extending therefrom are removably secured to selected anchoring mechanisms such that adjacent display bases are coupled together. Preferably, the anchoring mechanisms are uniformally arranged about the display bases such that the display bases may be arranged and rearranged into a variety of configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Inventor: Keith De Matteo
  • Patent number: 5787626
    Abstract: A funeral product display case for displaying facsimiles of such funeral products as burial caskets, cremation caskets, cremation containers, cremation urns and the like in a funeral home display area for purposes of offering for sale the funeral products to customers of the funeral home comprises a cabinet mountable to a wall of the funeral home display area and having interconnected back, top, bottom and side walls. A door is pivoted to a side edge of the cabinet and is movable to and between an open position wherein the contents of the cabinet are viewable and a closed position wherein the contents of the cabinet are concealed. A first sheet-like member is removably received against the back wall of the cabinet and includes a decorative front, a back and a plurality of apertures therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: Batesville Casket Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Curt A. Bingham, Richard J. Boudreau, Paul A. Holzman, Dale F. Meyer
  • Patent number: 5761839
    Abstract: An advertising device or sign that has a plastic frame having a front that contains advertising. The advertisement is on a plastic laminate with holes around its periphery that engage pins on the back of the frame. The back further has receptacles that engage a holder that forms an optional pocket. The optional pocket contains items that can be handed out or mailed. The frames can be joined together to form a larger display than can be accommodated on a single frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Inventor: Unto A. Heikkila
  • Patent number: 5581922
    Abstract: A display system includes a plurality of alphnumeric characters having apertures formed along side walls and upper and lower surfaces for receipt of pegs to interconnect characters. Each character is preferably formed from an identical blank, such that each character has a height portion extending entirely from the top to bottom of the blank, and a width portion extending extirely from the left side wall to the right side wall of the blank. Three uniformly spaced apertures are located in each blank along the side walls and the upper and lower walls. The apertures are only formed in the height and width portion of the characters which correspond with the locations of the apertures on the blanks. Pegs inserted between aligned apertures and abutting characters permits connection of the characters in horizontally aligned or vertically displaced orientation with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Assignee: Harold Mangelsen & Sons, Inc.
    Inventor: Lindalou L. Y. Heimann
  • Patent number: 5544438
    Abstract: A card and picture holder is formed from two identical, generally planar half portions, which are assembled together to capture a card, picture or other planar display object therebetween. Each half portion includes a transparent center window therein, so an article(s) sandwiched within the two portions may be viewed from either side. Each half portion includes a plurality of slotted channels formed in the periphery, which channels form hinge passages in the completed assembly and serve to capture the pins of interconnectors or a hanger(s) therein. The interconnectors are identical and symmetrical, and include an intermediate member which provides sufficient distance between the two opposite pins to allow for the thickness of the holders comprising an assembly of interconnected holders. Thus, the holders may be folded over one another for compact storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1996
    Inventor: James I. Fazekas