Detachable Member Having Notch Or Opening For Securing Frame To Vertical Support Surface Patents (Class 40/759)
  • Patent number: 11297960
    Abstract: A picture frame hanging assembly that includes at least one bracket directly coupled to either a horizontally oriented or a vertically oriented frame element and each bracket enclosing and defining hook-receiving aperture superimposed over a frame cavity of the picture frame and with an aperture width. The assembly includes a hook component directly coupled to a building wall surface and with a cantilevered hook member extending therefrom an offset length from a front surface of the hook component to define a bracket placement zone with the bracket disposed therein and having an inner surface with an inner surface hook width spanning from terminal opposing lateral sides thereon and at least partially supporting an upper wall of the hook component, wherein the aperture width is at least approximately twice or greater than the inner surface hook width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Scott Voelker, Jonathan Batchelor
  • Patent number: 10117531
    Abstract: A framing system includes a first screen, a second screen and a first bracket. The first bracket includes an internal slot configured to receive a portion of the inner and outer surfaces of the first screen as well as a portion of the inner and outer surfaces of the second screen. A first gripping member is configured to selectively extend into the internal slot of the first bracket to secure the first screen and the second screen. A method for framing includes securing graphics to a first screen, placing a second screen against the graphics such that the graphics is between the first and second screens, inserting the assembled graphics and first and second screens into an internal slot of at least one bracket and, with a gripping member, pressing the first screen against the second screen and the second screen against an internal surface of the internal slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Katherine Hoban
  • Patent number: 9015977
    Abstract: A framing system having a base panel assembly configured so that an ornamental/informational object can be incorporated into the base panel assembly so as to be viewable from in front thereof. A frame extends around a peripheral region of the base panel assembly. Connectors on the base panel assembly and frame cooperate so as to allow the base panel assembly and frame to be: a) moved from a separated relationship relative to each other into an operatively joined relationship; and b) releasably maintained in the operatively joined relationship as an incident of the base panel assembly and frame changing from the separated relationship into the operatively joined relationship, without requiring use of any separate fasteners, once the operatively joined relationship is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Cassandra J. Mason
  • Patent number: 8899541
    Abstract: An adjustable fastener includes a base having a first surface and an opposing second surface. At least two flanges extend outwardly from the second surface. The flanges are spaced-apart along a longitudinal axis of the base. At least one tab is movably attached to the base. The tab is positioned between the two flanges and includes at least one rib extending outwardly therefrom. A carriage is movably attachable to the base. The carriage is directly attachable to at least a portion of an object. The carriage includes at least one elongated extension having a plurality of complementary spaced-apart ribs for engaging the rib of the tab of the base to locate and retain the elongated extension on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Joshua E. Bixler
  • Patent number: 8807502
    Abstract: An adjustable fastener includes a base configured to be fixedly attached to a structure. The base defines a longitudinally extending channel therein. At least a portion of the channel has a plurality of spaced-apart ribs or teeth extending inwardly into the channel. A carriage is movably attached to the base. The carriage is directly attachable to at least a portion of an object. The carriage includes at least two laterally spaced-apart elongated extensions. Each extension has a plurality of complimentary spaced-apart ribs or teeth for engaging the plurality of ribs or teeth of the base to locate and retain the elongated extensions within the channel of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Joshua E. Bixler
  • Patent number: 8757568
    Abstract: A wall mount assembly includes a first engagement member and a second engagement member. The first engagement member includes a slide structure and two positioning indentations oppositely disposed relative to the slide structure. The second engagement member includes a slider and two positioning bosses oppositely disposed relative to the slider. The first engagement member and the second engagement member are capable of being correspondingly disposed on an object and a wall. When the slider enters the slide structure from an entrance of the slide structure and is confined to slide relative to the slide structure so as to be blocked at a stop position of the slide structure, the two positioning bosses are embedded in the two positioning indentations respectively so that the object can be fixed on the wall stably. Therefore, the wall mount assembly simplifies the wall-mount operation of the object and provides a stable wall-mount effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: AmTRAN Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Ming-Tsung Ko
  • Patent number: 8720844
    Abstract: A structure is provided for coupling items such as signs, birdhouses and cameras to a fixed support structure is disclosed. Various mechanisms for attachment to a variety of supporting structures are described. The structure firmly holds an item in place, and the structure is capable of secure attachment to a variety of supporting structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventors: Anthony J. Westimayer, Monroe A Aubry
  • Patent number: 8695255
    Abstract: A holder for displaying a sheet of material is provided. The holder includes a backplate, a lens, and a bracket. The bracket includes a frame defining at least one vertical wall bordering at least one inner wall. The at least one inner wall includes at least one connector for connecting to at least one corresponding connector of the lens for securing the lens to the bracket. A portion of the lens contacts a first wall of the at least one vertical wall and a first inner wall of the at least one inner wall. The backplate is secured to the bracket via at least one fastener. A portion of the backplate contacts a second wall of the at least one vertical wall and a second inner wall of the at least one inner wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Joseph Anzalone
  • 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: 7891124
    Abstract: A frame hanger apparatus including a rectangular wall piece for attachment to a wall and a frame piece attachable to a picture frame. The wall piece has front and back surfaces, the front surface having a lower lip and an upper lip formed thereon. The lower lip has an arced top surface, and the upper lip has first and second elongated horizontally disposed mounting slots positioned therein. The frame piece has a lip projecting from the front surface which has an arced surface thereon. The arced top surface of the wall piece is dimensioned to dovetail with the arced surface of the lip of the frame piece and an overhanging lip on the wall piece is positioned so as to lock the wall piece and frame piece together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Inventor: David E. Willis
  • Patent number: 7770315
    Abstract: A system for mounting a frame (e.g., a mirror frame) allows the frame to be easily installed, securely mounted and readily replaced without damaging the mounting surface (e.g., the surrounding wall or mirror) or the frame. No tools are required to mount or unmount the frame. The mounting hardware is concealed within the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Moen Incorporated
    Inventors: Alan M. Bauer, Viorel Berlovan
  • Patent number: 7587847
    Abstract: A picture frame assembly has a base mountable on a wall or other surface having a recess for receiving a cover sub assembly containing a picture therein. The base has integral components for leveling the base using a plumb line during fixing of the base to a wall or other surface to assure precise positioning before the cover sub assembly is mated to the base, to provide a front loading frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Inventor: William Lasher
  • Patent number: 7147196
    Abstract: Devices for hanging a display board frame wherein a first bracket is mounted on a wall and has a hook on one end supportingly engaging a channel on a corresponding first edge of a display board frame and a second cooperating bracket having a slotted portion is slidingly mounted on the wall in a position corresponding to a second edge of the display board frame spaced apart and opposed to the first display board edge and the second bracket has a hook on its end in alignment with a channel on the second edge of the display board frame; and the display board is releasably secured on the wall when the upper bracket is slid against the display board frame until its hook engages the channel on the second edge of the display board frame, The invention also includes a method for hanging a display board frame including the steps of securing the first bracket on the wall with its hook engaging the channel on one edge of the frame, securing the second slotted bracket on the wall with its hook spaced away from the second
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: General Binding Corporation
    Inventors: Colin Knight, Tom Dunlap
  • Patent number: 6634127
    Abstract: A picture frame with a frame (1, 2) has clamps (6, 7, 8, 9) for securing parts (3, 4, 5) inserted into the frame, such as a pane of glass, a picture, a rear wall, etc. The clamps (6, 7, 8, 9) have a bridge (14) and a spring clip (15). On the inside (12) of the frame (1, 2) a projection (17) is inserted into a recess (13). On the end of the bridge (14) there is another projection (16) which is inserted into a recess (11) on the back (10) of the frame (1, 2). On the end of the spring clip (15) there is a third projection (18) which is inserted into a recess (23) on the back (21) of the rear wall (5). This enables very adaptable and reliable mounting of the parts (3, 4, 5) in the frame (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Inventor: Gerhard Bauer
  • Patent number: 6282827
    Abstract: A stand for a picture frame has a leg is provided which can support the frame in a generally upright position. The stand comprises a bracket coupled to the rear of the frame and the leg is receivable by the bracket in either of a first orientation, in which the leg lies against or adjacent the rear of the frame to minimize the bulk of the stand, and a second orientation in which the leg projects backward from the frame to support it. Engagement of the leg and bracket is by a projection, which is preferably formed on the leg, and a slot, which is preferably defined by the bracket, the projection being insertable in the slot. The bracket may also be adapted to receive a hook for hanging the frame, e.g. by inclusion of an appropriate cut-away.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Inventor: Kenneth Holmes
  • Patent number: 6152418
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a bracket mountable to a surface and including multiple separated fingers extending at least partially transverse to gravitational pull when the bracket is mounted to the surface. A connector is adapted to be received by at least one of the fingers at multiple locations relative to the bracket such that the connector overlaps the at least one finger relative to the gravitational pull, the connector providing a lip directed at least partially transverse to the gravitational pull when the connector is received by the bracket and the bracket is mounted to the surface. A positioner is adapted to adjustably receive an elongated member and to be coupled to the connector overlying a portion of the lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Inventor: Richard L. Panicci