Detachable Support Patents (Class 40/761)
  • Patent number: 9135836
    Abstract: A sign guard for protecting pedestrians and pets from sharp edges of a sign is disclosed. The sign guard may have a recess within which the sign is received. The recess may be sufficiently deep to cover the sharp edges of the sign to mitigate injury to pedestrians and pets. The sign guard may have a through hole for lightening the weight of the sign guard as well as relieving stress to prevent warpage during certain manufacturing techniques. Additionally, the sign guard may have two (2) mounting pads which protrude inwardly into the through hole for mounting the sign and sign guard to a post. Holes may be drilled or preformed in the mounting pads that line up to the mounting holes of the sign. Alternatively, the sign may be mounted to the sign guard and post by way of a retaining clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventors: Benjamin Todd Benumof, Richard Edwin Wilson
  • Patent number: 8745908
    Abstract: Index tab holders are movably mounted on top portions of file folders or data separation sheets to locate the tab holders in selected lateral locations without removing the tab holders from the file folders. Linear rails associated with the top portions of the file folders cooperate with ribs on the tab holders to mount and laterally guide the tab holders on the file folders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Merrill Hansen
  • Patent number: 8702051
    Abstract: An assembly for attaching a flexible or rigid canvas (2) comprising eyelets (24) to a support comprises a rigid frame (4, 4?, 5, 6) forming the support, a first attachment means arranged to be directly secured to the canvas (2) and a second attachment means provided within the frame and capable of receiving the first attachment means. The second attachment means is formed of an open housing (3). The housing comprises two walls (4, 4?) which are spaced apart and are arranged opposite to each other. Each wall is provided on its internal surface (4?, 4??) with a notched or toothed portion arranged to hold the first attachment means when in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: VTS SA
    Inventor: Matthieu Vanham
  • Patent number: 8695939
    Abstract: A display device includes a body, a supporting member and a fastening member. The body has an accommodating portion, and the supporting member assembled to the accommodating portion for supporting the body is in the first state or the second state. The supporting member in the first state is switched to the second state when pivoting in an angle. The fastening member is detachably assembled to a first position or a second position of the supporting member, such that the supporting member is fastened to the accommodating portion of the body by the fastening member. The fastening member is assembled to the first position of the supporting member when the supporting member assembled to the accommodating portion is in the first state, and the fastening member is assembled to the second position of the supporting member when the supporting member assembled to the accommodating portion is in the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Au Optronics Corporation
    Inventors: Yin-Ting Lee, Chun-Yuan Chen
  • Publication number: 20130097907
    Abstract: An adjustable stand assembly for a picture frame is provided which is removably attachable to the back side of a standard picture frame and deployable to allow the picture frame to stand-alone in multiple incline positions in both portrait and landscape orientations, and removable from the backside of the picture frame to hang the picture frame on a wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: JTK ENTERPRISES
    Inventors: James T. Krohn, Craig B. Stucko
  • 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: 7802390
    Abstract: A picture frame for holding and displaying content. The picture frame has an edge with a channel receiving the content. An edge segment is attachable to and detachable from the remainder of the edge, using magnets, to allow insertion and removal of the content. A back has a front face to which the edge remainder is attached and a rear face including one or more magnets for attaching the back to a magnetically attractive surface. An optional stand has a plurality of elements that engage at least one of the back magnets to support the back in multiple directions and orientations. An optional hanger is made of a magnetically attracted material for engaging at least one of the back magnets and attach the hanger to the back. The hanger is configured to engage a fastener and hang the picture frame from the fastener when the stand is not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Inventor: Richard C. Reis
  • Publication number: 20100229442
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for readily interchanging one tile or panel or set of panels with another tile or panel or set of panels so that the tiles or panels to be layered or mounted onto each other and a user can thereby change out the color, design, style and/or size of the panels at will. The present invention includes a first panel having a front surface, a second panel having a back surface, a block attachment having a front surface and a back surface, the back surface being attached to the back surface of the second panel, and an attachment device having a first part that detachably connects to a second part. The first part of the attachment device is attached to the front surface of the first panel and the second part is either attached to the front surface of the block attachment or is defined in the front surface of the block attachment. Additional attachment devices may also be utilized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventors: Lori L. Snow, Teresa E. Carnes
  • Patent number: 7621060
    Abstract: A table-top advertising support with illuminated magnifier includes a taller section containing a fresnel lens and a lamp-switch-battery assembly in a lower portion and an upper portion having vertically aligned elongated slots formed by cooperation of staggered opposing tabs. The taller section is attached to a shorter section containing a second fresnel lens disposed within a frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Inventor: William H. Waterhouse
  • Publication number: 20090139127
    Abstract: A system for hanging multiple pictures, photographs, picture frames, or other objects, collectively referred to herein as pictures, in a collage, using a regularly-spaced grid of pegs or other supports that are attached to a wall. Each picture includes one or more sockets, generally along the top of the picture, or one or more of its edges, although in some embodiments a picture can include sockets located elsewhere on the picture. A picture can be attached to the grid by placing it on the grid so that its sockets are supported by the pegs. In accordance with an embodiment, to add a picture to the wall, a user places the top edge of the picture over the grid until its sockets fit around the pegs, and then allows the picture to swing into the wall until it rests against the wall or other supports. To remove the picture, the user gently lifts the picture off the pegs and removes it from the wall. This process can be repeated with multiple pictures to create or change a wall-mounted collage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Applicant: COLLAGEWALL INC.
    Inventor: Jeff Southard
  • Patent number: 7320195
    Abstract: The specification discloses a picture display device comprising a pair of transparent plates interconnected and supported for viewing by a single integral fastener. The fastener is able to integrally engage a variety of optional embellishing elements to be chosen and added by the end user. The frame is of knockdown construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Inventor: Roy Kushner
  • 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: 6832446
    Abstract: Pictures and picture backs are improved with the use of an easel back that is fashioned to be a double hook for hanging the picture on a wall. The double loop hanging system described in U.S. Pat. No. 6,405,466 is improved with the use of this device. The easel flap supports the picture on a surface and allows for the fastening of the picture onto the surface. When it is removed from the picture the easel flap provides a side adjusting means for hanging a picture level on a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Inventor: Robert J. Lemire
  • Publication number: 20040128895
    Abstract: A display assembly having a base having a perimeter, the base has a first groove extending across the base in communication with and through to the perimeter, and at least a pair of second grooves extending transversely with respect to the first groove, and, at least one display element operatively arranged to be held in one of the first and/or second groove(s). A display assembly having a round (circular) base having a circumference, the base including at least three grooves extending diametrically across the base, wherein the grooves intersect one another at a common point, wherein at least one of the at least three grooves extend to the circumference of the base, and, at least one display element operatively arranged to be held in one of the at least three grooves. A display assembly having a rotatable base with intersecting grooves which extend through to a perimeter of the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2003
    Publication date: July 8, 2004
    Applicant: Umbra Inc.
    Inventor: Chantal Marie Josee Trudel
  • Publication number: 20030177683
    Abstract: A package for the sale of image-quality printing paper facilitates digital image printing by providing blank sheets of image-quality printing paper pre-cut to accommodate image printing sizes for personal use. A rigid container is constructed and arranged to provide convenient protection, storage, display, and transportation of the blank sheets and the images subsequently printed thereon. The container may be provided with a multifunctional stand therein. Alternatively, or in addition, the container may be provided with a frame for surrounding, displaying, and holding the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2003
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Inventors: Clifton Ray Adkins, Jason Wyatt Adkins
  • 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: 6263604
    Abstract: The present invention, a hermetically sealed picture frame, comprises a frame, a lens and a seal wherein the seal is an elastomeric seal, preferrably an elastomeric o-ring seal. The frame comprises a lens locking groove, a seal groove and mounting framework. The lens snaps into the lens locking groove, compressing the seal in the seal groove between the lens and the frame, providing a hermetic seal for a picture contained between the lens and the frame. The mounting framework is slideable over a mounting base that can be attached to a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Inventor: Gary Wayne Williams
  • Patent number: 6212810
    Abstract: A pole system for displaying picture frames includes a pole, mounting devices for holding the pole in a vertical position, and a plurality of sliding elements movable along the length of the pole to positions selected by the user. Each sliding element includes a connector adapted to engage a sawtooth bracket, wire, hole or other structure on the back of a picture frame. A plurality of frames can be displayed from the pole, the spacing between each of them and their relative rotational position about the pole being easily and quickly changed by the user. In the most preferred embodiment, the mounting devices include brackets for suspending the pole in a spaced apart relationship from an office furniture panel, and the sliding elements are spring steel plates with a pair of openings adapted to fit over the pole when the plate is bent into a curved position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: Intercraft Company
    Inventor: Joseph W. Jones
  • Patent number: 6129323
    Abstract: A sheet stand which stands a sheet, such as a piece of paper, with a simple operation. The sheet stand includes the sheet stand body 20 and the ball 30. The bottom of the sheet is held between the curved holding surface 21 of the sheet stand body 20 and the ball 30. Then, the ball 30 moves toward the curved surface 24 at the holding surface 21 by its own self-weight, thereby grabbing the bottom of the sheet bending the bottom portion inside to make the sheet firmer to stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Daishin Kohsan Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenjiro Mandokoro, Yoko Mandokoro
  • Patent number: 6070847
    Abstract: A hanging device has a wall mount and an adjustable picture mounting device to be placed on the item to be hung. The adjustable mechanism can be threadably or frictionally positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Inventor: Richard N. Kirchner
  • Patent number: 6026606
    Abstract: A display device for holding and displaying a document constituted by a thin sheet, the display device being composed of: a frame member enclosing a display area; at least one holding element for holding the document so that at least a portion of the document is visible in the display area; and support elements for supporting the frame member in an upright orientation on a horizontal support surface, wherein the at least one holding element is integral with the frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Scanner Badges, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerry A. Ross
  • Patent number: 5836565
    Abstract: A supporting device for a picture frame comprises a mount adapted to be securely attached to a picture frame back and a support piece. The mount has one or more pairs of opposite sides defined on a periphery thereof. The support piece is selectably received in a selected pair of holes in corresponding pair of opposite sides of the mount. Depending on which pair of holes is selected to receive the support piece, the support piece is adaptable to picture frames of different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Inventor: Yao-ming Chang
  • Patent number: 5832646
    Abstract: A picture frame support system is disclosed. In one aspect of the invention, a variety of free standing support arrangements are provided that cooperate with a support rail on the picture frame. The support rail defines a channel with a constricted opening. The support arrangement includes a coupling mechanism sized appropriately to fit within the frame support rail channel. An elongated support arm extends transversely from the coupling mechanism to support the frame. In one embodiment, a cam based coupling mechanism is described. In another, a slider based coupling mechanism that utilizes a pair of threaded studs to engage the support rail channel. In another aspect of the invention, an independent frame support rail channel is disclosed that may be adhered to a mount board or the like to facilitate hanging and/or supports such as the free standing supports described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventors: Stephen D. Albin, Michael T. Albin
  • Patent number: 5617660
    Abstract: A display frame for a poster having a top edge and at least two side edges includes a resilient first edge support for the top edge of said poster, a pair of resilient second edge supports for at least the side edges of said poster, and a plurality of resilient fastening elements associated with said edge supports for fastening said edge supports together in a frame-like manner. A pair of generally L-shaped internal angle fittings are employed for securing the pair of second edge supports to opposite ends of the first edge support. The rear of the first edge support is positioned offset and forwardly of the rear of the second edge supports so as to define therebetween a display slot whereby a poster may be removably slid into said display frame from above, rearwardly of the first edge support with the lateral edges of said poster being slidably received in a slotted channel defined by the second edge supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1997
    Inventor: Ronald M. Pollack