Mat, Mount, Or Backing Patents (Class 40/768)
  • Patent number: 12039893
    Abstract: A visual image display board according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes a horizontal base and a display board. The display board includes a front surface, a back surface, a left side, a right side, an upper side and a bottom side. The bottom side of the display board is coupled to the horizontal base. An adhesive layer is disposed between the bottom side of the display board and the horizontal base. The adhesive layer couples the display board to the horizontal base. One or more photographs are conformally disposed on the front surface of the display board. A shape of the one or more photographs substantially corresponds with a shape of the display board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2024
    Inventor: Richard Zappa
  • Patent number: 12027076
    Abstract: A swatch presentation system is disclosed. The swatch presentation system may include a plurality of layers with an opening in a first layer. The first opening of the first layer allows for the viewing of a swatch. The swatch presentation system may include a second layer, where a first surface of the second layer engages at least a portion of a first surface of the swatch. The first surface of the second layer and the opening of the first layer may form a cavity where the swatch is displayed. The second layer may be a frame. The swatch presentation system may also include a third layer, where a first surface of the third layer engages a second surface of the second layer. A second surface of the third layer may include an opening that may store a transmitter. The transmitter may transmit data identifying the swatch presentation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: MATERIAL TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Adam I. Sandow
  • Patent number: 11790807
    Abstract: A visual image display board according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes a horizontal base and a display board. The display board includes a front surface, a back surface, a left side, a right side, an upper side and a bottom side. The bottom side of the display board is coupled to the horizontal base. An adhesive layer is disposed between the bottom side of the display board and the horizontal base. The adhesive layer couples the display board to the horizontal base. One or more photographs are conformally disposed on the front surface of the display board. A shape of the one or more photographs substantially corresponds with a shape of the display board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Inventor: Richard Zappa
  • Patent number: 10977963
    Abstract: A visual image display board according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes a horizontal base and a display board. The display board includes a front surface, a back surface, a left side, a right side, an upper side and a bottom side. The bottom side of the display board is coupled to the horizontal base. An adhesive layer is disposed between the bottom side of the display board and the horizontal base. The adhesive layer couples the display board to the horizontal base. One or more photographs are conformally disposed on the front surface of the display board. A shape of the one or more photographs substantially corresponds with a shape of the display board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Richard Zappa
  • Patent number: 10796614
    Abstract: An image system can comprise a sheet of clear thermoplastic material formed to define an interior space configured for disposal of an image or a three-dimensional object. The sheet can comprise a substrate upon which an image can be directly printed or otherwise attached. The image system can comprise two or more panes that meet at a vertex along a corner or are oriented at an angle relative to one another. The vertex can be formed using a tool in combination with selective heating and cooling of the thermoplastic material. The image can extend across at least two of the panes. The image system can comprise a mount configured to deter theft or tampering. Connectors can be utilized to connect two or more image systems to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: JAPELOCO PTY LTD.
    Inventor: Mark Donald Goodall
  • Patent number: 10798833
    Abstract: A tiling display apparatus includes a first sub-display portion and a second sub-display portion, and each has a first subsidiary side and a second subsidiary side connected to and perpendicular to the first subsidiary side. Each of the first subsidiary sides of the first sub-display portion and the second sub-display portion is disposed with a first driving circuit. Each of the second subsidiary sides of the first sub-display portion and the second sub-display portion is disposed with a second driving circuit. The first subsidiary side or/and the second subsidiary side of each of the first sub-display portions does not belong to an outer contour of the tiling display apparatus, the first subsidiary side or/and the second subsidiary side of the second sub-display portion does not belong to an outer contour of the tiling display apparatus, and the first subsidiary side of the first sub-display portion is spliced to the first subsidiary side of the second sub-display portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Au Optronics Corporation
    Inventors: Meng-Ting Hsieh, Chih-Hsiang Yang
  • Patent number: 10467928
    Abstract: A visual image display board according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes a horizontal base and a display board. The display board includes a front surface, a back surface, a left side, a right side, an upper side and a bottom side. The bottom side of the display board is coupled to the horizontal base. An adhesive layer is disposed between the bottom side of the display board and the horizontal base. The adhesive layer couples the display board to the horizontal base. One or more photographs are conformally disposed on the front surface of the display board. A shape of the one or more photographs substantially corresponds with a shape of the display board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Richard Zappa
  • Patent number: 10060595
    Abstract: The personalized lamp is a table lamp wherein the lampshade is able to rotate. The lampshade features a plurality of picture windows that encircle a lower portion of the lampshade. The plurality of picture windows enables pictures to be inserted therein, and rotate along with the lampshade when in use. The personalized lamp includes a base atop of which a pair of baby shoes is affixed. A vertical member of cylindrical construction extends upwardly from the base. A motor is housed where the vertical member extends from the base. The motor is in mechanical connection with a motor shaft that extends vertically within the vertical member. A rotating bushing is affixed to the motor shaft. The rotating bushing is atop of the vertical member. The rotating bushing is attached to shade arms that connect to the lampshade. A light socket is positioned above the rotating bushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Otis Martin
  • Patent number: 9545162
    Abstract: An image display including an image substrate and a support structure. The image substrate has an image printed on a first surface. The support structure can include a front sheet and a plurality of side strips extending from the front sheet. The image substrate can be adhered to an external surface of the front sheet so that the front sheet forms a rigid backing for the image substrate. A variety of image substrates are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Circle Graphics, Inc.
    Inventors: Hank B. Ridless, Evan D. Brooks, Keith E. Freebern
  • Publication number: 20150082677
    Abstract: The invention is made by creating various designs by hand or via modern software for the purpose of manufacturing frames and frame mat board designs. These designs are then transferred, either from the virtual space where they were designed or by hand, to: vinyl, paper, canvas, metal, or other material for the purpose of designing the display face of a mat board, foam board, frame molding, glass or any other material that has the purpose of being the face of a frame. The finished product is a frame product that encompasses a design by utilizing original artwork, licensed artwork, patterns, designs, photographs, or common print patterns for the creation of a unique frame molding and mat board, or any other material or medium that could be used for the purpose of being the display face of a frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Framed Memorabilia, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis W. CRUMP, James S. KUHN
  • Patent number: 8959812
    Abstract: An image display including an image substrate and a support structure. The image substrate has an image printed on a first surface. The support structure can include a front sheet, a back sheet and a plurality of side strips secured between the front sheet and the back sheet for forming a closed support structure. An internal support can be provided in an internal cavity of the support structure for enhancing the rigidity of the support structure. The image substrate can be adhered to an external surface of the front sheet so that the front sheet forms a rigid backing for the image substrate. A variety of image substrates are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Circle Graphics, Inc.
    Inventors: Hank B. Ridless, Evan D. Brooks, Keith E. Freebern
  • Publication number: 20140373413
    Abstract: An improved structure of billboard is provided with a transparent layer, an image layer, and a base layer wherein a protective film is disposed on the image layer. The protective film, being through the high-temperature and pressurized process, makes the image layer to be attached to the bottom surface of the transparent layer. Next, the non-transparent and non-reflective base layer is placed on the bottom surface of the image layer to complete the assembly of the billboard. Therefore, just apply an adhesive layer on the bottom surface of the base layer and the billboard can be pasted on the wall or door panel. Owing to non-transparent and non-reflective characteristics, the base layer can effectively prevent shadows from appearing on the image layer to adversely affect the appearance of the image layer due to uneven paste on the adhesive layer or light irradiation on the adhesive layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Wei-Cheng Pan
  • Publication number: 20140325884
    Abstract: An image display apparatus (10) comprising a backing panel (12), one or more first raised portions (14) located on the backing panel (12), each first raised portion (14) having an upper surface upon which is secured an image (18) for display; and a backing support panel (11) upon which is mounted the said backing panel (12), the backing support panel (11) comprising a transparent material and having a perimeter such that the perimeter of the backing support panel (11) extends at least to a perimeter of the backing panel (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Brendan Vallar
  • Patent number: 8857088
    Abstract: A collectibles display case includes a durable frame, a front window, a rear window, and a placeholder. The front window includes a picture-frame type transparent front securely attachable to a front inside location of the frame. The back window includes a transparent back window similar to and removably located opposite the front window. The placeholder includes a corresponding pair of flat, durable frame-shaped mats with exterior perimeters of the same shape as the frame. The pair of mats each has a central rectangular opening. The placeholder is securely and removably mounted within a middle portion of the frame between the windows. The rectangular openings allow a packaged collectible having a thickness, such as a blister packed item to be “sandwiched” between the frame components and viewable housed between the windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventors: Kenneth Wheelis, Kelly Wheelis
  • Patent number: 8789301
    Abstract: An achievement award assembly includes a first panel having a semi-transparent area, a second panel having an award indicia that is visible through the semi-transparent area and a mount. The semi-transparent area may be configured such that the award indicia, when viewed through the semi-transparent area, appears as an engraved metallic plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventor: James J. O'Neill
  • Publication number: 20140144056
    Abstract: Methods and assemblies are provided for displaying a plurality of images, which can be minor images of each other. The method includes providing a first display object having a first image on it and providing a second display object having a second image on it. The first and second images are mirror images of each other. The first and second display objects are positioned such that the images are displayed in a first mirrored registration. After doing so, the first and second display objects are repositioned such that the first and second images are displayed in a second mirrored registration. Assemblies can include at least one mount, a first display object having a first image disposed thereon, and a second display object having a second image disposed thereon, the images being minor images of each other. The first and second display objects are movably attached to the mount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Silas Jeffrey Durant
  • Patent number: 8733004
    Abstract: A picture frame molding according to one embodiment includes an elongated body that has an exterior wall, a first channel formed therein for receiving a first member, and a second channel formed therein for receiving a second member. The first and second channels are at least substantially parallel to one another. The elongated body also includes an interior angled wall that is joined to the exterior wall and is formed at an angle thereto. The interior angled wall includes a track that receives an object, such as matboard. The track faces away from the exterior wall and is formed between and at an angle to the first and second channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Nielsen Bainbridge
    Inventor: Michael Andrulewich
  • Patent number: 8595969
    Abstract: A collectibles display case includes a durable frame, a front window, a rear window, and a placeholder. The front window includes a picture-frame type transparent front securely attachable to a front inside location of the frame. The back window includes a transparent back window similar to and removably located opposite the front window. The placeholder includes a corresponding pair of flat, durable frame-shaped mats with exterior perimeters of the same shape as the frame. The pair of mats each has a central rectangular opening. The placeholder is securely and removably mounted within a middle portion of the frame between the windows. The rectangular openings allow a packaged collectible having a thickness, such as a blister packed item to be “sandwiched” between the frame components and viewable housed between the windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventors: Kenneth Wheelis, Kelly Wheelis
  • Publication number: 20130180141
    Abstract: A variable-thickness display device, which is installed in a unique frame, comprises a display panel, a back plate and a telescopic connection member arranged between the display panel and the back plate. The telescopic connection member has a first end member connecting with the display panel and a second end member connecting with the back plate. The telescopic connection member can be extended and contracted to adjust the distance between the display panel and the back plate and make the display device have different thicknesses adaptive to different dimensions of unique frames.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: HANNSPREE, INC.
    Inventor: Wen-Hung Huang
  • Publication number: 20130125436
    Abstract: An image display apparatus (10) for displaying one or more images (20) such as photographs. The image (20) is mounted on a raised portion (14) around which is arranged a further raised portion (16) as a mounting panel (8). The portions are separated to provide a gap (30) there between which gives the illusion that the image and the mounting panel (18) are floating. This effect accentuates the image which is additionally enhanced by the choice of colour of the mounting panel (18). The portions are located on a backing panel which extends beyond the perimeter of the mounting panel to provide an additional framing feature. The backing panel (12) and mounting panel (18) are made of durably rigid materials such as Perspex® or aluminium so that the apparatus can be mounted without a frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Brendan Morris Vallar
  • Publication number: 20130104433
    Abstract: A display apparatus is provided for displaying a jersey with a three-dimensional view with a vision effect of floating in mid-air in an enclosed environment. The display apparatus comprises an outer casing body, a front and a back clear screen, an inner support member, an optional desk support and an opening means. In particular, when a jersey is supported by the inner support member as provided, the support member is invisible such that it contributes to the mid-air floating visual effect. The display apparatus may further comprise components to achieve visual, audio and/or video effects controlled by sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Sydney Justin, III
  • Patent number: 8365448
    Abstract: The memorial display is a retainer and display for funereal and memorial related items, such as obituary pages, sympathy cards, funeral flowers and the like. The memorial display includes a page retainer for receiving a display page, such as an obituary page. A transparent holder is provided for receiving the page retainer and securing the display page therein. A face plate, such as a memorial placard, is secured to a front face of the transparent holder. A framing mat, having opposed front and rear faces and a central cutout portion formed therethrough, is positioned against the transparent front face of the transparent holder for bordering the face plate. A frame member receives the page retainer, the transparent holder, the face plate and the framing mat such that the face plate is displayed through the front end of the frame member and the display page is displayed through the rear end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: James H. Gorham, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120260550
    Abstract: A depth enhancing artwork mounting base wherein the size and shape of an artwork mounting face in conjunction with the size, shape, and texturing of an integrated depth enhancing face enhances the depth perception of the two dimension art work.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Shotwell
  • Publication number: 20120233898
    Abstract: A picture frame having an adjustable back assembly enabling vertical, horizontal and rotary adjustment of the frame position on a wall is described. The frame back is sized to fit into a recess in the picture frame back, and includes an inner plate, an outer plate having an opening, an intermediate plate frictionally held between said inner and outer plates and slidable therebetween. The intermediate plate has an outer face and is smaller than the outer plate and larger than the outer plate opening. A first hanger member is secured to the outer face of the intermediate plate and extends outwardly through the opening. A second hanger member is attachable to a wall and can be joined to the first hanger member to mount the picture frame on the wall. The picture frame can be pushed up or down or rotated to adjust the picture frame position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Christopher A. Horne
  • Publication number: 20120210497
    Abstract: A mount for securing an image to fabric and fabric items including said mount. The mount is designed to secure, protect, enclose and display an image when attached to a fabric which can have significantly higher elasticity than the image. Portions of the mount may have an elasticity intermediate the elasticity of the fabric and the image. The mount may include reinforcing materials. The mount may be sewn, glued or otherwise bonded to fabric. The fabric may comprise an item of apparel, for example a wrist band, head band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: POWER BALANCE, LLC
    Inventor: Troy Rodarmel
  • Patent number: 8104208
    Abstract: A picture frame assembly includes a backing plate having a front surface, a rear surface, and a plurality of parallel grooves in one of the surfaces. The material and thickness of the backing plate are chosen so that the backing plate can be plastically deformed about a bending axis parallel to the grooves. At least one frame element, which can be formed integrally with the backing plate, is for provided for retaining a planar picture element against the front surface of the backing plate. A fastener extends from the rear surface for mounting the assembly to any of various objects, such as a tree, flower stem, a candle, a vase, a basket, a gift wrapping device, a container, a column, and furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventor: Margarete Schymura
  • Publication number: 20120017480
    Abstract: The present invention is a flexible picture frame. The frame stretches so that a user can insert a picture, a picture and picture cover, or a picture, picture cover, and backer section. Once the components are disposed in the flexible frame, it then recovers to its original shape and size. The flexible frame contains grooves on the inside walls to contain the picture and other components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventor: RUDOLF SHTAINHORN
  • Patent number: 8065829
    Abstract: A sign assembly includes a base material, a filmic substrate imaged with a design, and a sign assembly frame that includes a sign framing member of fixed position in relation to the base material. The sign framing member includes a projecting portion terminating at an inside edge of the sign framing member. The display sign is adhered to the base material. The inside edge of the sign framing member is located within the projected area of the display sign and is spaced from the base material and the filmic substrate. The display sign is capable of being applied through an opening defined by the inside edge of the sign framing member. The space between the inside edge of the projecting portion and the display sign includes a void.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Contra Vision Limited
    Inventor: G. Roland Hill
  • Patent number: 7946067
    Abstract: A picture frame comprising a block of foam attached to a flat cardboard backing with a hole formed therein to allow the picture frame to be mounted on a wall; a first double sided adhesive tape on the low-tack side attachable to a back surface of the picture; a support structure for the picture frame comprising an extended portion of the flat cardboard backing, wherein a proximal end of the extended portion is connected to the cardboard backing along a hinge and the distal end of the extended portion extends to an edge of the cardboard backing opposite the hinge, the extended portion having a perforated line dividing it to a first part and a second part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Inventor: Gary F. Lambert
  • Publication number: 20100263251
    Abstract: A thin, graphic support assembly comprising an elongated base rail and an elongated cover rail which come together around a board to form four sides of a frame. A spring mechanism is fully captured after the base rail and cover rail are assembled together, and the angle and position of the spring channel allows the hinge location to be at the top/outer edge of the frame. The elongated base rail and elongated cover rail can be oriented in a parallel relationship when closed for capturing a display panel or a perpendicular relationship when open for inserting or removing a display panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventors: David E. Pitcher, Thomas P. Burrous, Rebecca C. Suciu, Paul P. Ellsworth, Alan L. Stenfors, Sidney Rose
  • Publication number: 20100186275
    Abstract: The framing and matting kit provides a drawing sheet, mat and frame for the production and framing of a piece of artwork or the like. The drawing sheet has opposed front and rear surfaces. The front surface includes a central portion and a border portion. Indicia are formed on the front surface of the drawing sheet to visually separate the central and border portions thereof. The mat has a central opening formed therethrough, which is dimensioned and configured to expose the central portion of the drawing sheet when the mat is positioned on the front surface of the drawing sheet to cover the border portion thereof. The frame includes a transparent front portion and a rear retaining portion. The drawing sheet and the mat are received between the transparent front portion and the rear retaining portion for display of the central portion of the drawing sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventors: Gary J. Freiberg, Mary T. Freiberg
  • Patent number: 7665238
    Abstract: A device adapted to discharge a volatile material includes a display frame having a front face and a rear face and an opening disposed in the rear face. The device further includes a dispenser disposed within the display frame. The dispenser includes a blister that holds a volatile material and a permeable membrane that extends across an open end of the blister. The rear face includes an integral foot member connected to an upper portion of the display frame at a hinge and the integral foot member is actuable between first and second states about the hinge. Further, the permeable membrane is disposed adjacent the rear face and regulates release of the volatile material therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventor: Amelia H. Majerowski
  • Patent number: 7631451
    Abstract: A contoured framed artwork comprises a picture frame surrounding a support member. The support member is a three-dimensional support member that has a raised, carved, or contoured portion surrounding a planar portion. A two-dimensional artwork is adhered to the planar portion. The support member includes a coating the provides an appearance of plaster or metal, or the like. A variety of different prints can be adhered to the planar portion of the support member to allow the support member to be used with a variety of different artworks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Designs Direct LLC
    Inventor: Richard T. Heidrich
  • Patent number: 7536814
    Abstract: A frame for supporting artwork, having a surrounding matt structure having a first stiffener, a second stiffener and a fillet extension, a rectangular tubular grid structure attached to the support, and a plate attached to the rectangular tubular grid structure, wherein the mounting plate is configured to support the artwork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Inventor: Clifford Ross
  • Publication number: 20090119964
    Abstract: An album frame is provided having an outer frame. The outer frame has a back side and an outer periphery. A mounting plate is attached to the back side of the outer frame. A support shelf extends frontwardly from the mounting plate along a first portion of the inner periphery. The support shelf is adapted to support a binding of an album. In addition, the outer frame may have a recessed groove in a second portion of the inner periphery. The second portion is located opposite the first portion of the inner periphery. Furthermore, the outer frame may include a first guiding ramp on a third portion of the inner periphery and a second guiding ramp on a fourth portion of the inner periphery. The first guiding ramp and the second guiding ramp allows an edge of an album cover to be guided into the recessed groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2007
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventors: Todd Snider, Felipe Nepomuceno
  • Patent number: 7523577
    Abstract: A device that is adapted to discharge a volatile material includes a display frame with a front face and a rear face. An opening is disposed in the front face. A dispenser is disposed within the display frame. The dispenser comprises a blister holding a volatile material and a permeable membrane extends across an open end of the blister. The rear face includes an integral foot member actuable between first and second states. The permeable membrane is disposed adjacent the front face and prevents the release of the volatile material in a first condition and permits the release of the volatile material through the opening in a second condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventor: Amelia H. Majerowski
  • Patent number: 7476436
    Abstract: An artist's cradle includes a sheet of rigid plastic having a paintable surface on at least one planar surface thereof and a rigid base frame mounted to the underside of the sheet. The sheet is substantially neutral or neutral alkali ph and treated with a heat treatment around at least a periphery of the underside of the sheet. The heat treatment includes heat oxidizing the periphery using a heat source. The rigid frame is bonded by an adhesive to the periphery of the sheet following the heat treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Inventors: Floyd Armstrong, Douglas Enns
  • Patent number: 7475507
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a scented picture frame having removable scent boards attached in spaced relation to provide an aromatic ambiance with the display of an item such as a picture. The present invention features a holder on the back of the frame, capable of holding one or more scent boards in parallel adjacent the back of the frame, whereby an aroma is dissipated from a scented oil on the scent board to enhance the experience of viewing the item. Scents are impregnated into the scent board and retained by individually wrapping the scent boards for future use. One or more scents may be used with the present invention by hanging multiple scent boards on the scented picture frame. The scent boards may be removed and replaced when the scent is dissipated or to change the aroma. A picture pouch is used to protect the item in the scented picture frame from absorbing an aroma of the scent board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Potomac Corporation
    Inventor: Peter Graves
  • Patent number: 7467488
    Abstract: A device for displaying photographs or other similar flat items comprising a first panel, a second panel connected to the first panel, first and second flap segments connected to bottom edges of the first and second panels, respectively, and a third and fourth panel connected to left and right side edges of the first and second panels, wherein all panel connections are along fold lines. A sloping cut disposed on each of the first and second panels is designed to create a “V” shaped slit in the middle of the device. A hole disposed at the midpoint of the slit accommodates a single point hanging means. Two holes disposed at the extreme ends of the slit accommodate a line hanging means. A folded state is achieved by folding the device along the fold lines and by maintaining suitable angles for the panels and flap segments. In both the folded and unfolded condition, adhesive on the third and fourth panels is used to secure the device on to the back of a photograph or other similar flat item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Inventor: Tony Lee
  • Patent number: 7441361
    Abstract: The present invention is a display device configured to display sheet like materials such as photos, cards, pictures, patches, and the like. It includes an external frame with a double shoulder configuration in its internal perimeter, a lattice network formed into one or central display areas and supported by the front shoulder, and a transparent front facing a transparent rear facing supported by the rear shoulder. Display items are supported between the front facing and rear facing. Retainers of various types may be used to hold the components in place. Supports are described for mounting or otherwise displaying the display device of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Umbra LLC
    Inventor: Paul Rowan
  • Patent number: 7421810
    Abstract: A picture frame assembly includes a backing plate having a front surface, a rear surface, and a plurality of parallel grooves in one of the surfaces. The material and thickness of the backing plate are chosen so that the backing plate may be plastically deformed about a bending axis parallel to the grooves. At least one frame element, which may be formed integrally with the backing plate, is for provided for retaining a planar picture element against the front surface of the backing plate. A pair of tack elements extending from the rear surface are provided for mounting the assembly to a cylindrical object such as a tree or a candle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Inventor: Margarete Schymura
  • Publication number: 20080163524
    Abstract: An improved picture frame having an open display pocket mounted behind a viewing aperture for changing the picture displayed within the frame. An easel is mounted to the rear of the frame for supporting the frame in either a portrait or landscape orientation. A hanging apparatus is provided for mounting the picture frame to a wall. A plate with radially outwardly-facing substantially circular cylindrical surfaces attaches to the wall. A hanger mounts to the frame and has radially inwardly-facing substantially circular cylindrical surfaces seating against the cylindrical surfaces of the plate. The plate has a first lip extending radially outwardly of the cylindrical surfaces of the plate and the hanger has a second lip extending radially outwardly of the cylindrical surfaces of the hanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Applicant: WILTON INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Michael Broehl, James Huang Lua
  • Publication number: 20080142669
    Abstract: A system for displaying photographs is disclosed. The system includes one or more horizontal members or bars that are secured to a wall, such as a wall of a house. The horizontal members are preferably immovably secured, as by wall anchors or nails. The horizontal members preferably include a profile, such as a shaped, hollow cross-sectional area, that is configured to mount two or more vertical members. Two or more vertical members or bars are then secured to the horizontal members. The vertical members may be mounted using the profiles, channels, or grooves of the horizontal members. They may be mounted using a tab or a clamp, such as a spring clamp. The vertical members preferably also include continuous, vertical grooves on their sides, for placing photographs into the grooves for display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Inventor: Peter S. Zlotocha
  • Patent number: 7347593
    Abstract: A Giclee printed lamp shade and method of making the same which includes a lamp shade having a frame having a top and bottom of the same geometric configuration and dimensions to provide flat sides thereto. A Giclee printed fine art canvas material is permanently adhesively secured to base material which is affixed to the lamp shade frame. The Giclee printing is accomplished by providing a digital image to be printed on the canvas, providing a printer capable of accomplishing the Giclee printing, imparting the digital image to the Giclee printer, Giclee printing the image on the canvas material and securing the canvas bearing the Giclee printed image to the outer surface of the lamp shade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Lamps Plus, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis K. Swanson
  • Publication number: 20080016743
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a scented picture frame having removable scent boards attached in spaced relation to provide an aromatic ambiance with the display of an item such as a picture. The present invention features a holder on the back of the frame, capable of holding one or more scent boards in parallel adjacent the back of the frame, whereby an aroma is dissipated from a scented oil on the scent board to enhance the experience of viewing the item. Scents are impregnated into the scent board and retained by individually wrapping the scent boards for future use. One or more scents may be used with the present invention by hanging multiple scent boards on the scented picture frame. The scent boards may be removed and replaced when the scent is dissipated or to change the aroma. A picture pouch is used to protect the item in the scented picture frame from absorbing an aroma of the scent board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2006
    Publication date: January 24, 2008
    Inventor: Peter Graves
  • Publication number: 20070193099
    Abstract: An artwork assembly and method is disclosed for providing a reveal between a dimensional support medium and a frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Publication date: August 23, 2007
    Inventor: Jon Peters
  • Patent number: 7145469
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to display system comprising an electronic display device housed within a supporting fixture, where the supporting fixture may be capable of being arranged on a substantially horizontal surface such as a floor and walked over, or of being mounted on a non-horizontal surface, including a substantially vertical surface such as a wall. To this end, the electronic display device and supporting fixture may be thin and lightweight, while also being durable and shock resistant. Control electronics for the display device may be arranged in such a way that space is conserved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Intellimats, LLC
    Inventors: William Kokonaski, Ronald D. Blum, Youval Katzman, Boaz Harari, Kobby Greenburg
  • Patent number: 7093403
    Abstract: A frame is mounted to a front surface of a previously mounted mirror so that recesses in the back side of the frame receive protruding portions of fasteners which attach the frame to a supporting structure. Guide structures are temporarily mounted to the front surface of the mirror to facilitate the mounting of the frame to the mirror. The guide structures are used to suspend the frame in a position forward of the mirror. Then, while the frame is suspended by the guide structures, the frame is pushed toward the mirror so that the frame slides along the guide structures. As a result, adhesive strips, which are mounted to the back of the frame, engage the front surface of the mirror and become adhered thereto, so that the frame is mounted to the front surface of the mirror by the adhesive strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Mirrormate, LLC
    Inventors: Lisa Huntting, Mark Lacko
  • Patent number: 7090252
    Abstract: A dual sided integral composite image product and method of make same. The image product includes a first support substrate having a separate image layer thereon and a second support substrate having separate image layer thereon. The second support substrate being secured to the first support substrate so as to form the dual sided integral composite image product. A fold line is provided on said image product about which the integral composite image product may be folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Joseph A. Manico, Dale F. McIntyre, John K. McBride
  • Patent number: RE45475
    Abstract: A picture frame assembly includes a backing plate having a front surface, a rear surface, and a plurality of parallel grooves in one of the surfaces. The material and thickness of the backing plate are chosen so that the backing plate can be plastically deformed about a bending axis parallel to the grooves. At least one frame element, which can be formed integrally with the backing plate, is for provided for retaining a planar picture element against the front surface of the backing plate. A fastener extends from the rear surface for mounting the assembly to any of various objects, such as a tree, flower stem, a candle, a vase, a basket, a gift wrapping device, a container, a column, and furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Margarete Schymura