Hingedly Connected Frame Elements Patents (Class 40/779)
  • Patent number: 8667721
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for displaying an item such as a vinyl record album on a wall. The apparatus includes first and second parts (6, 4) pivotably mounted to one another, one part including a window through which the item to be displayed may be viewed, one part including a catch element (18) for limiting relative rotation of the two parts, and one part including a hook or screw for mounting the apparatus on a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Memory Box UK Limited
    Inventor: Andrew N. Heeps
  • Publication number: 20120204460
    Abstract: A picture frame for framing a viewable object including frame members defining an opening for the display of the viewable object, a backing within the frame and glazing over the opening. One of the frame members is attached to the backing or to adjacent frame member hinge apparatus. The hingedly attached frame member is movable about the hinge apparatus from a closed position to an open position to allow introduction of the viewable object into the opening. Detent apparatus between the movable frame member and adjacent frame members hold the frame member in a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: MCB CREATIVE PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen T. Barrow
  • Publication number: 20120159826
    Abstract: An interchangeable display system is disclosed, configured for mounting a display art frame to a door, or the like. The system is adapted to receive interchangeable art inserts, displays, etc., at the will of the proprietor without professional installation. The system provides a proprietor with the capability to customize a door, or the like, with a locking platform mechanism that enhances existing residential and commercial door design configurations. Access is provided to interchangeable art work, for example, without the industry standard to permanently fixate the artwork directly onto or within a door. The system is fixated on one side. The opposing side is, for example, a flanged matching backplate that is locked with a single or multiple sliding and locking hinge mechanism. A perimeter channel is disposed between the front and back frame plates to receive, for example, a translucent decorative art piece, that fits within the channel cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventor: Simon Eichner
  • Publication number: 20110088301
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a multi-purpose, double paneled, convertible apparatus which may be used as a protective holder and/or wall display for a diploma, certificate, photograph or the like. The apparatus may provide a safe and secure manner for receiving, holding, transporting, protecting, and/or storing, for example, the diploma, certificate, photograph or the like and further may quickly be converted to provide an attractive display for hanging the diploma, certificate, photograph or the like on a wall. The apparatus may have a first panel which may be connected to a second panel. Further, the first panel may rotate with respect to the second panel. The second panel may store the diploma, certificate, photograph or the like while the first panel may provide a cover for the diploma, certificate, photograph or the like. The second panel may have at least one strap which may secure the first panel, when rotated behind the second panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Wilmer Enrique Useche
  • 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: 20100139140
    Abstract: A picture frame assembly. The assembly has a transparent cover, and a backboard. The frame has a front and a rear. The transparent cover and the backboard are positioned within the frame. The assembly having a front face and a rear face. The backboard is positioned in proximity to the rear face of the assembly. The transparent cover is positioned in proximity to the front face of the assembly. The backboard is hingedly connected to the frame along an edge thereof. The backboard is adapted to being opened along the edge to reveal a cavity within the frame into which an artwork can be inserted or from which an artwork can be removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventors: Piers Morgan, David D. Yun
  • Publication number: 20090217563
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a multi-purpose, double paneled, convertible apparatus which may be used as a protective holder and/or wall display for a diploma, certificate, photograph or the like. The apparatus may provide a safe and secure manner for receiving, holding, transporting, protecting, and/or storing, for example, the diploma, certificate, photograph or the like and further may quickly be converted to provide an attractive display for hanging the diploma, certificate, photograph or the like on a wall. In addition, the apparatus may be used to display the diploma, certificate, photograph or the like on, for example, a table. The apparatus may have a first panel which may be connected to a second panel. Further, the first panel may rotate with respect to the second panel. The second panel may store the diploma, certificate, photograph or the like while the first panel may provide a cover for the diploma, certificate, photograph or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Inventor: Wilmer Enrique Useche
  • Patent number: 7360330
    Abstract: A multi-purpose, front-loading display frame includes a front frame member having a pair of opposite first and second lateral side sections, a rear frame member having a pair of opposite first and second lateral side sections, at least one hinge for pivotally joining the first lateral side section of the front member to the first side section of the rear frame member to permit pivotal movement between an open position, in which the second side sections of the front and rear frame members may be pivoted apart from one another, and a closed position, in which the second side sections are disposed closely adjacent to one another. A lock is mounted on one of the second side sections of one of the front and rear frame members, and at least one latch plate is engageable with the lock. The latch plate is mounted on the other of the second side sections of the other of the front and rear frame members for cooperative engagement with the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Inventor: Charles Abrams
  • Patent number: 7231736
    Abstract: A foldable shelf including a picture in a picture frame, the picture including at least one foldable shelf member, which in a first configuration is generally flat and removably fixed in the picture frame, and in a second configuration is folded out of the picture frame and removably fixed in a position adapted for supporting an object thereupon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Inventor: Rachel Labin
  • Patent number: 7193606
    Abstract: A wearable electronic device which includes a base, a display mounted to the base, a user-controllable cursor, a cursor controller for allowing the user to control the position of the cursor on the display, wherein the cursor controller is responsive to a control stimulus from the user acting in a cursor control area remote from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Ricky Barnett, Jan Chipchase, Jari Vaario
  • Publication number: 20030200690
    Abstract: A picture frame has a rear panel attached along its bottom edge to a front panel. The rear and front panels are therefore enabled for moving toward and away from each other in hinging motion about the bottom edge. The front panel provides an aperture for viewing a photo held against the rear panel. A hanger cord has opposing terminal cord ends fastened to the rear panel, and slidingly threaded through holes in the front panel. The central portion of the cord forms a loop for hanging the picture frame. The rear panel provides a means for gripping the photo such as tabs cut from the rear panel fabric, preferably a cardboard. A scenting agent is integral with at least one of the panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2002
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Inventor: Amber Ann Galloway
  • Patent number: 6637139
    Abstract: An image display device includes a base. A proximal panel is connected to the base by a spring-loaded hinge and has an image display area. A distal panel is connected directly or indirectly to the proximal panel via a spring-loaded hinge and also has an image display area. A catch co-operates with the base and the distal panel to release the proximal and distal panels from a storage configuration alongside the base to be moved by action of the spring-loaded hinges to a display configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: C. C. & L Company Limited
    Inventor: Sik-Leung Chan
  • Patent number: 6540260
    Abstract: A photograph album system (10) has a spine (14) with an internal lateral groove (30) at one end and a removable retainer (42) having a plurality of internal retaining fingers (44) within the groove. A plurality of pages (52) are defined by a plurality of signatures (54). Each signature is defined by a plurality of page sets (56). Each page set consists of an interior support sheet (58) with a central fold (60) and a pair of exterior cover sheets (64). The exterior cover sheets are folded around an individual outer edge of an interior support sheet with each having a central fold defining an outer bend (66). The exterior cover sheets are adhered to the interior support sheet so that two pages are formed with separate pockets (72) on each side of each page. Posts (36) couple the pages to the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Inventor: Whang Kwee Tan
  • Patent number: 6491395
    Abstract: An image reproducing apparatus having a small size and which is highly portable reproduces an image contained within a hologram or holographic stereogram. In one embodiment, when a movable section movably attached to an apparatus body is moved from a first position, in which the movable section abuts the apparatus body, to a second position in which the movable section and apparatus body are separated, illumination light from a light source is irradiated at a predetermined incidence angle onto a hologram or holographic stereogram attached to a hologram attach section. In other embodiments, light from a light source is reflected from an edge portion of a light transmitting member, or from a separately provided mirror, to be irradiated at a predetermined angle onto the hologram or holographic stereogram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Shirakura, Seijiro Tomita, Toshio Kikuchi, Toshio Iribe, Nobuhiro Kihara
  • Publication number: 20010001910
    Abstract: A photograph retaining assembly is disclosed, wherein a backing substrate has an adhesive layer on one side and a plurality of retaining pockets on a second side. The retaining pockets formed to preclude perforation of the backing substrate. The retaining pockets can form a frame extending along two, three or all four sides of the photograph, wherein the retaining pocket engages the retained photograph along at least three sides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2001
    Publication date: May 31, 2001
    Inventors: Holly S. Cumberland, Todd C. Cumberland
  • Patent number: 6070350
    Abstract: A display and viewing unit, for use with a printed insert card bearing at least one pair of interlaced images and having a reference edge, comprises a base bearing flexible fingers and a cover member having at least one transparent lenticulated section, a seating area for receiving the printed insert card, and an abutment against which the reference edge of the card can be placed. The base and the cover member pivot relative to one another between an open position and a closed position in which the flexible fingers lie adjacent the seating area, and in which the base and the cover member snap fit together to keep them in this closed position. Also, in this closed position, a slot is left between the base and the cover member so that the card can be inserted between them and viewed through the lenticulated section. The display permits cards to be readily inserted and removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Insight, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen D. Fantone, Anthony L. Gelardi, John A. Gelardi
  • Patent number: 5538135
    Abstract: Various dual-medium articles which advantageously combine two mediums, metal for appearance and durability, and cardboard which affords high quality printing. The articles include a generally rectangular metal substrate having front and rear sides, and a cardboard insert sheet adjacent the rear side. The metal substrate includes a central main portion, four edge marginal portions terminating in respective substrate edges, and four corner marginal portions. The marginal portions surround the central main portion, sharing respective boundaries therewith, and are rolled towards the substrate rear side and around such that the substrate edges contact the insert sheet so as to hold the insert sheet in position. The rolled marginal portions together define a continuous bead around the periphery of the card without any exposed sharp edges. In some embodiments the rolled edges are replaced by hinge sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1996
    Assignee: Cui, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter K. Hexter, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5537716
    Abstract: The present invention presents hinge structures for pivotably and detachably coupling two members, i.e., an axial member and an axial member support, in which a pivotal portion is provided at the base edge of an axial blade of the axial member; a disengaging protrusion is provided at the tip edge of the axial blade; a pivotal rotation guide is extended from near the disengaging protrusion; an engaging extension is provided at the tip edge of the pivotal rotation guide; an opening is formed in the axial member support; a pivotal portion rest is formed on one side face of the opening, while an engagement rest is formed on the other side face opposite to said one side face; a curvature is formed from the engagement rest to said one side face with the pivotal portion rest formed; a lock member is pivotably or slidably provided in the axial member, with its locking claw to be engaged with the engagement rest; and said hinge structure can be pivotably and detachably provided with various auxiliary devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1996
    Inventor: Takeo Komamura
  • Patent number: 5529173
    Abstract: A convertible container having two panels hingedly connected to one another along single edges. Recessed interior walls permit the storage of items therein when the panels are closed. A raised ridge along three outer sides of the panels allows an item to be supported and framed within the exterior panels when the container is open and converted to a double length framed area. Various locks keep the panels closed, interior baffles keep items in place when the container is closed and hook devices permit the container to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Inventor: Frank Salacuse
  • Patent number: 3930326
    Abstract: A desk calendar which permits the day, date and year to be changed by the simple manipulation of two dials, having, internally, a first and second shaft, each shaft controlling two rotatable drums. Each shaft has disposed thereon a first and second actuating member for operative engagement with a coupling device such that when the dialing member is turned in one direction the first drum will rotate and when the dial member is turned in the opposite direction the second drum will rotate. The same structure is related to the second shaft which is disposed on the other end of the frame having a separate dialing member associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1974
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1976
    Inventor: Anthony G. Rosa