Decorative Feature Patents (Class 40/798)
  • Patent number: 9962019
    Abstract: An extendable frame having a first frame half having a first frame first side, a first frame second side, a first frame bridge, and a first gap. Also included is a second frame half having a second frame first side, a second frame second side, a second frame bridge, and a second gap. A first handle is affixed to the first frame bridge while a second handle is affixed to the second frame bridge. A first track system extends from the first frame half toward the second frame half while a second tracking system extends from the second frame half toward the first frame half. A pinion track system is disposed between the first track system and the second track system. The first and second frame halves are movable relative to each other via the first track system, the second track system and the pinion track system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: John Paul Padilla
  • Patent number: 9888791
    Abstract: A molded double frame display hanging frame system that is easy to assemble to hang a display object on a vertical surface. The system includes a square or rectangular platform with four, straight perpendicularly aligned outer edges. Attached to the platform's outer edges is the outer frame. Formed on the center region of the platform is a four sided, raised inner frame structure that allows an inner frame to be selectively attached to the front surface of the platform. A plurality of holes are formed at the inside corners of the mounting area adjacent to the inner frame structure which receive pin connectors that hold the display object over the mounting area. A transparent panel may be placed over the display object and held in position by the inner frame. The platform, the outer frame, and the inner frame may be made of molded composite material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Maurice Guitton
  • Patent number: 9854926
    Abstract: A framing kit includes a frame body, a plurality of printable sheets, and an alignment tool. Each printable sheet has a pre-cut frame sticker with a size corresponding to the picture frame body such that an item being mounted is viewable through a frame sticker window when the frame sticker is attached to the picture frame body. The frame is customized by printing images, patterns and text on the frame sticker of one of the sheets in a characteristic style suited to the item being mounted and then attaching the frame sticker to the frame body. The alignment tool has a recess with walls and an elevated floor against which the picture frame body and the frame sticker register for alignment when attaching the printed frame sticker to the frame body. New frame stickers may be printed to replace the frame sticker attached to the frame body. For example, a new frame sticker may be created in order to mount a different item in the frame body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Dean Macchi
  • Patent number: 8984784
    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 color 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 aluminum so that the apparatus can be mounted without a frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Shadow Gap Company LLP
    Inventor: Brendan Morris Vallar
  • Patent number: 8938896
    Abstract: A specialized fastener cover is suitable for attaching to a fastener used to attach one object to another. The fastener cover includes a decorative faceplate and a method of pivoting the faceplate between two positions. In one position, the fastener can be inserted into the two objects to hold the objects together, or can be removed from the objects to release them from each other. When the faceplate is pivoted to the second position, the decorative faceplate conceals the fastener. The fastener cover can be used to cover fasteners attaching a variety of objects to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Cruiser Accessories, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Spencer, Bret Zelenka, Eldon Goates
  • Patent number: 8939414
    Abstract: A flat panel display installation and method employ a wall bracket assembly for installing a flat panel display on, and at a spacing away from, a support wall. A background member is connected to the wall bracket assembly and is located behind the flat panel display in the spacing. The background member extends past an outer periphery of the flat panel display to be visible as an ornamental backdrop against which the flat panel display is viewable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Anthony Richard Manno
  • Publication number: 20140331534
    Abstract: A framing apparatus (10) and a kit of parts to form a framing apparatus, in which an image (32) is mounted for display purposes. The framing apparatus (10) comprises a first section (12) arranged to provide an upper continuous perimeter to the apparatus (10); a second section (14) arranged to provide a lower continuous perimeter to the apparatus (10), the second section (14) located behind and spaced apart from the first section (12); and a supporting spacer (16) located between the first and second sections (12, 14), the supporting spacer (16) set back from an outer edge (30) of the upper continuous perimeter of the framing apparatus (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Brendan Vallar
  • Patent number: 8863420
    Abstract: A three-dimensional supporting frame includes a blank. The blank includes an image receiving surface, a back surface opposed to the image receiving surface, a center portion defining a perimeter, and at least three foldable extensions extending from the perimeter. Each of the foldable extensions includes no less than four folds to be folded toward the back surface to form the three-dimensional supporting frame. A tab line is scored in one of the folds of each of the at least three foldable extensions, the tab line to be released to form a tab to be secured to the back surface when the folds are folded. An adhesion promoting layer is present on the back surface at the center portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: David Edmondson, Arunkumar Madanagopal, Francois K Pirayesh, Xiaoqi Zhou
  • Patent number: 8839540
    Abstract: Disclosed is a digital frame cover comprised of two basic components which are utilized in conjunction with each other to decorate the front perimeter of a digital frame. The two primary components of the digital frame cover being (1) a hollow rectangular cover comprising cutouts at various locations, and (2) a “decorative wrap” of interior dimensions which allow the decorative wrap to fit snugly over the exterior of the cover. The cover slides/snaps onto the digital frame. The decorative wrap adheres to, or is magnetically attached to the cover. At the user's prerogative, the decorative wrap may be configured to display one or more of a selection of user-selected designs (i.e., wording, pictures, or appliqués).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Tonia L. Gordon
  • 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: 8650780
    Abstract: A specialized fastener cover is suitable for concealing a fastener used to attach one object to another. The fastener cover includes a decorative emblem and a method of pivoting the emblem between two positions. In one position, the decorative emblem conceals the fastener. When the emblem is pivoted to the second position, the fastener can be accessed so that it can be inserted in fastener receptacles in the objects to attach the objects to one another or removed from the fastener receptacles to separate the two objects. The fastener cover can be incorporated into an attachable object, such as a license plate frame to be attached to a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Cruiser Accessories, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Spencer, Bret Zelenka, Eldon Goates
  • Publication number: 20120311905
    Abstract: A creased and perforated printable sheet is used with methods to produce framed printed pictures. The sheet comprises a flat sheet of media having a first side, a second side opposite the first side, and sheet edges between the first side and the second side. Perforations and creases are included within the first side and the second side of the sheet of media, and, when folded, produce a three-dimensional effect. The creases and the perforations define a picture region on the first side of the sheet of media and picture frame regions on the second side of the sheet of media. The picture region and the picture frame regions comprise surfaces having a material composition and texture that accepts and maintains marking material applied by printing devices. The perforations also define removable discard regions and tab slots. The removable discard regions are positioned only between the picture frame regions and the sheet edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Timothy James Dodd, Brent Rodney Jones
  • Publication number: 20120285061
    Abstract: The Tablet Gallery Frame is a A multi-purpose, front-loading Matt frame mounted on a special sturdy Frame with unique system that allows to easily slide—receive any digital tablet on their Horizontal receptacle that contains the necessary openings to provide Power and to turn On/Off of the Tablet device/Ipad, to be display at the wall for a swing open/close, front loading, mostly used to show the Photography in Motion as a Gallery Frame, in either landscape or portrait mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventor: Sergio Angon
  • Publication number: 20120266511
    Abstract: A keepsake display device stores and displays a printed ultrasound image, and includes a substantially transparent convex hollow first member with a substantially closed smooth outer surface, a second member coupled to the first member to define a substantially closed outer surface for the device, and a display element adapted to receive the printed ultrasound image and display it through the outer surface of the first member. The first and second members can be shaped to mimic a pregnant belly and a woman's buttocks, together representing the midsection of a pregnant woman. A kit includes the display device plus one or more of a lamination member, a real or plastic birthstone or a set of real or plastic birthstones, a template useful for cutting the ultrasound image, and glue. An assembly includes the display device and a figurine such a stork which can hold the display device from its beak.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventors: Adrienne Hughes, Jeffrey Magsitza, Kelly Law
  • Patent number: 8276300
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a display device, which comprises a display body having two opposite sides adjacent to a periphery thereof and each formed with at least one first positioning element respectively, and at least one detachable decorative member made of an elastic material and formed with a second positioning element in two opposite sides adjacent to two end edges thereof respectively. When the second positioning element is inserted into and engaged with the first positioning element corresponding thereto, the elastic deformation force of the decorative member can generate a clamping force for enabling the second positioning element to firmly clamp the first positioning element, protecting the periphery of the display body from being broken due to external impact or abrasion, using the decorative member as an elastic cushioning for packing the display body into a packing box, and reducing the use of packing materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Hannspree, Inc.
    Inventor: Wen-Hung Huang
  • Patent number: 8156674
    Abstract: A frame block for use in displaying typically flat planar rectangular objects such as photographs comprises two parallel planar areas, at least one such area having a plurality of grooves and associated ridges. The grooves and ridges each have a predetermined width and an associated length. The grooves are cut into a surface of the frame block and have a predetermined depth for receiving a clear plastic protector frame for an object to be displayed. The grooves and ridges form an area for display in which a two- or three-sided clear plastic protector frame may be mounted, each of which protects the object to the displayed. When standing on a side with the grooves horizontally aligned to said side, the frame block area is adapted to receive a three-sided protector and associated object at a location within the area selected by a user, two opposite sides of the three-sided protector being received into two horizontally aligned grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Sergio Eduardo Martinez, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120042552
    Abstract: A method of fabricating diamond-emulating display frame structure and a diamond-emulating display frame structure provided by the same are provided. The method of fabricating diamond-emulating display frame structure of the present invention comprises: providing a display frame module and a decorative frame, wherein the display frame module has a connecting part, the decorative frame has plural concaves arranged in order and separated via plural partitions; forming a de-waxing layer on the partitions of the decorative frame; forming an adhesive layer on the decorative frame; forming a reflective material layer on the adhesive layer; removing the de-waxing layer; drying the decorative frame; and combining the decorative frame with the display frame module via the connecting part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: Hannspree, Inc.
    Inventors: Wen-Hung Huang, Kuan-Cheng Hsieh, Yi-Chung Chiu, Chih-Ming Chu
  • 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: 7654025
    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: May 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Mirrormate, LLC
    Inventors: Lisa Huntting, Mark Lacko
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20090277064
    Abstract: A multi-function diversified photo frame formed by way of simple vacuum molding includes a front part and a rear part, which are integrally connected to each other or are not connected to each other. The photo frame is one-piece molded and made of an environment protective and single plastic material, such as PET, by way of heating vacuuming and extruding, so that the photo frame can be easily manufactured, the single material can be easily recycled, and the economic effectiveness of reducing the cost can be obtained. Thus, a photo, a picture, a commendation, a certificate or a voucher may be interposed between the front and rear parts and may be represented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventor: Jack Chang
  • Publication number: 20090229157
    Abstract: A decorative frame assembly is provided. The frame assembly incorporates mechanically reproduced decorative components onto outwardly facing surfaces in order to provide an inexpensive mimic of a conventional frame. A method of assembly also is provided. A typical frame assembly includes a photographically reproduced decorative element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventor: Anne Suzette Mehler
  • Publication number: 20090084014
    Abstract: Provided is an activity toy configured to allow for a primary image, such as a photograph, to be converted into a fun and amusing secondary image in a manner that does not harm the original primary image. The toy may be used by children to decorate photographs with decorative devices, such as markers or stickers, without permanently marking the underlying photograph. Provided systems for use with both traditional and digital images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2007
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventors: Dale A. Sloan, Kimberly Kearlewine
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20080236015
    Abstract: A Feng Shui screen for hiding a wall mounted display monitor is disclosed. The Feng Shui screen includes a decorative frame such a picture frame and an opaque, often decorative, screen secured into the frame. The frame and screen are sized to conceal a wall mounted display monitor such as a television monitor. At least one and often two brackets are secured onto the wall in a location near opposing sides of the display monitor. The brackets slidably mount the frame to the wall such that the frame is operable on the brackets to slide between a first position covering and concealing the display monitor to a second position in which the front on the monitor is uncovered for viewing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventor: Jamie L. Fleming
  • Patent number: 7412847
    Abstract: A metal decorative article includes: a first decorative member formed with a first hole pattern of through-holes, the first hole pattern having inner and outer sides, each of the through-holes extending from the outer side to the inner side, and having an outer peripheral edge on the outer side and an inner peripheral edge on the inner side, the outer peripheral edge of each of the through-holes having dimensions different from those of the inner peripheral edge of the respective one of the through-holes; a second decorative member formed with a second hole pattern of through-holes having inner and outer sides that are respectively symmetrical to the inner and outer sides of the first hole pattern; and a frame defining a frame space. The first and second decorative members are respectively received in the frame space of the frame such that the inner sides face each other and are spaced apart from each other by a gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Inventor: Ya-Tsai Huang
  • Publication number: 20080193786
    Abstract: A sign that incorporates decorative studs that are affixed into holes or recesses in the sign. The studs have a uniform base portion, and have different decorations on their heads. Another embodiment is a plush toy having buttonholes in various locations for inserting decorative studs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventor: William Luke Morton
  • Patent number: 7363739
    Abstract: A decorative border affixed to a solid surface which includes a plurality of photographic display units extending in physical commonality to form the decorative border, each of the plurality of photographic display units having a pocket surrounded by a decorative surface area, and an attachment mechanism for mounting the plurality of display units to the solid surface is disclosed. A decorative border including a plurality of photographic units embodied in a flexible sheet of underlayment, covering and optional decorative surface sheet is also disclosed. A decorative border including a plurality of interconnected photographic display units coupled together by a connecting mechanism which form the decorative border is also disclosed. Finally, a method of making a decorative border which includes providing the same is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Inventors: Crystal A. Dalsey, Edward M. Dalsey
  • Patent number: 7254912
    Abstract: A combination postcard picture display is disclosed. The combination postcard picture display includes a postcard panel typically having a photograph or image, a display stand cutout which is detachable from the postcard panel, and a self-supporting display stand which is formable from the display stand cutout to display the photograph or image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Inventor: Rhonda Zigar
  • 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: 7036257
    Abstract: A decorative holiday picture frame cover, for use in conjunction with an existing picture frame having a front, sides, a rear, and a border defining a window at the front. The picture frame cover has a front panel, and a stretchable rear edging. The picture frame cover is fitted onto the frame by extending the rear edging behind the rear of the frame and engaging the sides of the frame with the edging, thereby causing the front panel to extend over the front of the picture frame, and to cover the window of the picture frame. The front panel has the appearance of gift wrap paper and has an attractive bow thereon so that the picture frame is given the appearance of a wrapped gift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Inventor: Louis Sardo
  • Patent number: 6849320
    Abstract: A decorative molding/casing for use in decorating a room or furniture as disclosed. The decorative molding/casing in general has a routed or lazered front surface establishing a front face section. The rear surface of the molding/casing is preferably milled to create a longitudinal groove which establishes a first interior surface and a pair of symmetric support sections. Any desired artistic design cutouts may then be routed or lazered through the front face section and through the first interior surface into the longitudinal groove. A filler material is then colored or selected. The filler material may then be positioned within the longitudinal groove between the pair of symmetric support sections. The colored surface of the filler material may then be positioned proximate to the first interior surface where the filler material may be secured to the first interior surface by any preferred means as desired by an individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Inventor: Timothy Duffney
  • Patent number: 6832444
    Abstract: A license plate cover has a transparent or translucent frame, an annular insert and an elastomeric gasket. The frame includes a periphery and an inner side for disposal adjacent to a license plate. The inner side includes an elongate annular channel near the periphery of the frame. The annular insert is disposed adjacent the flat bottom of the channel. An elastomeric gasket is disposed on top of the insert in the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Inventor: David F. MacNeil
  • Patent number: 6820360
    Abstract: A picture frame includes a frame with a decorative cover thereon. The frame has an opening through which a picture can be viewed and the cover extends from a top of the frame and around an interior edge of the opening to a bottom of the frame. The picture frame has an annular substrate that has an interior peripheral wall with plural steps ascending from the substrate and extending into the opening, where a riser of a top step abuts the interior edge of the opening to hold the cover between the riser and the frame, and where a flat of a bottom step abuts the bottom of the frame to hold the cover between the flat and the frame. A removably attachable back that holds a picture is provided in the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Inventor: Thomas Glazer
  • Publication number: 20030226303
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a rectangular display frame structure, which enables at least one lengthwise hollowed-out area, set on front panel edges of the frame body, to install an ornamental tube inside. The ornamental tube contains colored and colorless liquid with tiny spangles. A heating light (such as light bulb) is located at the base of the ornamental tube utilizing generated light for projecting onto the ornamental tube, at the same time, heating up the base to form bubbles in liquid. Rising bubbles move spangles upward; meanwhile, the light is reflected from the spangles to give a flame-like visual effect. The central portion of the panel includes a hollowed-out display area for displaying a photo, a picture, or embedding a glass window in it, as wishes. The said display area further enables clock hands and its dials to be mounted to achieve the effect of showing time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2002
    Publication date: December 11, 2003
    Inventor: Kevin Lee
  • Patent number: 6617005
    Abstract: A decorative molding/casing for use in decorating a room or furniture as disclosed. The decorative molding/casing in general has a routed or lazered front surface establishing a front face section. The rear surface of the molding/casing is preferably milled to create a longitudinal groove which establishes a first interior surface and a pair of symmetric support sections. Any desired artistic design cutouts may then be routed or lazered through the front face section and through the first interior surface into the longitudinal groove. A filler material is then colored or selected. The filler material may then be positioned within the longitudinal groove between the pair of symmetric support sections. The colored surface of the filler material may then be positioned proximate to the first interior surface where the filler material may be secured to the first interior surface by any preferred means as desired by an individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Inventor: Timothy Duffney
  • Patent number: 6553695
    Abstract: A license plate frame (10) that includes a first horizontal section (14) having a pair of mounting tabs (22) and a second horizontal section (16) having a pair of indicia emblems (44). The-design of the frame (10) allows the frame to be attached to a vehicle license plate (80) in either of two selectable positions: in the first position the frame (10) is attached to the vehicle with the pair of emblems (44) located on the lower section of the frame; in the second position the frame (10) is attached to a vehicle with the pair of emblems located on the upper section of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventor: Calvin S. Wang
  • Patent number: 6550172
    Abstract: A screen border has a plurality of chambers that are arranged around the perimeter of the border. The chambers are adapted to receive appearance-changing objects, such as image-bearing strips or decorative, three-dimensional objects, therein. Appearance-changing objects may be easily inserted into and withdrawn from the interior of the chambers through access areas provided on the border. The border may be integrally formed into a housing, or it may be removably or permanently attached to an existing housing. A hinged connection may be incorporated into the construction of the border so that the border may be temporarily pivoted away from the screen to allow a user to gain access to controls or the like positioned behind the border.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Inventor: James Korpai
  • Publication number: 20030041488
    Abstract: A pin has a front side having a recess therein and a back side having a connector for attaching the pin to an article of clothing. The recess is capable of having a photograph attached therein. The pin provides users of pins with flexibility in designing pins to personal taste. In another version the pin has two hinged sections that can be opened and closed like a book, with each section having a recess for a photo.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2001
    Publication date: March 6, 2003
    Inventor: William Wu
  • Patent number: 6510638
    Abstract: A picture frame for supporting and displaying a photograph or other similar item includes a frame body having a plurality of individual frame members which are affixed together. The frame body is constructed of metal and is shaped to define a center opening in which the photograph is positioned. A transparent glass plate is mounted onto the frame body over the center opening to protect the photograph without impeding visibility. For decorative purposes, text is shaped from a soft metal and is soldered onto the frame body around the center opening. In addition, a plurality of colored glass panels are mounted onto the frame body around the center opening. Furthermore, a plurality of flowers are disposed between a pair of spaced apart glass panels which, in turn, are mounted onto the frame body around the center opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Assignee: Welco Photo Frame Inc
    Inventor: Walter Wang
  • Patent number: 6510631
    Abstract: A picture frame assembly has a border with recesses for holding coins. The border consists of an internally mounted framing component having a plurality of circular recesses formed therein. The internal edges of the framing component are designed to slightly overlap the edges of the picture or photo to be framed, while the external edges are designed to fit under the external border of the frame. A backing member immediately adjacent the framing component cooperates with the apertures formed in the framing component to create recessed into which coins may be placed. The date of the coins coincides with the date of the photo or picture and thus provide an indication of the date of the photo or picture. The backing member is held in position relative to the framing component by a clamp, which also serves to bind the frontal border and glass plate in position thereby completing the frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Inventor: Patricia Baggarly
  • Patent number: 6472038
    Abstract: An exchangeable decorative frame cover is provided for decoration. The exchangeable decorative frame cover includes a frame cover made of flexible material with a shape adaptable to a solid frame, and a means for securing the frame cover on to the solid frame, and releasing the frame cover from the solid frame. The exchangeable decorative frame cover can be made of fabric, leather, fur and plastics. Additionally, a kit is also provided, which contains a plurality of exchangeable decorative frame covers for providing a decorative picture frame an ability to be matched with eclectic decor. The kit can further include a picture frame together with a plurality of exchangeable decorative frame covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Inventor: Jennifer Murphy
  • Publication number: 20020116852
    Abstract: The invention is created by taking photographs and introducing them into a computer by either scanning hardcopies or directly from a digital format. The photos are then arranged in a way to allow the colors or patterns to flow around an opening in the center in which a removable photo or item can be placed. Once an appropriate pattern is achieved, the image is printed onto a glossy photo quality paper and then adhered to matte board. The center is then removed using a beveled cutter in order to display the depth of the matte board. The final photo matte is a blended image of photos that depicts a story told with photos rather than words.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2002
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Inventors: Lori Ann Kock, Lodonja Ann Fisher
  • Patent number: 6418652
    Abstract: According to an example embodiment of the present invention, an extruded decorative frame member includes a front side opposite a back side, the front side having a substantially planar region and a retaining flange at each opposing edge of the substantially planar region. The front side is configured and arranged to accept and couple to decorative articles. The frame member further includes a first channel configured and arranged to provide mounting support and restraint in two dimensions relative to the front side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Inventor: Jean Crawford
  • Patent number: 6402878
    Abstract: A process for making a picture frame includes the step of printing border art and registration marks on a piece of sheet material, such as paper, and marking a laser cut path on the printed sheet of material and then zone coating an adhesive onto the sheet material over the printed artwork. The process includes attaching the sheet material to a transparent polymer sheet, cutting the printed sheet material along the marked cut path to form a cutout in the printed sheet and removing the cutout portion of the printed sheet material which does not have adhesive applied thereto. The transparent polymer sheet is heated and folded to form a backing for the picture frame. The process can also utilize a zone coating of ultraviolet activated adhesive applied over the printed artwork, then passing the polymer sheet having the printed sheet attached thereto through a pair of rollers for removing air bubbles and directing ultraviolet light through the polymer sheet onto the adhesive to activate the adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Inventor: Richard N. Bradford
  • Patent number: 6395125
    Abstract: A process for making a picture frame includes the step of printing border art and registration marks on a piece of transparent sheet material, such as vinyl or polycarbonate plastic sheet material, while leaving a center window portion transparent. Then making a laser cut path in a computer digital file for the printed transparent sheet material for cutting the outside path of the border art and then coating an adhesive onto the transparent sheet material to cover the printed artwork and transparent center window. The process includes attaching the transparent sheet material having the printed border surrounding a transparent center window onto a transparent polymer picture frame member, cutting the transparent sheet of material along the computer stored cutout path on the outer edge of the border art to form an outer border on the transparent material and transparent picture frame member. The transparent polymer sheet is heated and folded to form a backing for the picture frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Inventor: Richard N. Bradford
  • Publication number: 20020050086
    Abstract: A picture frame is provided with a rotary decorative body that is rotatably mounted on a main portion of the frame. The rotational axis of rotary decorative body runs parallel to the respective frame side. The rotary decorative body is mounted at its two ends on respective support arms that are connected to the main portion. The support arms may be attached rigidly or pivotably. The rotary decorative body may have an outer surface of any design, and it may be provided with an interior light source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2001
    Publication date: May 2, 2002
    Inventor: Gernot Hirse
  • Patent number: 6305112
    Abstract: A frame for framing pictures has frame sections each having an external side wall connecting a channel for corner brackets on the back of the frame section with a visible front surface, which extends from the side wall towards a picture element in the frame. A screen wall extends from a holding lip down past a supporting lip to a bottom surface. A clear gap between the front surface of the frame section and the screen wall is of a smaller width than the distance from the holding lip to the bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Inventor: C. C. Steffen Hansen
  • Patent number: 6231196
    Abstract: The reflective backing of a mirror or other product is marked, engraved, scribed, or decorated with a laser beam to produce a decorative display assembly with a laser-enhanced image thereon. This can be accomplished by vaporizing part of the reflective backing with the laser beam. Multi-colored laser-enhanced images can also be formed. The decorative display assembly can also be backlit or back colored to further enhance the attractiveness of the laser-enhanced image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: Precision Laser Marking, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel W. Mahachek
  • Patent number: 6205692
    Abstract: A decorative object including a groove, such as a grooved border or other indicia, with a rounded apex and well-defined sidewalls, formed in the back surface of the object. The back side of the object is painted a first color and the grooved border is painted a second different or contrasting color to give the illusion of a frame made of metal, stone or some other material that is embedded in the object. The illusion of an embedded frame gives the object a three-dimensional visual quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: Planter, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Kite