Knockdown Patents (Class 428/8)
  • Patent number: 10939777
    Abstract: Disclosed is an artificial tree having a plurality of electrified tree sections that couple together to provide power and/or command signals to devices connected thereto. One or more tree sections may have a trunk portion, one or more electrical connectors having a plurality of terminals, branches, a light string, and an electrical distribution system located at least partially within the trunk portion. A first tree section may be configured to couple to a second tree section such that an electrical connector of the first tree section is in electrical connection with an electrical connector of the second tree section, thereby mechanically and electrically connecting the first tree section to the second tree section such that power and/or the control data are transmitted to the second tree section. Further, each trunk segment may include an axial electrical connector that permits adjacent trunk segments to connect in a plurality of radial orientations relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Belgravia Wood Limited
    Inventor: Jason Loomis
  • Patent number: 10881158
    Abstract: A lighted artificial tree includes a first tree portion including a first trunk portion, first branches joined to the first trunk portion, and a first light string. The first trunk portion has a trunk connector and a first trunk wiring assembly, the first trunk wiring assembly is electrically connectable to the first light string and the trunk connector, and at least a portion of the first wiring assembly is located inside the first portion. The second tree portion includes a second trunk portion, second branches, and a second light string. The second trunk portion has a trunk connector and a second trunk wiring assembly, the second trunk wiring assembly electrically connectable to the second lighting string and the trunk connector. The second tree portion may be mechanically coupled and electrically connected to the first tree portion by coaxially coupling the first trunk portion to the second trunk portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Willis Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Johnny Chen
  • Patent number: 10512354
    Abstract: A lighted artificial tree, including a first tree portion having a first electrical connector having a first electrical terminal positioned in line with a central vertical axis, and a second electrical terminal. The tree also includes a second tree portion that includes a second electrical connector having a first electrical terminal and a second electrical terminal, the second electrical terminal defining a ring shape that encircles the first electrical terminal. When the first tree portion is coupled to the second tree portion, the first electrical connector is coupled to the second electrical connector, such that the first electrical terminal of the first electrical connector is electrically connected to the first electrical terminal of the second electrical connector, and the second electrical terminal of the first electrical connector is electrically connected to the second electrical terminal of the second electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Willis Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Johnny Chen
  • Patent number: 10149646
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to objective evaluation of shoulder stability. An accelerometer is attached adjacent the subject's shoulder and the subject is provided with a vibrating device that is held in the hand of the subject's outstretched arm. The subject is instructed to keep his or her arm as still as possible while holding the vibrating device. Data is obtained from the accelerometer over a predetermined length of time. Using a processor, preferably wirelessly connected to the accelerometer, shoulder stability is evaluated in relation to the subject's ability to resist vibratory forces. In an embodiment, the processor evaluates shoulder stability by averaging measured g-forces obtained from the accelerometer along three axes. The average g-forces across each axis are averaged together to give an overall average. The overall average is compared with available normative values to determine the risk level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Elizabeth Andreadis
  • Patent number: 9123975
    Abstract: The invention provides for a method of discharging a chemical source of electric energy in two stages. The chemical source of electric energy comprises a positive electrode (cathode) including sulphur or sulphur-based organic compounds, sulphur-based polymeric compounds or sulphur-based inorganic compounds as a depolarizer, a negative electrode (anode) made of metallic lithium or lithium-containing alloys, and an electrolyte comprising a solution of at least one salt in at least one aprotic solvent. The method comprises the steps of configuring the chemical source of electric energy to generate soluble polysulphides in the electrolyte during a first stage of a two stage discharge process, and selecting the quantity of sulphur in the depolarizer and the volume of electrolyte in a way that after the first stage discharge of the cathode, the concentration of the soluble polysulphides in the electrolyte is at least seventy percent (70%) of a saturation concentration of the polysulphides in the electrolyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Oxis Energy Limited
    Inventors: Vladimir Kolosnitsyn, Elena Karaseva
  • Patent number: 9028928
    Abstract: According to embodiments described in the specification, a method and apparatus are provided for producing an acoustic component. The acoustic component comprises a first compression-molded member comprising a first material; and a second injection-molded member coupled to and substantially surrounding the first member, the second member comprising a second material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Axiom Group Inc.
    Inventors: Rocco Di Serio, Herbert Anton Jahn, Perry Rizzo
  • Publication number: 20150072087
    Abstract: A power transfer system to facilitate the transfer of electrical power between tree trunk sections of an artificial tree is disclosed. The power transfer system can advantageously enable neighboring tree trunk sections to be electrically connected without the need to rotationally align the tree trunk sections. Power distribution subsystems can be disposed within the trunk sections. The power distribution subsystems can comprise a male end, a female end, or both. The male ends can have prongs and the female ends can have voids. The prongs can be inserted into the voids to electrically connect the power distribution subsystems of neighboring tree trunk sections. In some embodiments, the prongs and voids are designed so that the prongs of one power distribution subsystem can engage the voids of another power distribution subsystem without the need to rotationally align the tree trunk sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Chin Yin Alan Leung, Ricky Tong, Chi Kin Samuel Kwok, Chang-Jun He
  • Publication number: 20140363589
    Abstract: A multi-piece ceremonial sculpture and a method of assembly. The method of assembling the sculpture is to fasten a heart-shaped outer piece to a base by way of a peg and an indented hole. Once the outer piece has been secured, an inner piece will be inserted within the outer piece and securely fastened within. A topper pin is placed through aligned openings on the top of both the outer and inner pieces. Once assembled, the heart sculpture represents love, unity and commitment between two parties together in a union.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Michael James Letney
  • Publication number: 20140272202
    Abstract: A collapsible Christmas tree has a main trunk, a base, and multiple string lights. The main trunk is telescopic. The base is detachably mounted on a bottom end of the main trunk. The string lights are connected to the main trunk and the base. Two ends of each string light are respectively connected to a top end of the main trunk and the base. The main trunk and the base can be disassembled from each other. Additionally, the main trunk is telescopic, such that the overall volume can be further reduced when the collapsible Christmas tree is folded. As a result, the collapsible Christmas tree is convenient both for storage and transportation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: George Tsai
  • Publication number: 20140154430
    Abstract: A cross shaped Christmas decoration has a modular frame in the shape of a Christian cross, a garland, a plurality of lights, and a base. The garland covers the frame to imitate the appearance of a coniferous evergreen tree. The plurality of lights is positioned around the frame and supported by the frame to enhance the surface appearance of a typical Christmas tree. The base is positioned near the bottom of the frame to support the frame in an upright orientation. The arms of the cross may be detached from a central beam of the frame for convenient storage. The base uses a plurality of legs and leg connectors to hold the frame in an upright position, and may be disassembled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: Darren Ray HOWARD
  • Publication number: 20140087094
    Abstract: A power transfer system to facilitate the transfer of electrical power between tree trunk sections of an artificial tree is disclosed. The power transfer system can advantageously enable neighboring tree trunk sections to be electrically connected without the need to rotationally align the tree trunk sections. Power distribution subsystems can be disposed within the trunk sections. The power distribution subsystems can comprise a male end, a female end, or both. The male ends can have prongs and the female ends can have voids. The prongs can be inserted into the voids to electrically connect the power distribution subsystems of neighboring tree trunk sections. In some embodiments, the prongs and voids are designed so that the prongs of one power distribution subsystem can engage the voids of another power distribution subsystem without the need to rotationally align the tree trunk sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: POLYGROUP MACAU LIMITED (BVI)
    Inventors: Chi Yin Alan Leung, Ricky Tong, Chi Kin Samuel Kwok, Chang-Jun He
  • Publication number: 20140017421
    Abstract: In an implementation, an apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a base and a plurality of branches to create an artistic design. The apparatus may require assembly, and when assembled the apparatus becomes a rigid, stable and free-standing structure of a shape that does not naturally occur. The apparatus does not replicate something found in nature. This apparatus allows for the placement of ornaments, lights or other decorations in a plurality of locations or attachment points on the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Alex Gregg Patchen, Michael Scott Patchen
  • Patent number: 8612244
    Abstract: Various aspects of one or more methods, apparatuses and data processor program products capable of enabling management of data associated with an athleticism development program are disclosed herein. These various aspects include maintaining a database including subscriber performance data for a plurality of athleticism development program subscribers and facilitating preparation of a subscriber performance report for a specified one of the plurality of athleticism development program subscribers. The subscriber performance data is capable of enabling an attained standardized athleticism level to be determined for each one of the athleticism development program subscribers. The implementation of standardized athleticism levels is advantageous as it supports a measurable plan of progress for motivating a subscriber and trainer to meet their individual and mutual goals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Fleming, Thomas D. Mixon
  • Publication number: 20130323438
    Abstract: A system and method of tracking physical activity of a person in order to help motivate that person to add more exercise to their lives. Each participant is provided a motion sensor that detects forces incurred by the participant. The motion sensor creates electronic data that corresponds to the forces detected. The data is analyzed to determine whether or not exercise has been performed. The analysis can also determine the type of exercise performed, when the exercise was performed, and the duration of the exercise performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: GlobalFit
    Inventors: Frank Napolitano, Andrew Greenberg, Christian Ludwig
  • Patent number: 8480256
    Abstract: A wall-mounted Christmas tree device serving as a festive holiday decoration that takes up minimal space. This pine tree-shaped invention may be temporarily removably mounted to at least one wall and/or door or other suitable vertical surface thereby making it easy for occupants of virtually any size residence to display a beautiful, realistic festive decoration. The wall-mounted Christmas tree device disclosed herein preferably comprises the following components: at least two flat tree half outlines; a spine having a plurality of sockets; a base having electrical powering means; and a plurality of insertable branches. The Styrofoam or fiberglass flat tree half outlines may include double-sided tape or a plurality of suction cups to removably attach the wall-mounted Christmas tree device on a vertical surface. A kit for the present invention and method of use is also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: Kathleen Hollinger
  • Patent number: 8454186
    Abstract: A lighted artificial tree includes a first tree portion including a first trunk portion, first branches joined to the first trunk portion, and a first light string. The first trunk portion has a trunk connector and a first trunk wiring assembly, the first trunk wiring assembly is electrically connectable to the first light string and the trunk connector, and at least a portion of the first wiring assembly is located inside the first portion. The second tree portion includes a second trunk portion, second branches, and a second light string. The second trunk portion has a trunk connector and a second trunk wiring assembly, the second trunk wiring assembly electrically connectable to the second lighting string and the trunk connector. The second tree portion may be mechanically coupled and electrically connected to the first tree portion by coaxially coupling the first trunk portion to the second trunk portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Willis Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Johnny Chen
  • Patent number: 8454187
    Abstract: A lighted artificial tree includes a first tree portion including a first trunk portion, first branches joined to the first trunk portion, and a first light string. The first trunk portion has a trunk connector and a first trunk wiring assembly, the first trunk wiring assembly is electrically connectable to the first light string and the trunk connector, and at least a portion of the first wiring assembly is located inside the first portion. The second tree portion includes a second trunk portion, second branches, and a second light string. The second trunk portion has a trunk connector and a second trunk wiring assembly, the second trunk wiring assembly electrically connectable to the second lighting string and the trunk connector. The second tree portion may be mechanically coupled and electrically connected to the first tree portion by coaxially coupling the first trunk portion to the second trunk portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Willis Electric Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Johnny Chen
  • Publication number: 20120295041
    Abstract: A locking artificial tree trunk including a first generally cylindrical, hollow trunk portion including an upper end, the upper end defining a notch, and a second generally cylindrical trunk portion including a body portion, a lower end having an insertable portion, and an upper end. The locking artificial tree trunk also includes a coupling mechanism having a body portion and an upper portion having a tab, and defining a channel for receiving the insertable portion of the lower end of the second trunk portion. The body portion is inserted substantially into the upper end of the first trunk portion with the tab of the upper portion aligned with the notch, thereby preventing rotation of the coupling mechanism within the upper end of the first trunk portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventor: Johnny Chen
  • Publication number: 20120276307
    Abstract: The artificial tree is collapsible by inverting a main trunk thereof to swap positions of a first end and second end. The limbs are pivotably attached to the main trunk so that they sag under force of gravity from a deployed more horizontally extending orientation to a collapsed more vertically extending orientation when the main trunk is inverted. A base is preferably provided which has wheels and static portions in contact with the ground for supporting the tree thereon. A riser extending up from the base is configured to have an end of the main trunk rest therein. A lock is also preferably provided to hold an end of the trunk within the riser of the base. A separate treetop portion is removably attachable to ends of the trunk to complete the tree when in a deployed configuration and for storage of the treetop when the tree is not collapsed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventor: Bruce A. Schooley
  • Patent number: 8197917
    Abstract: A decoration includes a first, lower decoration member and a second, lower decoration member detachably connected to the first, lower decoration member. Each lower decoration member includes a lower main body having first and second lower branch portions and a lower engaging slot in an upper end thereof. The decoration further includes at least one upper decoration member. The upper decoration member includes an upper main body having first and second upper branch portions and an upper engaging slot in a lower end thereof. The lower engaging slots of the first and second lower decoration members are engaged with the upper decoration member, and the upper engaging slot of the upper decoration member is engaged with the first and second lower decoration members. The decoration can be quickly assembled and exhibit a rich visional appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Chi-Min Wang
  • Publication number: 20120076957
    Abstract: A lighted artificial tree includes a first tree portion including a first trunk portion, first branches joined to the first trunk portion, and a first light string. The first trunk portion has a trunk connector and a first trunk wiring assembly, the first trunk wiring assembly is electrically connectable to the first light string and the trunk connector, and at least a portion of the first wiring assembly is located inside the first portion. The second tree portion includes a second trunk portion, second branches, and a second light string. The second trunk portion has a trunk connector and a second trunk wiring assembly, the second trunk wiring assembly electrically connectable to the second lighting string and the trunk connector. The second tree portion may be mechanically coupled and electrically connected to the first tree portion by coaxially coupling the first trunk portion to the second trunk portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventor: Johnny Chen
  • Publication number: 20120027961
    Abstract: Decorating assemblies and methods of use are disclosed herein. An exemplary decorating assembly for decorating a tree includes a base member and one or more ornamental strings. The base member typically has an aperture disposed in the approximate center of the base member, a rim section, a trough section, and a plurality of slots extending generally vertically from a top edge of the rim section proximal the trough section. An exemplary method of decorating a tree with a decorating assembly includes providing the decorating assembly, typically preassembled within a container, holding the one or more ornamental strings in one hand while placing the base member on the top of the tree. Then, the one or more ornamental strings can be spread onto the tree in various configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventor: Phyllis Fogle
  • Publication number: 20120009360
    Abstract: A connector system facilitates the connection of a first tree trunk to a second tree trunk of an artificial tree system, and further protects one or more ends of a trunk when, for example, the artificial tree system is being shipped or stored. The connector system comprises a sleeve. The sleeve comprises a cylindrical shaped body. The outer of the body has a uniform cylindrical shape. The interior of the sleeve has different diameters at its top and bottom. The interior includes a notch or shoulder. The shoulder is in proximity to the top end of the sleeve. The sleeve further comprises a cutout for assisting with connecting and securing the trunks together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: POLYGROUP MACAU LIMITED (BVI)
    Inventors: Yong Fu, Chung-Wai (Paul) Cheng
  • Publication number: 20110305849
    Abstract: A decorative light display used with a decorative string of lights comprises an inner and an outer flexible circular-shaped substructure, the flexible substructures including a pair of interlocking notches allowing the substructures to be assembled together to form a generally spherically shaped framework; the substructures having inner and outer circumferences, wherein the notches are formed on the inner circumference of the outer flexible substructure and the outer circumference of the inner flexible substructure; further comprising a sinusoidal wave shape formed on the outer circumferences of the flexible substructures for securing the decorative string of lights in contact therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventors: Ronald G. Presswood JR., Selby Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8078478
    Abstract: Various aspects of one or more methods, apparatuses and data processor program products capable of enabling management of data associated with an athleticism development program are disclosed herein. These various aspects include maintaining a database including subscriber performance data for a plurality of athleticism development program subscribers and facilitating preparation of a subscriber performance report for a specified one of the plurality of athleticism development program subscribers. The subscriber performance data is capable of enabling an attained standardized athleticism level to be determined for each one of the athleticism development program subscribers. The implementation of standardized athleticism levels is advantageous as it supports a measurable plan of progress for motivating a subscriber and trainer to meet their individual and mutual goals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Fleming, Thomas D. Mixon
  • Publication number: 20110262664
    Abstract: The artificial Christmas tree 10 has a trunk 12 configured in the form of popular or religious inspired figures. The figures may include a Christian cross, Santa Claus, an angel and a reindeer. The artificial tree 10 is provided with a base 14 to support the trunk 12 and artificial branches 18 that simulate the branches of traditional “real” Christmas trees. The branches 18 and base 14 are removably attached to the trunk 12 to allow for dismantling and storage. The trunk is fabricated from plastic material that is translucent to light. A source of light 16 is disposed inside the trunk to illuminate the trunk. The branches are of different lengths and configurations so that the assembled artificial tree will assume the shape of a traditional tree as much as possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventor: Marsha K. Boggs
  • Publication number: 20110195204
    Abstract: An improved three dimensional display such as a Holiday decoration having collapsible constructions having a shape memory internal frame. In one embodied form, the unique display includes a collapsible internal frame formed, in part, from metal wire imparted with suitable memory characteristics. Such metals are referred to as “shape memory alloys” (SMAs) because much metals “remember” their original shapes. Accordingly, the present invention uses a deformable internal metal frame supporting an outer sheath formed from suitable materials such as fabric, or plastic film for the skin of the inventive three dimensional displays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventor: Johnny Chen
  • Publication number: 20110122624
    Abstract: A wall-mounted Christmas tree device serving as a festive holiday decoration that takes up minimal space. This pine tree-shaped invention may be temporarily removably mounted to at least one wall and/or door or other suitable vertical surface thereby making it easy for occupants of virtually any size residence to display a beautiful, realistic festive decoration. The wall-mounted Christmas tree device disclosed herein preferably comprises the following components: at least two flat tree half outlines; a spine having a plurality of sockets; a base having electrical powering means; and a plurality of insertable branches. The Styrofoam or fiberglass flat tree half outlines may include double-sided tape or a plurality of suction cups to removably attach the wall-mounted Christmas tree device on a vertical surface. A kit for the present invention and method of use is also described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventor: Kathleen Hollinger
  • Patent number: 7943211
    Abstract: An improved three dimensional display such as a Holiday decoration having collapsible constructions having a shape memory internal frame. In one embodied form, the unique display includes a collapsible internal frame formed, in part, from metal wire imparted with suitable memory characteristics. Such metals are referred to as “shape memory alloys” (SMAs) because much metals “remember” their original shapes. Accordingly, the present invention uses a deformable internal metal frame supporting an outer sheath formed from suitable materials such as fabric, or plastic film for the skin of the inventive three dimensional displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Willis Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Johnny Chen
  • Publication number: 20110076425
    Abstract: A pull up artificial tree system is adapted to change from a collapsed storage state to an expanded operable state. The pull up tree system includes a base system, a trunk, and a first tree assembly. The first tree assembly includes a top portion; a plurality of frame assemblies comprising a collar, a plurality of outwardly extending support braces, a perimeter, and branch assemblies; and a connection assembly. The collars are slidably disposed upon the trunk, such that they can be pulled upwardly. The pull up tree system can support a regularly arranged artificial tree and/or an inverted tree. In addition, the pull up tree system can be stored in a shell that is slidably disposable within a storage container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Applicant: POLYGROUP MACAU LIMITED (BVI)
    Inventors: Lewis Cheng, Thomas Harman
  • Publication number: 20110033641
    Abstract: An artificial decorative plant of the present invention is to assemble multiple branches first and then assemble with a main stem. Each branch is composed of a rod with resilience, a securing piece and multiple branch strips, wherein the securing piece has two longitudinal sides and multiple clamping pieces alternatively staggered extended from the two longitudinal sides respectively with multiple intervals and applied to wrap the rod. Additionally, multiple clamping attachments are extended from the two longitudinal sides inside the multiple intervals respectively so that the each clamping attachment is between two adjacent clamping pieces to engage a corresponding branch strip with leaves. After completing assembly of the securing piece and the rod, the combination engages the main stem by a hook element on the rod. Because of such structure, it not only enhances the combinational strength and further improves efficiency of assembly convenience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventors: Yuan Loung Tsai, Yuan Lei Tsai
  • Publication number: 20100053991
    Abstract: The artificial Christmas tree has a trunk configured in the form of popular or religious inspired figures, which may include a Christian cross, Santa Claus, an angel, Jesus, holiday signage and a reindeer. The artificial tree is provided with a base to support the trunk and with artificial branches and/or materials that simulate the shape of a Christmas tree. The branches and base are removably attached to the trunk to allow for dismantling and storage. The trunk is fabricated from plastic and/or other material that may be translucent to light. A source of light can be disposed inside the trunk to illuminate the trunk. The branches are of different lengths and configurations so that the assembled artificial tree will assume the shape of a Christmas tree as much as possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventor: Marsha K. Boggs
  • Patent number: 7288298
    Abstract: A human-shaped adornment includes a supporting holder, which comprising a base and a supporting component; and a spiraled frame having a same axis with the supporting component. The spiraled frame includes a plurality of rings, which outline along its axis direction is a curve which is constituted by three arcs smoothly connecting with each other in a predetermined sequence; wherein the center of the three arcs are on a same line and their diameters gradually increase from top to bottom; the spiraled frame connecting with the supporting component through a connector having a plurality of connecting strings connected therewith for keeping the space between every two rings of the spiraled frame; wherein the connecting strings sequentially connects with each ring of the spiraled frame from top to bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Inventor: Sheng-Wen Huang
  • Patent number: 7226645
    Abstract: An artificial palm tree constructed from modular components which are combined in various ways to produce a palm tree having different characteristics for use as a beach umbrella. The palm tree consists of a base, a trunk mounted on the base, a tree heart mounted on the trunk, and a leaf/canopy component attached to a collar for opening and closing the leaf/canopy component. The leaf/canopy, the trunk, and the tree heart may be stored in the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Inventor: Mary M. Braithwaite
  • Patent number: 7192329
    Abstract: A multi-facet decoration assembly is provided, comprising multiple polygonal grates with equilateral sides. Each corner of the polygonal grate has one catch pin and one slot pin disposed on the underside. This unique decoration ball assembly can be easily assembled by snapping multiple polygonal grates together so that all catch pins and slot pins on all polygonal grates are locked against each other. The decoration ball can be easily stored away when the polygonal grates and the panels are knocked down occupying only a small space, thus the storage and transportation costs can be reduced considerably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Donguan Winjo Giftware Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chen-Tien Lee
  • Patent number: 7052156
    Abstract: A combination artificial tree-lighting arrangement including a generally elongated tree trunk. The combination also includes a plurality of connecting components mountable on the tree trunk and a plurality of display components mountable on the connecting components. Each display component has tree limbs and lighting cables extending therefrom. The lighting cables are provided with decorative lights. An electrical circuitry connectable to an electrical power source is attachable to the connecting components. The electrical circuitry includes a connecting component-to-light coupling arrangement for electrically coupling the connecting components to the decorative lights. The connecting component-to-light coupling arrangement allows the display components to rotate relative to the connecting components about a rotation axis substantially parallel to the trunk longitudinal axis while maintaining the electrical coupling between the connecting components and the decorative lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Inventor: Sylvain Primeau
  • Patent number: 6890612
    Abstract: A sheet of material which is made two dimensional which includes portions that are removed that allows the sheet to be folded to create a three dimensional structure without the need for cutting and darting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: Albany International Techniweave, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Goering
  • Patent number: 6846270
    Abstract: A process for accommodating, improving or transmuting random static and dynamic human functions to an object is provided. A device is selected which includes a proximal member and a distal member which articulate relative to one another at an interface. Energy is transmitted through the interface with a predetermined and variable efficacy. The interface is configured to permit static force to have perpendicular and parallel components relative to a primary plane of the interface and to permit a dynamic force to have a parallel component relative to the primary plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Inventor: Grant Etnyre
  • Patent number: 6769954
    Abstract: A Christmas deer toy is capable of moving the head, neck, and tail thereof. The body unit, head unit, neck unit, and tail unit are pivotally connected. By a driving unit, the parts can move vividly to simulate the action of an animal. The driving unit includes a motor, a rotary arm, a main driving arm, a tail driven arm, and a head driven arm. Only a few components are used and the structure is simple. A rear end of the neck unit has an extending arm and a weight for assisting the actions of the head unit and neck unit to be more vivid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Inventor: Lien Cheng Su
  • Patent number: 6579578
    Abstract: A foldable ornament frame structure of the invention includes a first movable part, a second movable part, and a plurality of support rods. The first and second movable parts are respectively mounted at a top and a bottom of the ornament frame structure. The support rods connect the first movable part to the second movable part around the ornament frame to outline the ornamental shape of the ornament frame. The first and second movable parts respectively include a plurality of strips that are superposed and cross over one another at approximately respective central portions thereof. A hinge passes through the central portions to pivotally connect the strips together, the support rods connecting the strips of the first and second movable parts to outline the ornamental shape of the ornament frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Inventor: Chi Shih Lai
  • Patent number: 6488391
    Abstract: A decorative article includes a plurality of members hingedly connected to one another and movable between a folded storage position and an unfolded display position. Each of the members includes a top surface, a bottom surface, and first and second sides. A hinge interconnects adjacent members between respective first and second sides. Ones of the top surfaces overlay each other and ones of the bottom surfaces overlay each other in the article folded storage position, such that in the article folded storage position, the article has a height equal to the sum of the heights of the members, and in the article unfolded display position, the article has a height equal to the height of one of the members and wherein the members are arranged in a circular pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: Emerald Innovations, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Lonnie F. Gary, Chad H. Jones
  • Patent number: 6478164
    Abstract: An animated light sculpture framework is configured for enabling the framework to be quickly and easily unfolded and erected for use and to be quickly and easily folded together into a compact configuration for transport and/or storage. A head and neck portion of the light sculpture framework is vertically movable in an oscillating manner to simulate natural movement by use of a motor connected to the framework and a counterweight operably positioned between the head and neck portion and the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Inventor: Wen-Hua Pan
  • Patent number: 6394282
    Abstract: An animated light sculpture framework is configured for enabling the framework to be quickly and easily unfolded and erected for use and to be quickly and easily folded together into a compact configuration for transport and/or storage. A head and neck portion of the light sculpture framework is movable from side-to-side in an oscillating manner to simulate natural movement by use of a motor connected to the framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Inventor: Wen-Hua Pan
  • Patent number: 6333083
    Abstract: A foldable artificial Christmas tree including a plurality of sections couplable together to form a Christmas tree. Each of the sections includes a central pole portion. A plurality of collars are provided that each have a central opening for receiving the central pole portion therein. Each of the collars has a generally circular configuration. The collars each have an outer periphery. Each of the collars has a plurality of radially extending apertures disposed within the outer periphery thereof in a spaced relationship. A plurality of branches are foldably coupled with the plurality of collars. Each of the branches has a limb portion. The limb portion has an inner portion and an outer portion. The outer portion has a plurality of artificial pine needles extending outwardly therefrom. The inner portion has a downwardly turned portion secured thereto. The downwardly turned portion is receivable within the radially extending apertures of the collars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2001
    Inventors: Rick Smedley, Donald Smedley
  • Patent number: 6302789
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a new pedometer with game mode which can be used as a game by a child to get some exercise such as walking and/or running without reluctance. When a vibration is detected by a vibration detector, the count values of a step-number counter and an integrating counter are incremented, and thereby a display state of a character displayed on an LCD is varied based on the count values of step-number counter and/or the integrating counter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Harada, Kazunobu Shimizu
  • Patent number: 6280803
    Abstract: A simulated Christmas tree light display having a circular ring and a plurality of elongated legs attached to the ring. Each of the elongated legs has a first end connected to the ring and a second end positioned opposite the ring. The first end has an aperture for threading the ring through the leg and a flattened end section. The apertures are sized to allow the legs to rotate about the ring to form a variety of angled designs. Lights and other holiday decorations may be wrapped about the legs to further provide the appearance of a lighted Christmas tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Inventor: Mack L. Gordy, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6261658
    Abstract: A standable sticker is provided comprising an integral one-piece shape that is divided into a figure portion and a base portion. The base portion is adapted for permanent or removable adherence to a surface, and is coated on one side with a pressure sensitive adhesive. A perforated or scored line defines a boundary between the figure portion and base portion and the figure portion in foldable at an angle to the base portion at the perforated or scored line to permit the figure portion to be presented in a substantially vertical orientation. The sticker is adapted for releasable adhesion to liner material or substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: Allied Graphics, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles W. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 6221458
    Abstract: An ornamental device for attachment to a surface comprises at least one sheet of ornamental material having an aperture therethrough and an attachment device. The attachment device includes a post having a width, a proximal end and a distal end. The distal end of the post extends through the aperture of the at least one sheet of ornamental material. The attachment device also includes a base member connected to the proximal end of the post. The attachment device further includes a securement device positioned on the distal end of the post to grippingly engage the post and to resist removal of the securement device from the post. The invention further includes a method for making an ornamental device for attachment to a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Inventor: Teresa Armendariz
  • Patent number: 6180193
    Abstract: A decorative lawn ornament for providing inspirational three-dimensional ornamentation. The decorative lawn ornament includes a main body frame formed in the shape of an angel and having a plurality of elongate frame members, a plurality of main body lights, a secondary frame formed in the shape of a bird, a plurality of secondary lights coupled to the secondary frame, a wing motor interior to the secondary frame, a rod motor interior to the main body frame, a rod, and a linkage assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Inventor: Dawn Marie Bostedt
  • Patent number: 6139168
    Abstract: A frame for supporting lights above a surface includes a plurality of spaced apart spiral strips extending between a location above the surface and a location on the surface. The strips are adapted to receive the lights. A plurality of connectors interconnect ones of the plurality of strips at spaced apart intervals along the strips to form a unitary structure. The strips in an unassembled position are coplanar and in an assembled extend position between the location above the surface and the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Gary Products Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Lonnie F. Gary, Stephen L. Fillipp, Andrew G. Avinger