Hook And Loop Type Fastener Patents (Class 52/DIG13)
  • Patent number: 6065253
    Abstract: A playhouse kit which includes a building constructed of thin light weight materials with dry eraser surfaces provided on both the interior and exterior surfaces thereof. The building is constructed using members forming walls, roof, and floor of a house shape structure while the members to construct the house are attached to each other utilizing Velcro.sub..TM. or any other securable attachment means. Numerous magnetically attachable accessories are provided including thematic accessories and/or any accessories which would may interest the child's imagination. In addition to the accessories numerous dry eraser markers in various colors are provided that allows the child to draw on or decorate the interior or exterior surfaces of the playhouse as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Inventor: Rosa Ojeda
  • Patent number: 6014844
    Abstract: A compressible foam draft pad for use at a lower inner portion of dock shelter helps seal against the lower rear side of a truck of an appropriate height and bridges a gap between an exterior face of a building and a laterally extending member of the dock shelter. The draft pad is generally wedge-shaped and has a forward relief surface that leans away from the laterally extending member with a lower forward edge that abuts the laterally extending member. A rear relief surface can lean away from the building as well, and can have a lower rear edge of the draft pad sealingly abut the building. The relief surfaces can minimize wear, especially along the inside surface of the laterally extending member. The unique shape of the draft pad provides a ratio of the pad's weight to a distance between spaced apart mounting points that is sufficiently small to minimize sagging of the draft pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignee: Rite-Hite Holding Corporation
    Inventor: Gregory J. Thill
  • Patent number: 5974753
    Abstract: A wall covering system includes prefabricated T-shaped (in cross section) horizontal supporting strips, L-shaped horizontal supporting strips, L-shaped end-locking strips and decorative panels. The end-locking strips interact with the horizontal strips and the decorative panels, provide an aesthetic appearance to the finished system when assembled on a wall and provide safety by covering the exposed ends of the T-shaped horizontal strips. In use, the wall panelling system disclosed herein may be easily and conveniently installed onto existing walls by a user without professional assistance and may be just as easily and conveniently removed from the wall whenever it is desired to inspect behind the panels, change the decor, or to remove the panels for installation at another location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Inventor: Oscar Hsien-Hsiang Hsu
  • Patent number: 5970661
    Abstract: An air supported play structure that may be configured into a large variety of forms and shapes. An expanse of air-permeable fabric is weighted around its edges, and the fabric is supported above a surface by a stream of air supplied by a fan. A plurality of connectors are attached to the fabric, and those connectors are arranged to allow any one connector to be secured to another connector. The geometric configuration of the play structure is altered by changing the position of the edge weights, and by selecting the connectors to be secured one to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventors: John F. Bishop, Elizabeth F. Bishop
  • Patent number: 5956918
    Abstract: An automobile door protection device including an elongated cushion, the ends of which are connected to flexible stop through a pair of elastic straps. The straps which have VELCRO hook and loop fasteners attached to them near the flexible stops that work with corresponding VELCRO hook and loop fasteners permanently attached to the inside edge of the automobiles door to allow the cushion to fit tightly against the outside surface of the automobiles door. These VELCRO hook and loop fasteners also work to hold the cushion in a set position. The VELCRO hook and loop fasteners and flexible stops are placed on the inside edge of the automobiles door in the space between the automobile door and automobile side body panel. The automobiles door is then closed, trapping the flexible stops so that the device can not be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Kevin Wayne Wise
    Inventor: Kevin Wayne Wise
  • Patent number: 5819474
    Abstract: A temporary shelter for use with an existing frame structure is provided. The temporary shelter has a flexible sheet having a pair of parallel slits. The flexible sheet encloses the frame structure to define an inner shelter space. A pair of zipper structures are provided. Each zipper structure has a separable zipper chain composed of two interlocking halves having fastening elements attached to flexible tapes. The fastening elements are interlocked and separated by a slider. The slider is operatively connected to the interlocking halves. Each flexible tape has an adhesive strip located on a back portion of the flexible tape and extends along side and parallel to the fastening elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Inventor: Willard H. Strom
  • Patent number: 5813172
    Abstract: An inflatable structural wall panel is made out of vinyl, rubber or some other pliable material. On one side of each wall panel a border of hook material is mounted around the edges of the panel. On the opposite side of the wall panel a border of loop material is mounted around the edges of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Inventor: Mark F. McNally
  • Patent number: 5788318
    Abstract: A vehicle window seated in a vehicle opening bounded by a vertically oriented wall of a flange having additional respective inboard and outboard walls, the former extending beneath the vehicle window and the latter lying in the plane of the external surface of the vehicle window. Hook and loop connectors with a urethane deposit at their interface are adhesively secured in an interposed position to the vehicle window and to the inboard wall so that an unattached inboard length portion extending beyond the inboard wall is movable in an ascending direction. Before the urethane cures into a hardened condition, the vehicle window is raised, as need be, to position the external surface of the vehicle window in the same plane as the outboard wall to thereby contribute to a desired appearance in the installed vehicle window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Inventor: Peter Gold
  • Patent number: 5746035
    Abstract: A freestanding portable partition panel and related system are provided for open office spaces and the like. Each panel includes a skeleton-like frame having two vertical uprights positioned adjacent opposite side edges thereof. A foot extends downwardly from the bottom of the frame to abuttingly support the panel freestanding on a floor surface. Two pairs of horizontal stringers are attached to the outer faces of the uprights in a vertically spaced apart relationship to rigidly interconnect the same, and define therebetween two horizontal raceway cavities which open to the opposite side faces of the frame, and extend continuously between the opposite side edges thereof. Hence, when like panels are interconnected side-by-side, the open ends of adjacent raceway cavities are aligned and communicate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Seiber, Benjamin G. Shaw, Christopher O. Lada, Phillip M. Hobson, Robert P. Poppe, David A. Shipman, Robert J. Luchetti, Gregg R. Draudt, James B. Eldon, III, David D. McClanahan
  • Patent number: 5666775
    Abstract: An expansion joint cover for concealing an expansion gap between building members comprises retainers attached to building members on each side of the expansion gap and a cover panel spanning the expansion gap and overlying at least portions of the first and second retainers and a portion of the building member on at least one side of the gap. The cover panel is attached to the retainers by axially releasable fasteners, such as hook and loop fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Assignee: Construction Specialties, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Shreiner, Roger W. Barr
  • Patent number: 5655676
    Abstract: A chord protector employs a resilient covering affixed to an appropriate crane element, extension, lattice structure or headache ball, to protect a chord from damage during a collision with a headache ball or other weighty object. The chord protector can be constructed of a variety of materials. In one embodiment, the chord protector is constructed of high-impact plastic, and lined with an elastomeric or rubber material which in turn is fastened to a chord of the lattice section using a disengagable hook and loop fastener. Another embodiment includes an elastomeric covering on the headache ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Inventor: Richard J. Kairis
  • Patent number: 5611384
    Abstract: A portable display includes a center display panel and opposite side tubular end panels or columns. Each column has opposite side edge portions which carry tubular polygonal reinforcing members which in turn carry magnetically attractable strips which hold the columns in a tubular configuration with the side edge portions in overlapped relationship. A generally U-shaped member which is secured along an unexposed surface of each column secures each column to the central display panel. When the central display panel and the opposite end columns are made of the same material or covered with the same material, a line of demarcation between the columns and the central panel is essentially invisible which renders a virtually unbroken aesthetic appearance to the overall portable display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Inventor: Wallace T. Carter
  • Patent number: 5611181
    Abstract: A seismic expansion joint cover for concealing an expansion gap between building members comprises retainers attached to building members on each side of the expansion gap and a cover spanning the expansion gap and overlying at least portions of the first and second retainers and a portion of the building member on at least one side of the gap. The cover is attached to the retainers by releasable fasteners, such as hook and loop fasteners, that enable it to detach completely from the retainers in an earthquake and to be subsequently reattached. One element of each of the fasteners on one side of the gap is attached to a slider that slides along a track affixed to the internal side of the cover to enable normal thermal expansions and contractions of the gap. Tethers keep the cover from falling to the floor and becoming an obstacle to persons moving through the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Assignee: Construction Specialties, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Shreiner, Roger W. Barr
  • Patent number: 5537793
    Abstract: A joint structure for joining two panel-like components includes a fitting pin member having a flange portion and pin portions equivalent to a dowel. One strip of a surface-type fastener having a number of identical fastener elements is provided on opposite surfaces of the flange portion. A mating surface of each of the panel-like components has a recessed portion for being fitted with the flange portion, and a pin hole formed in a bottom surface of the recessed portion. The other strip of the surface-type fastener which is engageable with the surface-type fastener strip is disposed on the bottom surface of the recessed portion. The two surface-type fastener strips are firmly engaged together when the flange portion and the pin portions are fitted in the recessed portions and the pin holes, respectively, so that the two panel-like components are firmly joined together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1996
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Ryuichi Murasaki
  • Patent number: 5516183
    Abstract: A retention system for an automotive window assembly includes a window insertable onto a recessed generally L-shaped peripheral flange of a flanged window aperture formed in an automotive vehicle body, with the window being adhesively secured to the peripheral flange. The window assembly also has an interior window trim member for covering the interior side of the flange and an edge of the window and an exterior window trim for covering the exterior of the flanged window aperture and an edge of the window. The system further includes a hook and loop type fabric fastening means for securing the window to the flange, for securing the interior trim to the interior side of the flange and for securing the exterior trim member to the window and the exterior body panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Inventor: Peter N. Gold
  • Patent number: 5479755
    Abstract: A method of installing a looped backed carpet is disclosed in which water is applied to the carpet, the carpet is allowed to expand, and the carpet is then affixed in place by a hook and loop system in its expanded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1996
    Assignee: Tac-Fast Systems SA
    Inventor: Joseph R. Pacione
  • Patent number: 5413397
    Abstract: A retention system for an automotive window assembly includes a window insertable onto a recessed generally L-shaped peripheral flange of a flanged window aperture formed in an automotive vehicle body, with the window being adhesively secured to the peripheral flange. The window assembly also has an interior window trim member for covering the interior side of the flange and an edge of the window and an exterior window trim for covering the exterior of the flanged window aperture and an edge of the window. The system further includes a hook and loop type fabric fasteners for securing the window to the flange, for securing the interior trim to the interior side of the flange and for securing the exterior trim member to the window and the exterior body panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1995
    Inventor: Peter N. Gold
  • Patent number: 5412918
    Abstract: A novel attachment system provides rapid alignment and attachment of adjacent modular panels which eliminates interpanel support members and permits individual panel reversal. The system utilizes pairs of substrates affixed to each panel edge. Each substrate has a plurality of tapered pins and sockets for alignment. Portions of the panel edges are provided with releasable VELCRO-type fasteners for attachment. Disassembly is accomplished by the application of tension to adjacent panels accompanied by a bending force at the junction therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1995
    Assignee: Exhibit Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Wendel, Donald A. Whamond
  • Patent number: 5341558
    Abstract: A method of assembling a movable upper tool utilizing hook and loop fastening system. The tool used for an upper tool blank separating station has a plate provided with numerous apertures and a lower surface provided with one of a two-layer system of fastening with a first of the two layers having a plurality of loops and a second of the two layers having a plurality of catches or hooks for engaging the loops, and an upper surface of each block at least partially covered with the other of the two layers so that when the block is pressed against the lower surface of the plate, it is mounted thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Assignee: Bobst SA
    Inventors: Charly Varidel, Marcel Yerly
  • Patent number: 5311713
    Abstract: A device and method for protecting the end of a wooden utility pole set in the ground. A split cylindrical casing is provided which can be placed around the lower end of a wooden utility pole just before it is installed in the ground. The casing comprises an elongate, relatively thin cylindrical member having one closed end and being split into two sections connected together along the side thereof. The connection acts as a hinge. The edges of the casing where it is split are provided with a fastener, one part of the fastener being disposed along the edge of one part of the casing and another part of the fastener being disposed along the edge of the other part of the casing. When the cylindrical casing is closed, the edge of one part overlaps the edge of the other part so that the respective parts of the fasteners fit matingly together. Preferably, the fastener extends the entire length of the casing and entirely across the bottom end thereof. Preferably, the casing is made of high grade plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1994
    Inventor: Bill J. Goodrich
  • Patent number: 5259163
    Abstract: An anchor-board construction system suitable for incorporation into the interior of buildings and homes is disclosed for use as a cladding to replace conventional plaster based wall board similar to that known in the trade as GYPROCK, having one surface thereof incorporating a layer of protruding attachment hooks. These hooks can accept and retain decorative and functional surface finish units embodying a looped or other suitably "piled" posterior surface portion, for attachment to the hooks. For use, within a building as a wall system, the novel anchor boards are secured into position as an underlying wall layer, and a selected form of area finish embodying a complementary attachment surface is secured thereto simply by pressing into place. The area finish can be carpet tiles, wallpaper or fabric with looped backing or wood paneling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1993
    Assignee: Tac-Fast Systems SA
    Inventor: Joseph R. Pacione
  • Patent number: 5228857
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for displaying masonry brick. The apparatus is constructed of a single sheet of clear, transparent plexiglass to which display bricks are securely mounted. Display bricks of various colors, styles and/or textures are removably affixed to the plexiglass sheet through the use of VELCRO.RTM. fastening strips or other similar fastening means. Alternatively, the display bricks can be permanently attached to the plexiglass sheet through the use of an appropriate adhesive material. The plexiglass sheet is folded back so as to provide elongated channels along two opposing sides thereof configured to selectively receive individual sheets of colored paper or cardboard to simulate various mortar colors. One or more cards with various preprinted patterns can also be used as a guide for precisely aligning the display bricks on the plexiglass sheet in particular masonry patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1993
    Inventor: Rick Roland
  • Patent number: 5205086
    Abstract: A tent has a flexible canopy, a floor and a series of inflatable tubes serving as frame hoops. The tubes are fastened removably to the tent using sleeves that open along a longitudinal slit and hook and loop pile fastener closures for closing the sleeves on the tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1993
    Inventor: Daniel G. Heim
  • Patent number: 5172504
    Abstract: An improved front-mount grid display having preassembled display panels with trim strips adhered to the edges of the display panel boards. The trim strips protect the edges of the board, and have lips overlying the perimeters of the front faces of the boards to present a neat and finished appearance. The trim strips are adhered to the board edges by double-sided adhesive tape. The trip strips may have rear flanges overlying the perimeter of the rear faces of the board, and the display panels may include transparent panes. Also disclosed is a grid display construction in which two grid displays are arranged back-to-back with one or more sign panels extending outwardly from the grid displays and having portions entrapped and supported between the grid displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1992
    Assignee: Grid-Graphics Services Corporation
    Inventors: H. Thomas De Maat, H. Jay Schoeppe, II
  • Patent number: 5167746
    Abstract: A method of securing and enhancing a crutch tip for entertainment and psychological relief, wherein a shoe is provided with a conical plug removed from the shoe defining a conical opening therein, wherein the conical opening is coaxially aligned with a shoe opening aligned overlying the conical opening. A conical crutch tip is adhesively mounted with the conical opening and assembled to an associated lower terminal end of a crutch leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1992
    Inventor: Maureen P. Sheenan
  • Patent number: 5144786
    Abstract: An anchor-board construction system suitable for incorporation into the interior of buildings and homes is disclosed for use as a cladding to replace conventional plaster based wall board similar to that known in the trade as GYPROCK, having one surface thereof incorporating a layer of protruding attachment hooks. These hooks can accept and retain decorative and functional surface finish units embodying a looped or other suitably "piled" posterior surface portion, for attachment to the hooks. For use, within a building as a wall system, the novel anchor boards are secured into position as an underlying wall layer, and a selected form of area finish embodying a complementary attachment surface is secured thereto simply by pressing into place. The area finish can be carpet tiles, wallpaper or fabric with looped backing or wood paneling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1992
    Assignee: Tac-Fast Systems SA
    Inventor: Joseph R. Pacione
  • Patent number: 5134822
    Abstract: The wall covering assembly includes a flexible, resilient, preferably sound-deadening, fire-resistant sheet of wall covering, preferably of plastic and/or cloth. The assembly also includes one or a spaced number of preferably parallel wall covering anchoring strips releasably connected to the rear of the wall covering. The strips can be anchored to the exposed surface of a wall to hold the wall covering over and spaced from the wall. Each strip may be of plastic, wood, metal, ceramic or the like and includes a rear base plate adapted to be connected, as by adhesive, screws, etc. to a wall. It also includes a front plate spaced forward of the base plate by integral struts, preferably parallel therewith and defining therebetween an acoustical space. The front plate bears anchoring hooks attachable to the rear of the wall covering. Preferably, the strips bear breakaway segments on one side thereof, removably blocking access to the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1992
    Inventor: Richard Edlin
  • Patent number: 5133166
    Abstract: Re-attachable structural assemblies incorporating complementary area fastening elements comprising hook and loop elements over extended rigid contact surfaces between structural members of an assembly are disclosed for use in the construction industry in relation to: temporary formwork for casting concrete; precast concrete components for permanent installation of finished surfaces; and, fabricated floor and wall systems including joists, sub-floors, and floor covering surface units. The use of synthetic hook and loop attachment systems affords significant savings in time, labor, and frequently in materials, particularly in the temporary formwork application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1992
    Assignee: Tac-Fast Systems SA
    Inventor: Joseph R. Pacione
  • Patent number: 5060443
    Abstract: An anchor-board construction system suitable for incorporation into the interior of buildings and homes is disclosed for use as a cladding to replace conventional plaster based wall board similar to that known in the trade as gyprock, having one surface thereof incorporating a layer of protruding attachment hooks. These hooks can accept and retain decorative and functional surface finish units embodying a looped or other suitably "piled" posterior surface portion, for attachment to the hooks. For use, within a building as a wall system, the novel anchor boards are secured into postion as an underlying wall layer, and a selected form of area finish embodying a complementary attachment surface is secured thereto simply by pressing into place. The area finish can be carpet tiles, wallpaper or fabric with looped backing or wood paneling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1991
    Assignee: Tac-Fast Systems SA
    Inventor: Joseph R. Pacione
  • Patent number: 5042221
    Abstract: A wall covering is provided for a wall board system, in which the wall board bears one half of a hook and loop fastening system. The wall covering bears the complementary half of the fastening system on one side and has a decorative finish on the other. An apparatus for applying the wall covering in roll form, by unrolling the wall covering under tension and providing spaces for the attachment of trim pieces on the edges of the wall board is also described, as well as a method for applying the wall covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1991
    Assignee: Tac-Fast Systems SA
    Inventor: Joseph R. Pacione
  • Patent number: 4979554
    Abstract: A flat flexible display panel capable of being formed into an arcuate surface display member for use as part of an exhibit booth and similar structures is disclosed. The panel is flat for convenience in carrying and storage but is capable of being formed quickly and easily into a curved display member for use in conjunction with other flat and curved surface display members. Hinged latching elements are disclosed which lie flat for shipment and storage but swing outwardly to connect together and form a flat panel into a curved surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1990
    Assignee: Media/Graphics, Inc.
    Inventor: LeRoy O. Nelson
  • Patent number: 4974384
    Abstract: Re-attachable structural assemblies incorporating complementary area fastening elements comprising hook and loop elements over extended rigid contact surfaces between structural members of an assembly are disclosed for use in the construction industry in relation to: temporary formwork for casting concrete; precast concrete components for permanent installation of finished surfaces; and, fabricated floor and wall systems including joists, sub-floors, and floor covering surface units. The use of synthetic hook and loop attachment systems affords significant savings in time, labor, and frequently in materials, particularly in the temporary formwork application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1990
    Assignee: Tac-Fast System SA
    Inventor: Joseph R. Pacione
  • Patent number: 4964249
    Abstract: A foldable children's playhouse having a box beam integral with one or two roof panels is disclosed. The box beam has a U-shaped cross section, with the integral panels being foldable along a line extending longitudinally at the open end of the box beam. In a preferred embodiment, walls of the playhouse are made up of two units, each including a rectangular side wall and an end wall having a rectangular bottom portion and a triangular gable portion that folds along the top of the bottom portion. The roof is attachable to the walls by placing it in alignment over the walls and engaging top edges of the walls with channels on the underside of the roof so as to obtain a force fit. Means such as Velcro fasteners are provided on overlapping surfaces for securing the wall units to one another. A rail for strengthening the roof is disposed around the edges of and underneath the roof, the rail being obtained by folding over of edge regions to provide a support member having a triangular cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1990
    Inventor: Mark B. Payne
  • Patent number: 4932852
    Abstract: An apparatus for making a foot-shaped layer, such as an insole member of a shoe. The apparatus includes a top plate having an opening of a predetermined area and mutually adjacent bar-like measuring elements supported in an individually vertically movable manner under frictional resistance within the opening. A heating chamber is provided adjacent to the top plate for heating a sheet of thermoplastic therein to a plasticized state. In accordance with the method, a plasticized sheet of the film is placed on the opening so as to cover the upper end surfaces of the measuring elements so that upon stepping on the sheet with a foot, the film is molded to the shape of the foot. The molded film is then cooled and cut along the outline of the foot to obtain a layer which may be used to define the shape of an insole member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1990
    Inventor: Kazutoyo Suzuki
  • Patent number: 4926609
    Abstract: A freestanding knockdown exhibit display system having a plurality of structural panels hingedly connected in side-by-side relationship by flexible hinge members to form a pair of panel sections. A recessed portion on the front surface and along the bottom peripheral edge of each structural panel of one panel section is provided for releasably engaging the rear surfaces of corresponding structural panels in the other panel section so that the engaged panels are releasably secured together by VELCRO-like material provided therebetween. The front surfaces of each structural panel, and any decorative overlays connected thereto, are substantially flush from the upper panel section to the lower panel section. A VELCRO fastening material is utilized on the flexible hinge members and in association with the recessed portion so that no tools, hardware or supporting structure is required to erect or knock down the display system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1990
    Inventor: Joseph Arico
  • Patent number: 4884988
    Abstract: A creative building playtoy for children which allows rapid interlocking and disconnecting. A plurality of panels is provided to form the basic building blocks. Each panel has edging strips which have a unique fastening cloth on their exterior surface. The fastener cloth is comprised of a base fabric with cloth hooks and loops interspersed thereon to allow rapid manual connecting and disconnecting of the edging strips of the panels so that various complex forms can be produced by the child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1989
    Inventor: Larry D. McMurray
  • Patent number: 4879854
    Abstract: An improved fastening system for use with partitioning systems of the type wherein repositionable walls are fastened together to define office spaces, and the like. Hook and loop fastening materials are employed "in shear" to provide a strong holding force but are contained within a shear trap channel to provide for ease of release when required. In its basic form, the fastening system comprises a first U-shaped member adapted to fit over and attach to an edge of a wall partition to be joined to another partitioning component and having parallel outer faces each having one of the portions of the fastening system thereon; and, a second U-shaped member adapted to be carried by the other partitioning component and having parallel inner faces on the sides of the U each having the other of the portions of the fastening system thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1989
    Assignee: Velcro Industries B.V.
    Inventor: Michael D. Handler
  • Patent number: 4877044
    Abstract: A tent of the type comprising a fabric shell suppoprted on a skeleton frame having at least two criss-crossing ribs, the ribs having patches of mating halves of a hook-and-loop type fastening material on the portions of the ribs that criss-cross, to releasably attach the ribs at the point where they criss-cross and stabilize the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1989
    Assignee: American Recreation Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. Cantwell, Raymond F. Hallemann, Deborah M. Zumsteg
  • Patent number: 4860777
    Abstract: A combination beach blanket and wind protector device, including a flexible mat that is movable from a rolled-up, closed, carry position to a flat, open position, wherein the mat is disposed in a substantially horizontal position on a selected ground site, side and head panels being joined to the mat along fold lines thereof, and a plurality of openings being located in said mat in spaced relation adjacent to the side and head panels. A plurality of posts are provided, each of which extends through an opening in the mat for penetration into the ground for fixing the mat in the flat, open position thereon. A first fastening element is joined to the side and head panels, and a second fastening element is secured to the posts, wherein the first and second fastening elements cooperate for mounting the side and head panels on the posts, thereby locating the side and head panels in an upright position for sheltering an occupant who is lying on the mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1989
    Inventor: Anthony Orlando
  • Patent number: 4845910
    Abstract: An elastomeric baseboard molding and method of installing same that is removably attached to a wall by means of a hook and loop fastener system. The molding is manufactured with the hook and loop fastner pre-applied to the molding, and then, at the job site, a peel-off release strip exposes an adhesive coating that allows the molding with the fastener system to be applied to the wall. The hook and loop fastener system allows the molding to be removed whenever maintenance is needed upon the wall or floor located adjacent to the molding. The molding can be removed multiple times without losing its wall adhering qualities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Inventors: Dennis B. Hanson, Wendell T. DeLoach
  • Patent number: 4840339
    Abstract: A touch fastener component for flush-mounting a structure to a support comprising a resilient member having one portion of a touch fastener material attached to a surface thereof adjacent a center portion thereof, a restraining device defining the length of a chord of the curvature of the member to form a curved resilient spring able to move from a first of two stable positions to a second of the two stable positions, and an adjusting device for adjusting the chord length of the member. The elements of one portion of the touch fastener, when engaged with the elements of the other touch fastener, resiliently fasten the structure and the support together by a force provided by the engagement of the elements of the touch fasteners and the resilience of the resilient member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1989
    Assignee: Velcro Industries B.V.
    Inventor: Larry N. Grogan
  • Patent number: 4836787
    Abstract: Sheet material building components or units in the shape of different regular polygons of equal edge length have strips of hook-and-pile fastening materials permanently secured so as to extend along their side edges. Hook type fastening material is disposed toward one end portion of each side edge and pile type fastening material is disposed toward the other end portion of each side edge. The strips of hook type and pile type fastening materials alternate around the circumference of each unit. Different units can be connected substantially edge-to-edge by simply placing the desired edges in contact to form a wide variety of two-dimensional or three-dimensional arrays or shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1989
    Inventor: William O. J. Boo
  • Patent number: 4801143
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bowling lane construction which includes a quick-release return track cover and a return track formed of narrow gauge rails and cross-members which permit foreign objects to fall through the track, and which is installed rapidly and inexpensively. The lane construction further includes a gutter formed of a sheet member of semi-circular cross-section, which is fastened along one side to the adjacent bowling lane, and which ends in a flat gutter of a molded, poly-resinous member which may be easily adapted to lane ends of different configurations and dimensions. The lane construction further provides an impact plate in the ball drop zone to avoid "feather" conditions. A division cap formed of plural sections of a metal shell and a mating core extending centrally through the ends of the metal shell. The entire lane construction is supported by a lateral truss construction which extends at least across each lane and the associated gutters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1989
    Inventor: Will Heddon
  • Patent number: 4796397
    Abstract: A demountable acoustical panel structure having a honeycomb core, and a thin, dense, sound transmitting glass fiber sheet of uniform thickness adhered to each of the oposed major surfaces of the core. One of the thin sheets advantageously carries segments or patches of a separable fastening means to enable the panel structure to be installed on a supporting surface provided with cooperating segments or patches of a separable fastening means by simply aligning said fastening means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1989
    Inventor: Raymond W. Capaul
  • Patent number: 4796649
    Abstract: A portable shelter for use by ice fisherman is formed from two curved hollow shell halves joined together by cooperating VELCRO flange portions. One shell half is provided with a semicircular integrally formed floor. One shell half may be provided with a hinged or slidable door, while the other shell half is provided with a hooded vent. The portable ice fishing shelter may be transported to the site of use by nesting one shell half within the other shell half and towing the shelter over the surface of a frozen body of water in this condition. Upon arrival at the site of use, the shell halves are assembled to form an igloo-like shelter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1989
    Inventor: James E. Tolomay
  • Patent number: 4768317
    Abstract: An awning structure having two vertical support members, one attached to each end of a horizontal bar; two horizontal projection bars, one attached to the bottom end of each of the supports; two rafter bars each attached to one of the projection bars and the header bar; and a front bar which is attached to the rafter bars. A fabric cover is removably attached to the header bar by a rope track extruding from the header bar. The fabric cover is removably attached to the front bar and projection bars by a plurality of velcro strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1988
    Inventor: Gaynor P. Markham
  • Patent number: 4759963
    Abstract: A universally adaptable fastening device for fastening fishing poles to railings, which has a quick release function is provided by an elasticized band of about one foot long having a Velcro fastening mechanism to secure the two ends together. This band is fastened to the railing. A band of non-stretchable material having a Velcro fastening mechanism to secure the two ends together is permanently attached crosswise to the elasticized band, closer to one end thereof. This band is fastened to the fishing pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1988
    Inventors: Madrid Uso, Jr., Londres Uso
  • Patent number: 4719935
    Abstract: A tent-like apparatus which has a substantial portion of its roof cut out to form a roof opening. Fastener means are provided around the roof opening, and various types of inserts each having its own fastener about its peripheral edge and each being sized to be fitted within the roof opening and the two fastener portions releasably secured together. The roof opening may be uncovered to provide a direct view and air supply but relatively no protection from inclement weather, insects and the like. A first panel insert may include conventional tent material. A sheet of flexible transparent plastic material may be provided as an insert to provide a clear unobstructed view, protection from the effects of inclement weather, insects and the like, solar heating within the interior of the tent even in relatively cold weather so long as the sun is shining, and sufficient ultraviolet radiation to the tent interior to permit the occupant therein to obtain a suntan in any type of sunny weather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1988
    Inventor: Stephen R. Gustafson
  • Patent number: 4702046
    Abstract: An acoustical wall panel for mounting on walls or similar surfaces includes a wooden support frame, low density fiberglass batts positioned within the support frame, and a generally rigid acoustical board positioned in front of and against the frame. A sheet of material is attached to the back of the frame to hold the fiberglass batts in place. The fiberglass batts and acoustical board are selected so that the batts effectively absorb acoustical energy at one end of the frequency spectrum while the acoustical board absorbs acoustical energy at the other end of the spectrum. An acoustically transparent fabric is positioned over the front surface of the acoustical board to extend over the edges of the board and support frame to the back of the frame where the fabric is attached through the sheet of material to the frame. The fabric serves to hold the acoustical board and support frame together. A mounting frame is provided for mounting the assembled acoustical wall panel to a wall or similar surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1987
    Assignee: General Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Per Haugen, Harold M. Haugen, Ingolf J. C. De Jong
  • Patent number: D308465
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1990
    Assignee: Velcro Industries B.V.
    Inventor: Michael C. Hietter