Monday, June 30, 2008

Mailbox Extension Patent

United States Patent
(WWW.USPTO.GOV)
7,389,911
Ruocco
June 24, 2008
Mailbox extension apparatus
Abstract
A mailbox mounting apparatus comprises three elongated members, a mounting bracket and a mailbox attachment bracket. A first one of the elongated members is movably attached to a second one of the elongated members for enabling the first and second elongated members to be moved between a respective stacked configuration and a respective extended configuration. The second one of the elongated members is movably attached to a third one of the elongated members for enabling the second and third elongated members to be moved between a respective stacked configuration and a respective extended configuration. The mounting bracket is attached to the first one of the elongated members. The mounting bracket is specifically configured for being attached to a mailbox support structure. The mailbox attachment bracket is attached to a third one of the elongated members. The mailbox attachment bracket is specifically configured for mating with a base portion of a mailbox.
Inventors:
Ruocco; Joseph Francis (Saugus, MA)
Appl. No.:
11/401,132
Filed:
April 10, 2006
Current U.S. Class:
232/39 ; 248/128; 248/298.1; 248/424
Current International Class:
A47G 29/12 (20060101)
Field of Search:
232/39,17 D99/32 248/128,429,424,121,298.1,257,265,269
References Cited [Referenced By]
U.S. Patent Documents
1731682
October 1929
Pendergrass
2279622
April 1942
Hurd
3289988
December 1966
McKenney et al.
3497078
February 1970
Nash
4496123
January 1985
Laramie
4821952
April 1989
Deciutiis
D371884
July 1996
Esgro
6161756
December 2000
Upton
6164527
December 2000
Garey
6543680
April 2003
McCormack
6988655
January 2006
Riccio
Primary Examiner: Miller; William L. Attorney, Agent or Firm: Galasso; Raymond M. Simmons; David O. Galasso & Associates LP (WWW.GAPATENTS.COM)
Claims
What is claimed is:1. A mailbox mounting apparatus, comprising: a plurality of elongated members in stacked configuration, wherein adjacent pairs of said elongated members are movably attached to each other for enabling said adjacent pairs of elongated members to be moved between a respective retracted configuration and a respective extended configuration; a mounting bracket attached to a first one of said elongated members, wherein the mounting bracket is specifically configured for being attached to a mailbox support structure; and a mailbox attachment bracket attached to a second one of said elongated members, wherein the mailbox attachment bracket is specifically configured for mating with a base portion of a mailbox; means for enabling sliding provided between adjacent pairs of said elongated members, said means includes a screw-slot formed in one member of each one of said adjacent pairs of elongated members and a screw attached to the other member of each one of said adjacent pairs of elongated members, wherein a head of the screw extends into engagement with the respective screw-slot. 2. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein: movement between the retracted configuration and an extended configuration is effectively constrained along a single longitudinal reference axis. 3. A mailbox mounting apparatus, comprising: three elongated members, wherein a first one of said elongated members is slidably attached to a second one of said elongated members by way of a screw-slot and a flat head screw for enabling said first and second elongated members to be moved between a respective stacked configuration and a respective extended configuration and wherein the second one of said elongated members is slidably attached to a third one of said elongated members for enabling said second and third elongated members to be moved between a respective stacked configuration and a respective extended configuration; a mounting bracket attached to the first one of said elongated members, wherein the mounting bracket is specifically configured for being attached to a mailbox support structure; and a mailbox attachment bracket attached to the third one of said elongated members, wherein the mailbox attachment bracket is specifically configured for mating with a base portion of a mailbox. 4. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein: movement between the respective retracted configuration and the extended configuration is effectively constrained along a single longitudinal reference axis.
Description
FIELD OF THE DISCLOSURE The disclosures made herein relate generally to mailboxes mounting apparatuses and, more particularly, to mailbox mounting apparatuses that enable the mailbox to be selectively positioned. BACKGROUND It is important for a resident to be able to access their mailbox in order to retrieve their mail. Likewise, it is also important that the mail carrier be able to access the mailbox in order to deliver the mail in a timely manner. Without the ability for a resident and mail carrier to have access to the mailbox, the intended mail recipient may not be able to receive important information they would have otherwise received. There are many issues regarding mailboxes and the typical location of a mailbox. Mailboxes are often damaged by snowplows or other vehicles and are often times inaccessible if snow has accumulated around them. Because a mailbox is typically attached to a post or equivalent structure in a fixed manner, it is not readily moved to gain access. This sometimes makes it difficult or even dangerous for mail carriers to reach the mailbox in order to deliver the mail. If there is sufficient difficulty or risk for the mail carrier to deliver the mail, they may not be able to deliver the mail to the intended recipient. For example, accumulated snow makes it a challenge for the mail recipient to retrieve their mail, especially if the recipient is elderly or physically handicapped. As a result, the intended recipient may not receive vital mailed information. The typical solution for this issue is for the resident to shovel the area around the mailbox in order for it to be accessible by them and the mail carrier. However, this is very inconvenient and in the case of the elderly or physically handicapped, it can be impossible, unsafe and/or healthy. Therefore, an apparatus that allows a mailbox to be selectively moved from a retracted position to an extended position in order to facilitate easy access when the mailbox is not readily and/or safely accessible and that allows the mailbox to be readily moved back to the retracted position would be useful and advantageous. SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE Embodiments of the present invention provide for a distance between a mailbox and an adjacent roadway to be selectively varied. More specifically, embodiments of the present invention allow a mailbox to be selectively extended between a plurality of positions with respect to the structure to which it is mounted. This movable mounting arrangement facilitates inserting and retrieving mail from the mailbox when obstacles such as, for example, snow require extended reach to gain access to the mailbox. In one embodiment of the present invention, a mailbox mounting apparatus comprises a plurality of elongated members, a mounting bracket and a mailbox attachment bracket. Adjacent pairs of the elongated members are movably attached to each other for enabling the adjacent pairs of elongated members to be moved between a respective retracted configuration and a respective extended configuration. The mounting bracket is attached to a first one of the elongated members. The mounting bracket is specifically configured for being attached to a mailbox support structure. The mailbox attachment bracket is attached to a second one of the elongated members. The mailbox attachment bracket is specifically configured for mating with a base portion of a mailbox. In another embodiment of the present invention, a mailbox mounting apparatus comprises three elongated members, a mounting bracket and a mailbox attachment bracket. A first one of the elongated members is slideably attached to a second one of the elongated members for enabling the first and second elongated members to be moved between a respective stacked configuration and a respective extended configuration. The second one of the elongated members is slideably attached to a third one of the elongated members for enabling the second and third elongated members to be moved between a respective stacked configuration and a respective extended configuration. The mounting bracket is attached to the first one of the elongated members. The mounting bracket is specifically configured for being attached to a mailbox support structure. The mailbox attachment bracket is attached to a third one of the elongated members. The mailbox attachment bracket is specifically configured for mating with a base portion of a mailbox. In another embodiment of the present invention, a mailbox assembly comprises a plurality of elongated members and a mailbox. Adjacent pairs of the elongated members are movably attached to each other for enabling the adjacent pairs of elongated members to be moved between a respective retracted configuration and a respective extended configuration. The mailbox has exterior walls and a floor. The floor and/or a portion of one of the exterior walls are attached to an outermost one of the elongated members. Turning now to specific aspects of the present invention, in at least one embodiment, a mounting bracket is attached to a first outermost one of the elongated members and the mounting bracket is specifically configured for being attached to a mailbox support structure. In at least one embodiment of the present invention, a mailbox attachment bracket is attached to a second outermost one of the elongated members and the mailbox attachment bracket is specifically configured for mating with a base portion of a mailbox. In at least one embodiment of the present invention, means for enabling sliding is provided between the adjacent pairs of the elongated members. In at least one embodiment of the present invention, the means includes a slot formed in a first elongated member of each one of the adjacent pairs of elongated members and an engagement member attached to a second elongated member of each one of the adjacent pairs of elongated members. In at least one embodiment of the present invention, the engagement member of each one of the adjacent pairs of elongated members extends into engagement with the respective slot. In at least one embodiment of the present invention, the adjacent pairs of elongated members are slideably attached to each other for enabling the adjacent pairs of elongated members to be moved between the respective retracted configuration and the respective extended configuration. In at least one embodiment of the present invention, movement between the retracted configuration and the extended configuration is effectively constrained along a single longitudinal reference axis. These and other objects, embodiments advantages and/or distinctions of the present invention will become readily apparent upon further review of the following specification and associated drawings. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 depicts a mailbox extension apparatus in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, which is in an extended configuration. FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional view taken along the line 2-2 in FIG. 1. FIG. 3 shows the mailbox extension apparatus of FIG. 1 in a retracted orientation. DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING FIGURES FIGS. 1-3 depict various aspects of an embodiment of an apparatus configured for enabling a mailbox to be selectively moved to a variety of different mounted positions. This apparatus is referred to herein as the mailbox extension apparatus 2. The mailbox extension apparatus 2 allow easier access to a mailbox when inclement weather such as snow prevents easy access, thereby enhancing safety and convenience to both the mail recipient and the mail carrier. The mailbox extension apparatus 2 includes a mounting bracket 4, a first elongated member 6, a second elongated member 8, a third elongated member 10, and a mailbox attachment bracket 12. The mounting bracket 4 is configured for being attached to a mailbox support structure such as, for example, a wood or metal post by means such as, for example, threaded fasteners or nails. The first elongated member 6 is attached to the mounting bracket 4. The second elongated member 8 is slideably attached to the first elongated member 6. The third elongated member 10 is slideably attached to the second elongated member 8. The slideable interconnection enables the elongated members (6, 8, 10) to be moved between an extended configuration E (FIG. 1) and a retracted configuration R (FIG. 3). The mailbox attachment bracket 12 is attached to the third elongated member 10, thereby allowing mounting of a mailbox 14 to the mailbox extension apparatus 2. The mounting bracket 4 is attached to the mailbox post or stand, thus providing a means for attachment of the mailbox extension apparatus to the mailbox post or stand. The elongated members (6, 8, 10) are in a stacked arrangement with the second elongated member 8 slideably connected between the first elongated member 6 and the third elongated member 10. In this manner, the first elongated member 6 is a first outermost elongated member and the third elongated member 10 is a second outermost elongated member. The second elongated member 8 is slideably movable respect to the first elongated member 6 and the third elongated member 10 is slidably movable respect to the second elongated member 8. As depicted in FIG. 1, the elongated members (6, 8, 10) are slideable along a reference axis L1 that extends generally parallel with a longitudinal axis L2 of the mailbox 14. A skilled person will appreciate that any number of elongated members may be connected in such a slideable manner and integrated into a mailbox extension apparatus in accordance with the present invention to accommodate a desired extension length. The mounting bracket 4 is attached to the mailbox post or stand with mounting holes that are of a standard size and placement for mailbox 14 installations. The mounting bracket 4 is attached with hardware fasteners, but alternate methods of attachment include, but are not limited to, welding, mortar, or epoxy. As depicted, a bottom portion of the first elongated member 6 is mounted directly to a top portion of the mounting bracket 4. Such an attachment approach includes, but is not limited to, hardware fasteners, epoxy, or welding. Attachment of the first elongated member 6 to the mounting bracket 4 does not interfere with the ability of the second elongated member 6 to slide freely. In the depicted embodiment, the elongated members (6, 8, 10) are slideable with respect to each other through use of a slot-screw arrangement. A tapered slot 20 is provided in the bottom wall 22 of the third elongated member 10 and a clearance hole 24 is provided in a top wall 26 of the second elongated member 8. A head 28 of a flat head screw 30 is engaged in the tapered slot 20 with a thread portion 32 extending through the clearance hole 24 and into threaded engagement with a hole in a support member 34. Through this arrangement, the third elongated member 10 is slideable along the longitudinal axis L2 with respect to the second elongated member 8. A plurality of such screw-slot engagements is preferably provided to limit movement of the elongated members (6, 8, 10) to linear movement. The first elongated member 6 and the second elongated member 8 are similarly configured for enabling the second elongated member 8 to be slideable along the longitudinal axis L2 with respect to the first elongated member 6. A skilled person will appreciate other known means for enabling the elongated members (6, 8, 10) to be extendably (e.g., slideably) interconnected. For example, the elongated members (6, 8, 10) may be interconnected with wheels or pins that are in movable engagement with slots, elongated members, or cut-outs or other structural elements. The key functional requirements are selective extension and robust interconnection between elongated members (6, 8, 10). Furthermore, a skilled person will appreciate that the elongated members (6, 8, 10) may be interconnected in a telescoping manner as opposed to a stacked and slideable manner. The mailbox attachment bracket 12 is attached to the third elongated member 10. The mailbox attachment bracket 12 has standard size holes in a standard pattern to facilitate attaching the mailbox 14 to it and is sized and shaped to mate with a base portion of the mailbox 14 (e.g., a conventional mailbox). Accordingly, the mailbox attachment bracket 12 is specifically configured for mating with a base portion of a mailbox. In the preceding detailed description, reference has been made to the accompanying drawings that form a part hereof, and in which are shown by way of illustration specific embodiments in which the present invention may be practiced. These embodiments, and certain variants thereof, have been described in sufficient detail to enable those skilled in the art to practice embodiments of the present invention. It is to be understood that other suitable embodiments may be utilized and that logical, mechanical, chemical and electrical changes may be made without departing from the spirit or scope of such inventive disclosures. To avoid unnecessary detail, the description omits certain information known to those skilled in the art. The preceding detailed description is, therefore, not intended to be limited to the specific forms set forth herein, but on the contrary, it is intended to cover such alternatives, modifications, and equivalents, as can be reasonably included within the spirit and scope of the appended claims.
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Friday, June 27, 2008

Combined Mattress, Pillow and Sleeping Bag Patent

United States Patent
(WWW.USPTO.GOV)
D571,594
Klepy , et al.
June 24, 2008
Combined mattress, pillow and sleeping bag
Claims
CLAIM The ornamental design for a combined matress, pillow and sleeping bag, as shown.
Inventors:
Klepy; Brigitte (Ottawa, Ontario, CA), McQuade; Leonard (Ottawa, Ontario, CA)
Appl. No.:
D/263,115
Filed:
July 17, 2006
Current U.S. Class:
D6/595 ; D6/604
Current International Class:
0613
Field of Search:
D6/595,596,601-605 5/413R,413AM,417-420,630,636,669,690,706 D2/719 2/69,69.5
References Cited [Referenced By]
U.S. Patent Documents
3072776
January 1963
Quenneville
3334363
August 1967
Lutz
3508285
April 1970
Marquette
D365485
December 1995
Rossman
5943717
August 1999
Alexander
D440806
April 2001
Legler
6341396
January 2002
Carapezza
D476516
July 2003
Pigg
6698043
March 2004
Fabian
D489929
May 2004
Sherk
6968582
November 2005
Barton et al.
2004/0045086
March 2004
Zheng
2004/0107500
June 2004
Pigg
2006/0230533
October 2006
Liang
Primary Examiner: Spear; Robert M. Assistant Examiner: Calabrese; Mary Ann Attorney, Agent or Firm: Galasso; Raymond M. Galasso & Associates, LP
(WWW.GAPATENTS.COM)
Description
FIG. 1 is a top right perspective view of the combined matress, pillow and sleeping bag, as disclosed herein. FIG. 2 is a top left perspective view as depicted in FIG. 1; and, FIG. 3 is a reduced scale rear perspective view of the combined matress, pillow and sleeping bag as depicted in FIG. 1. In the drawings, the broken lines represent environmental structure forming no part of the claim.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Water Resistant Multi-Panel Door Patent

United States Patent
(WWW.USPTO.GOV)
7,380,857
Wilds
June 3, 2008
Water resistant multi-panel door
Abstract
A multi-panel door comprises a plurality of side-by-side door panels and a water-resistant shield. Each one of the door panels is pivotably attached at an edge thereof to an adjacent one of the door panels thereby defining an edge interface between the adjacent ones of the door panels. Each one of the door panels has a cargo space facing major surface and an exterior facing major surface generally opposite and spaced apart from the cargo space facing major surface. The water-resistant shield extends over at least a portion of the cargo space facing major surface of all of the door panels. The water-resistant shield covers each edge interface defined by the door panels and wraps at least partially around a bottom longitudinal edge of a lower-most one of the door panels.
Inventors:
Wilds; Dustin Jake (Newport, TN)
Appl. No.:
11/322,028
Filed:
December 29, 2005
Current U.S. Class:
296/39.1 ; 160/230; 160/40; 296/146.1; 296/146.8; 296/146.9
Current International Class:
B60P 3/20 (20060101)
Field of Search:
296/39.1,39.3,24.41,176.3,155,146.1,50,147,146.7,146.8,146.9 160/40,230
References Cited [Referenced By]
U.S. Patent Documents
3302690
February 1967
Hurd
6802551
October 2004
Nelson
Primary Examiner: Pape; Joseph D Attorney, Agent or Firm: Galasso; Raymond M. Galasso & Associates, LP Simmons; David O. (WWW.GAPATENTS.COM)
Claims
What is claimed is:1. A multi-panel door, comprising: a plurality of side-by-side door panels, wherein each one of said door panels is pivotably attached at an edge thereof to an adjacent one of said door panels thereby defining an edge interface between said adjacent ones of said door panels and wherein each one of said door panels has a cargo space facing major surface and an exterior facing major surface generally opposite and spaced apart from the cargo space facing major surface; and a water-resistant shield extending over at least a portion of the cargo space facing major surface of all of said door panels, wherein the water-resistant shield covers each edge interface defined by said door panels and wherein the water-resistant shield wraps at least partially around a bottom longitudinal edge of a lower-most one of said door panels. 2. The multi-panel door of claim 1 wherein the water-resistant shield is secured to each one of said door panels adjacent opposed side edges of each one of said door panels. 3. The multi-panel door of claim 1 wherein the water-resistant shield wraps fully around a bottom longitudinal edge of a lower-most one of said door panels. 4. The multi-panel door of claim 3 wherein a weep passage is provided between the bottom longitudinal edge of the lower-most one of said door panels and the water-resistant shield. 5. The multi-panel door of claim 3 wherein the water-resistant shield is secured to the exterior facing major surface of the lower-most one of said door panels. 6. The multi-panel door of claim 5 wherein a weep passage is provided between the bottom longitudinal edge of the lower-most one of said door panels and the water-resistant shield. 7. The multi-panel door of claim 5 wherein the water-resistant shield is secured to each one of said door panels adjacent opposed side edges of each one of said door panels. 8. A multi-panel door, comprising: a plurality of hinged door panels, wherein adjacent ones of said door panels defining an edge interface therebetween and wherein each one of said door panels has a cargo space facing major surface and an exterior facing major surface generally opposite and spaced apart from the cargo space facing major surface; and a water-resistant shield extending over at least a portion of the cargo space facing major surface of all of said door panels, wherein the water-resistant shield covers each edge interface defined by said door panels and wherein the water-resistant shield wraps fully around a bottom longitudinal edge of a lower-most one of said door panels. 9. The multi-panel door of claim 8 wherein the water-resistant shield is secured to each one of said door panels adjacent opposed side edges of each one of said door panels. 10. The multi-panel door of claim 8 wherein a weep passage is provided between the bottom longitudinal edge of the lower-most one of said door panels and the water-resistant shield. 11. The multi-panel door of claim 8 wherein the water-resistant shield is secured to the exterior facing major surface of the lower-most one of said door panels. 12. The multi-panel door of claim 11 wherein the water-resistant shield is secured to each one of said door panels adjacent opposed side edges of each one of said door panels. 13. The multi-panel door of claim 12 wherein a weep passage is provided between the bottom longitudinal edge of the lower-most one of said door panels and the water-resistant shield. 14. A method, comprising: providing a multi-panel door including a plurality of hinged door panels, wherein adjacent ones of said door panels defining an edge interface therebetween and wherein each one of said door panels has a cargo space facing major surface and an exterior facing major surface generally opposite and spaced apart from the cargo space facing major surface; and applying a water-resistant shield over at least a portion of the cargo space facing major surface of all of said door panels, wherein said applying includes covering each edge interface defined by said door panels with the water-resistant shield; and wrapping the water-resistant shield fully around a bottom longitudinal edge of a lower-most one of said door panels. 15. The method of claim 14, further comprising: securing the water-resistant shield to each one of said door panels adjacent opposed side edges of each one of said door panels. 16. The method of claim 14 wherein wrapping the water-resistant shield fully around the bottom longitudinal edge of a lower-most one of said door panels includes wrapping the water-resistant shield loosely so as to provide a weep passage between the bottom longitudinal edge of the lower-most one of said door panels and the water-resistant shield. 17. The method of claim 14 further comprising: securing the water-resistant shield to the exterior facing major surface of the lower-most one of said door panels. 18. The method of claim 17 further comprising: securing the water-resistant shield to each one of said door panels adjacent opposed side edges of each one of said door panels. 19. The method of claim 18 wherein wrapping the water-resistant shield fully around the bottom longitudinal edge of a lower-most one of said door panels includes wrapping the water-resistant shield loosely so as to provide a weep passage between the bottom longitudinal edge of the lower-most one of said door panels and the water-resistant shield.
Description
FIELD OF THE DISCLOSURE The disclosures made herein relate generally to truck trailer doors and, more particularly, to water resistant truck trailer doors can storage unit doors. BACKGROUND It is well know that cargo within enclosed truck trailers (i.e., truck trailers) is often damaged by water from rain, snow and ice (i.e., water damage). Whether the truck trailer is that of a company that owns the cargo or the truck trailer is owned by a trucking company hired to haul the cargo, there are financial incentives for reducing the potential for water damage to such cargo. For example, under certain circumstances, a trucking company assume the liability for cargo damaged while in their possession. More specifically, a trucking company typically holds liability for cargo within truck trailers owned by the trucking company or otherwise under control and/or hire by the trucking company. Accordingly, during transport, trucking companies and cargo owners transporting their own cargo each have a vested interest in protecting cargo from adverse situations such as theft, damage from handling and damage from the elements. The typical truck trailer is not impervious to water, whether the water is in the form of rain, snow or ice or from a source such as a sprinkler system or truck wash. As a result, cargo is often subjected to water damage during transport within a truck trailer. The doors of a truck trailer, particularly multi-panel doors (e.g., roll-up type doors, push-up doors, etc.), are susceptible to water intrusion. Water often makes it's way through seams between the discrete panels of a multi-panel type door of a truck trailer. Once in the trailer, the water can damage cargo within the truck trailer as it gathers on the floor, flows within the truck trailer and/or impinges directly upon cargo adjacent the multi-panel door of a truck trailer. Therefore, a multi-segment door of a truck trailer that is configured for reducing, if not eliminating water from entering a cargo space of the truck trailer through the door would be useful and advantageous. SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE Embodiments of the present invention are particularly useful for protecting cargo within a truck trailer from damage by water that enters the truck trailer through a multi-panel door. While embodiments of the present invention are particularly useful for protecting cargo within a truck trailer from damage by water that enters the truck trailer through a multi-panel door, they are also useful in other applications such as storage unit doors, residential garage doors and the like. Embodiments of the present invention reduce, if not eliminating, water from entering a cargo space through a multi-panel door. In doing so, embodiments of the present invention advantageously overcome one or more shortcomings associated with conventional non-shielded multi-panel doors. In one embodiment of the present invention, a multi-panel door comprises a plurality of side-by-side door panels and a water-resistant shield. Each one of the door panels is pivotably attached at an edge thereof to an adjacent one of the door panels thereby defining an edge interface between the adjacent ones of the door panels. Each one of the door panels has a cargo space facing major surface and an exterior facing major surface generally opposite and spaced apart from the cargo space facing major surface. The water-resistant shield extends over at least a portion of the, cargo space facing major surface of all of the door panels. The water-resistant shield covers each edge interface defined by the door panels and wraps at least partially around a bottom longitudinal edge of a lower-most one of the door panels. In another embodiment of the present invention, a multi-panel door comprises a plurality of hinged door panels and a water-resistant shield. Adjacent ones of the door panels defining an edge interface therebetween. Each one of the door panels has a cargo space facing major surface and an exterior facing major surface generally opposite and spaced apart from the cargo space facing major surface. The water-resistant shield extends over at least a portion of the cargo space facing major surface of all of the door panels. The water-resistant shield covers each edge interface defined by the door panels and wraps fully around a bottom longitudinal edge of a lower-most one of the door panels. In another embodiment of the present invention, a method comprises providing a multi-panel door including a plurality of hinged door panels. Adjacent ones of the door panels defining an edge interface therebetween and each one of the door panels has a cargo space facing major surface and an exterior facing major surface generally opposite and spaced apart from the cargo space facing major surface. An operation is performed for applying a water-resistant shield over at least a portion of the cargo space facing major surface of all of the door panels. The applying includes covering each edge interface defined by the door panels with the water-resistant shield. An operation is performed for wrapping the water-resistant shield fully around a bottom longitudinal edge of a lower-most one of the door panels. Turning now to specific aspects of the present invention, in at least one embodiment, the water-resistant shield is secured to each one of the door panels adjacent opposed side edges of each one of the door panels. In at least one embodiment of the present invention, the water-resistant shield wraps fully around a bottom longitudinal edge of a lower-most one of the door panels. In at least one embodiment of the present invention, the water resistant shield is loosely wrapped around the bottom longitudinal edge of the lower-most one of the door panels for weep passage between the bottom longitudinal edge of the lower-most one of the door panels and the water-resistant shield. In at least one embodiment of the present invention, the water-resistant shield is secured to the exterior facing major surface of the lower-most one of the door panels. In at least one embodiment of the present invention, an operation is performed for securing the water-resistant shield to each one of the door panels adjacent opposed side edges of each one of the door panels. In at least one embodiment of the present invention, wrapping the water-resistant shield fully around a bottom longitudinal edge of a lower-most one of the door panels includes wrapping the water-resistant shield loosely so as to provide a weep passage between the bottom longitudinal edge of the lower-most one of the door panels and the water-resistant shield. In at least one embodiment of the present invention, an operation is performed for securing the water-resistant shield to the exterior facing major surface of the lower-most one of the door panels. These and other objects, embodiments, advantages and/or distinctions of the present invention will become readily apparent upon further review of the following specification, associated drawings and appended claims. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a cross-sectional side view of a multi-panel door in accordance with the present invention. FIG. 2 is a fragmentary view of a cargo space facing side of the multi-panel door in FIG. 1. FIG. 3 is an enlarged fragmentary, cross-sectional side view of the multi-panel door depicted in FIG. 1. DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING FIGURES FIGS. 1-3 depict various aspects of a first embodiment of multi-panel door in accordance with present invention, which is referred to herein as the multi-panel door 10. The multi-panel door 10 includes a plurality of door panels 12 and a water-resistant shield 14. The door panels 12 are in a horizontal side-by-side orientation such that adjacent ones of the door panels 12 have spaced apart and substantially parallel longitudinal edges. Roll-up doors as used on a storage unit or a truck trailer are examples of the multi-panel door 10. Examples of the water-resistant shield 14 include a vinyl-coated tarp, a sheet of polymeric material (e.g., Tyvek offered by Dupont) or other material configured for limiting the transmission of water droplets therethrough. It is disclosed herein that the water-resistant shield 14 is not limited to a particular type of material or construction. Each one of the door panels 12 is attached via a plurality of hinges 16 at a longitudinal edge 17 thereof to an adjacent one of the door panels 12 thereby defining an edge interface 18 between the adjacent ones of the door panels 12. Because the door panels 12 are spaced apart-the edge interface 18 is characterized by a gap between adjacent door panels 12. It is through this gap where water passes through the multi-panel door 10. Each one of the door panels 12 has a cargo space facing major surface 20 (i.e., an interior surface of the multi-panel door 10 when in a mounted orientation) and an exterior facing major face 21 (i.e., an exterior surface of the multi-panel door 10 when in a mounted orientation). The cargo space facing major surface 20 of each one of the door panels 12 is spaced apart from and is generally opposite the exterior facing major face 21 of the respective one of the door panels 12. For example, each one of the door panels 12 may be a solid core door panel or an insulated core door panel. The water-resistant shield 14 extends over substantially all the cargo space facing major surface 20 of each of the door panels 12. Optionally, the water-resistant shield 14 extends over only a portion of the cargo space facing major surface 20 of one or more of the door panels 12. The water-resistant shield 14 covers each edge interface 18 defined by the door panels and is secured to each one of the door panels adjacent opposed side edges 19 of each one of the door panels. The water-resistant shield 14 is secured by means such as screws, snaps, hook and loop fasteners or the like. By covering each edge interface 18, the water-resistant shield 14 at least partially blocks water that passes through one of the edge interfaces 18 from directly entering a cargo space protected by multi-panel door 10. The water-resistant shield 14 wraps fully partially around a bottom longitudinal edge 22 of a lower-most one 24 of the door panels 12 and is secured to the exterior facing major surface 21 of the lower-most one 22 of the door panels 12. As best depicted in FIG. 1, the water-resistant shield 14 is relatively loosely wrapped around the bottom longitudinal edge 22 of the lower-most one 24 of the door panels 12 such that a weep passage 26 (FIG. 3) is provided between the bottom longitudinal edge 22 of the lower-most 24 one of the door panels 12 and the water-resistant shield 14. The weep passage 26 serves to provide a means for water that has passed through the edge interfaces 18 to be channeled to the opposed edges of the multi-panel door 10. In doing to, this water maybe directed away from the cargo space of a trailer or storage unit such as through drains provided in a floor of the trailer or storage unit near the opposed edges of the multi-panel door 10, thus providing for water channel functionality in accordance with the present invention. The water-resistant shield 14 extends past the opposed side edges 19 of each one of the door panels 12. In this manner, a side flap portion 27 is provided. Each side flap portion 27 is configured (e.g., sized) such that it extends into contact or nearly into contact with an adjacent sidewall of a trailer on which the multi-panel door 10 is mounted. The side flat portion 27 serves to preclude or, at least limit, the amount of water that passes between the side edges 19 of the door panels 12 and the adjacent sidewall of the trailer. The present invention includes a method for retrofitting an existing multi-panel door with a water-resistance shield to provide water channeling functionality as disclosed herein. In one embodiment of such a method, a multi-panel door including a plurality of hinged door panels is provided. Adjacent ones of the door panels define an edge interface therebetween. Each one of the door panels has a cargo space facing major surface and an exterior facing major surface generally opposite and spaced apart from the cargo space facing major surface. An operation is performed for applying a water-resistant shield over at least a portion of the cargo space facing major surface of all of the door panels. Applying the water-resistant shield includes covering each edge interface defined by the door panels with the water-resistant shield. An operation is performed for securing the water-resistant shield to each one of the door panels adjacent opposed side edges of each one of the door panels. An operation is performed for wrapping the water-resistant shield fully around a bottom longitudinal edge of a lower-most one of the door panels. Wrapping the water-resistant shield fully around a bottom longitudinal edge of the lower-most one of the door panels includes wrapping the water-resistant shield loosely so as to provide a weep passage between the bottom longitudinal edge of the lower-most one of the door panels and the water-resistant shield. An operation-is performed for securing the water-resistant shield to the exterior facing major surface of the lower-most one of the door panels after wrapping the water-resistant shield fully around the bottom longitudinal edge of the lower-most one of the door panels. In the preceding detailed description, reference has been made to the accompanying drawings that form a part hereof, and in which are shown by way of illustration specific embodiments in which the present invention may be practiced. These embodiments, and certain variants thereof, have been described in sufficient detail to enable those skilled in the art to practice embodiments of the present invention. It is to be understood that other suitable embodiments may be utilized and that logical, mechanical, chemical and electrical changes may be made without departing from the spirit or scope of such inventive disclosures. To avoid unnecessary detail, the description omits certain information known to those skilled in the art. The preceding detailed description is, therefore, not intended to be limited to the specific forms set forth herein, but on the contrary, it is intended to cover such alternatives, modifications, and equivalents, as can be reasonably included within the spirit and scope of the appended claims.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Hand Held Plugger Design Patent

United States Patent
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D569,696
Lindsay , et al.
May 27, 2008
Hand held plugger
Claims
CLAIM The ornamental design for a hand held plugger, as shown.
Inventors:
Lindsay; Matthew R. (King, NC), Lindsay, III; Robert (King, NC)
Appl. No.:
D/262,922
Filed:
July 13, 2006
Current U.S. Class:
D8/1
Current International Class:
0801
Field of Search:
D8/12,7,1 294/49,55.5,50.6,50.7,50.9 172/19-21
References Cited [Referenced By]
U.S. Patent Documents
1039012
September 1912
Behrendt et al.
2680643
June 1954
Cravotta
3602542
August 1971
Disston, Jr.
4029235
June 1977
Grataloup
4145980
March 1979
Boots
D302512
August 1989
Slayton
D309242
July 1990
Laslo
5088562
February 1992
Shields
5351635
October 1994
Hulicsko
D365504
December 1995
Hawkins
D423889
May 2000
Heffner
D537686
March 2007
Yates
Primary Examiner: Baynham; Holly H. Assistant Examiner: Friedman; Sheryl Attorney, Agent or Firm: Galasso; Raymond M. Galasso & Associates, LP
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Description
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the hand held plugger, as disclosed herein; FIG. 2 is a top view thereof; and, FIG. 3 is a cross sectional view taken along line 3--3 in FIG. 2.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Design Patent

United States Patent
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D570,730
Garrison
June 10, 2008
Lighted scarecrow
Claims
CLAIM The ornamental design for a lighted scarecrow, as shown and described.
Inventors:
Garrison; John D. (Tannersville, NY)
Appl. No.:
D/236,306
Filed:
August 15, 2005
Current U.S. Class:
D11/128 ; D11/117; D11/125
Current International Class:
1105
Field of Search:
D11/117,121,125,127,128,129,131,157,158,160 D21/398,576,587,621,627,629 428/7,8,9,11
References Cited [Referenced By]
U.S. Patent Documents
D152128
December 1948
Salter
D262276
December 1981
Christoff
D283237
April 1986
Tell
D283519
April 1986
Begley
D290862
July 1987
Koester et al.
D334356
March 1993
Lomeli
D452593
December 2001
Kaplan
D533109
December 2006
Brooks
Primary Examiner: Reid; Stella M. Assistant Examiner: Oswecki; Elizabeth J Attorney, Agent or Firm: Galasso; Raymond M. Galasso & Associates, LP
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Description
The FIGURE is a front, perspective view of a lighted scarecrow showing my new design. All surfaces not shown form no part of the claimed design.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Water Resistant Multi-Panel Door Patent

United States Patent
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7,380,857
Wilds
June 3, 2008
Water resistant multi-panel door
Abstract
A multi-panel door comprises a plurality of side-by-side door panels and a water-resistant shield. Each one of the door panels is pivotably attached at an edge thereof to an adjacent one of the door panels thereby defining an edge interface between the adjacent ones of the door panels. Each one of the door panels has a cargo space facing major surface and an exterior facing major surface generally opposite and spaced apart from the cargo space facing major surface. The water-resistant shield extends over at least a portion of the cargo space facing major surface of all of the door panels. The water-resistant shield covers each edge interface defined by the door panels and wraps at least partially around a bottom longitudinal edge of a lower-most one of the door panels.
Inventors:
Wilds; Dustin Jake (Newport, TN)
Appl. No.:
11/322,028
Filed:
December 29, 2005
Current U.S. Class:
296/39.1 ; 160/230; 160/40; 296/146.1; 296/146.8; 296/146.9
Current International Class:
B60P 3/20 (20060101)
Field of Search:
296/39.1,39.3,24.41,176.3,155,146.1,50,147,146.7,146.8,146.9 160/40,230
References Cited [Referenced By]
U.S. Patent Documents
3302690
February 1967
Hurd
6802551
October 2004
Nelson
Primary Examiner: Pape; Joseph D Attorney, Agent or Firm: Galasso; Raymond M. Galasso & Associates, LP Simmons; David O. (WWW.GAPATENTS.COM)
Claims
What is claimed is:1. A multi-panel door, comprising: a plurality of side-by-side door panels, wherein each one of said door panels is pivotably attached at an edge thereof to an adjacent one of said door panels thereby defining an edge interface between said adjacent ones of said door panels and wherein each one of said door panels has a cargo space facing major surface and an exterior facing major surface generally opposite and spaced apart from the cargo space facing major surface; and a water-resistant shield extending over at least a portion of the cargo space facing major surface of all of said door panels, wherein the water-resistant shield covers each edge interface defined by said door panels and wherein the water-resistant shield wraps at least partially around a bottom longitudinal edge of a lower-most one of said door panels. 2. The multi-panel door of claim 1 wherein the water-resistant shield is secured to each one of said door panels adjacent opposed side edges of each one of said door panels. 3. The multi-panel door of claim 1 wherein the water-resistant shield wraps fully around a bottom longitudinal edge of a lower-most one of said door panels. 4. The multi-panel door of claim 3 wherein a weep passage is provided between the bottom longitudinal edge of the lower-most one of said door panels and the water-resistant shield. 5. The multi-panel door of claim 3 wherein the water-resistant shield is secured to the exterior facing major surface of the lower-most one of said door panels. 6. The multi-panel door of claim 5 wherein a weep passage is provided between the bottom longitudinal edge of the lower-most one of said door panels and the water-resistant shield. 7. The multi-panel door of claim 5 wherein the water-resistant shield is secured to each one of said door panels adjacent opposed side edges of each one of said door panels. 8. A multi-panel door, comprising: a plurality of hinged door panels, wherein adjacent ones of said door panels defining an edge interface therebetween and wherein each one of said door panels has a cargo space facing major surface and an exterior facing major surface generally opposite and spaced apart from the cargo space facing major surface; and a water-resistant shield extending over at least a portion of the cargo space facing major surface of all of said door panels, wherein the water-resistant shield covers each edge interface defined by said door panels and wherein the water-resistant shield wraps fully around a bottom longitudinal edge of a lower-most one of said door panels. 9. The multi-panel door of claim 8 wherein the water-resistant shield is secured to each one of said door panels adjacent opposed side edges of each one of said door panels. 10. The multi-panel door of claim 8 wherein a weep passage is provided between the bottom longitudinal edge of the lower-most one of said door panels and the water-resistant shield. 11. The multi-panel door of claim 8 wherein the water-resistant shield is secured to the exterior facing major surface of the lower-most one of said door panels. 12. The multi-panel door of claim 11 wherein the water-resistant shield is secured to each one of said door panels adjacent opposed side edges of each one of said door panels. 13. The multi-panel door of claim 12 wherein a weep passage is provided between the bottom longitudinal edge of the lower-most one of said door panels and the water-resistant shield. 14. A method, comprising: providing a multi-panel door including a plurality of hinged door panels, wherein adjacent ones of said door panels defining an edge interface therebetween and wherein each one of said door panels has a cargo space facing major surface and an exterior facing major surface generally opposite and spaced apart from the cargo space facing major surface; and applying a water-resistant shield over at least a portion of the cargo space facing major surface of all of said door panels, wherein said applying includes covering each edge interface defined by said door panels with the water-resistant shield; and wrapping the water-resistant shield fully around a bottom longitudinal edge of a lower-most one of said door panels. 15. The method of claim 14, further comprising: securing the water-resistant shield to each one of said door panels adjacent opposed side edges of each one of said door panels. 16. The method of claim 14 wherein wrapping the water-resistant shield fully around the bottom longitudinal edge of a lower-most one of said door panels includes wrapping the water-resistant shield loosely so as to provide a weep passage between the bottom longitudinal edge of the lower-most one of said door panels and the water-resistant shield. 17. The method of claim 14 further comprising: securing the water-resistant shield to the exterior facing major surface of the lower-most one of said door panels. 18. The method of claim 17 further comprising: securing the water-resistant shield to each one of said door panels adjacent opposed side edges of each one of said door panels. 19. The method of claim 18 wherein wrapping the water-resistant shield fully around the bottom longitudinal edge of a lower-most one of said door panels includes wrapping the water-resistant shield loosely so as to provide a weep passage between the bottom longitudinal edge of the lower-most one of said door panels and the water-resistant shield.
Description
FIELD OF THE DISCLOSURE The disclosures made herein relate generally to truck trailer doors and, more particularly, to water resistant truck trailer doors can storage unit doors. BACKGROUND It is well know that cargo within enclosed truck trailers (i.e., truck trailers) is often damaged by water from rain, snow and ice (i.e., water damage). Whether the truck trailer is that of a company that owns the cargo or the truck trailer is owned by a trucking company hired to haul the cargo, there are financial incentives for reducing the potential for water damage to such cargo. For example, under certain circumstances, a trucking company assume the liability for cargo damaged while in their possession. More specifically, a trucking company typically holds liability for cargo within truck trailers owned by the trucking company or otherwise under control and/or hire by the trucking company. Accordingly, during transport, trucking companies and cargo owners transporting their own cargo each have a vested interest in protecting cargo from adverse situations such as theft, damage from handling and damage from the elements. The typical truck trailer is not impervious to water, whether the water is in the form of rain, snow or ice or from a source such as a sprinkler system or truck wash. As a result, cargo is often subjected to water damage during transport within a truck trailer. The doors of a truck trailer, particularly multi-panel doors (e.g., roll-up type doors, push-up doors, etc.), are susceptible to water intrusion. Water often makes it's way through seams between the discrete panels of a multi-panel type door of a truck trailer. Once in the trailer, the water can damage cargo within the truck trailer as it gathers on the floor, flows within the truck trailer and/or impinges directly upon cargo adjacent the multi-panel door of a truck trailer. Therefore, a multi-segment door of a truck trailer that is configured for reducing, if not eliminating water from entering a cargo space of the truck trailer through the door would be useful and advantageous. SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE Embodiments of the present invention are particularly useful for protecting cargo within a truck trailer from damage by water that enters the truck trailer through a multi-panel door. While embodiments of the present invention are particularly useful for protecting cargo within a truck trailer from damage by water that enters the truck trailer through a multi-panel door, they are also useful in other applications such as storage unit doors, residential garage doors and the like. Embodiments of the present invention reduce, if not eliminating, water from entering a cargo space through a multi-panel door. In doing so, embodiments of the present invention advantageously overcome one or more shortcomings associated with conventional non-shielded multi-panel doors. In one embodiment of the present invention, a multi-panel door comprises a plurality of side-by-side door panels and a water-resistant shield. Each one of the door panels is pivotably attached at an edge thereof to an adjacent one of the door panels thereby defining an edge interface between the adjacent ones of the door panels. Each one of the door panels has a cargo space facing major surface and an exterior facing major surface generally opposite and spaced apart from the cargo space facing major surface. The water-resistant shield extends over at least a portion of the, cargo space facing major surface of all of the door panels. The water-resistant shield covers each edge interface defined by the door panels and wraps at least partially around a bottom longitudinal edge of a lower-most one of the door panels. In another embodiment of the present invention, a multi-panel door comprises a plurality of hinged door panels and a water-resistant shield. Adjacent ones of the door panels defining an edge interface therebetween. Each one of the door panels has a cargo space facing major surface and an exterior facing major surface generally opposite and spaced apart from the cargo space facing major surface. The water-resistant shield extends over at least a portion of the cargo space facing major surface of all of the door panels. The water-resistant shield covers each edge interface defined by the door panels and wraps fully around a bottom longitudinal edge of a lower-most one of the door panels. In another embodiment of the present invention, a method comprises providing a multi-panel door including a plurality of hinged door panels. Adjacent ones of the door panels defining an edge interface therebetween and each one of the door panels has a cargo space facing major surface and an exterior facing major surface generally opposite and spaced apart from the cargo space facing major surface. An operation is performed for applying a water-resistant shield over at least a portion of the cargo space facing major surface of all of the door panels. The applying includes covering each edge interface defined by the door panels with the water-resistant shield. An operation is performed for wrapping the water-resistant shield fully around a bottom longitudinal edge of a lower-most one of the door panels. Turning now to specific aspects of the present invention, in at least one embodiment, the water-resistant shield is secured to each one of the door panels adjacent opposed side edges of each one of the door panels. In at least one embodiment of the present invention, the water-resistant shield wraps fully around a bottom longitudinal edge of a lower-most one of the door panels. In at least one embodiment of the present invention, the water resistant shield is loosely wrapped around the bottom longitudinal edge of the lower-most one of the door panels for weep passage between the bottom longitudinal edge of the lower-most one of the door panels and the water-resistant shield. In at least one embodiment of the present invention, the water-resistant shield is secured to the exterior facing major surface of the lower-most one of the door panels. In at least one embodiment of the present invention, an operation is performed for securing the water-resistant shield to each one of the door panels adjacent opposed side edges of each one of the door panels. In at least one embodiment of the present invention, wrapping the water-resistant shield fully around a bottom longitudinal edge of a lower-most one of the door panels includes wrapping the water-resistant shield loosely so as to provide a weep passage between the bottom longitudinal edge of the lower-most one of the door panels and the water-resistant shield. In at least one embodiment of the present invention, an operation is performed for securing the water-resistant shield to the exterior facing major surface of the lower-most one of the door panels. These and other objects, embodiments, advantages and/or distinctions of the present invention will become readily apparent upon further review of the following specification, associated drawings and appended claims. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a cross-sectional side view of a multi-panel door in accordance with the present invention. FIG. 2 is a fragmentary view of a cargo space facing side of the multi-panel door in FIG. 1. FIG. 3 is an enlarged fragmentary, cross-sectional side view of the multi-panel door depicted in FIG. 1. DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING FIGURES FIGS. 1-3 depict various aspects of a first embodiment of multi-panel door in accordance with present invention, which is referred to herein as the multi-panel door 10. The multi-panel door 10 includes a plurality of door panels 12 and a water-resistant shield 14. The door panels 12 are in a horizontal side-by-side orientation such that adjacent ones of the door panels 12 have spaced apart and substantially parallel longitudinal edges. Roll-up doors as used on a storage unit or a truck trailer are examples of the multi-panel door 10. Examples of the water-resistant shield 14 include a vinyl-coated tarp, a sheet of polymeric material (e.g., Tyvek offered by Dupont) or other material configured for limiting the transmission of water droplets therethrough. It is disclosed herein that the water-resistant shield 14 is not limited to a particular type of material or construction. Each one of the door panels 12 is attached via a plurality of hinges 16 at a longitudinal edge 17 thereof to an adjacent one of the door panels 12 thereby defining an edge interface 18 between the adjacent ones of the door panels 12. Because the door panels 12 are spaced apart-the edge interface 18 is characterized by a gap between adjacent door panels 12. It is through this gap where water passes through the multi-panel door 10. Each one of the door panels 12 has a cargo space facing major surface 20 (i.e., an interior surface of the multi-panel door 10 when in a mounted orientation) and an exterior facing major face 21 (i.e., an exterior surface of the multi-panel door 10 when in a mounted orientation). The cargo space facing major surface 20 of each one of the door panels 12 is spaced apart from and is generally opposite the exterior facing major face 21 of the respective one of the door panels 12. For example, each one of the door panels 12 may be a solid core door panel or an insulated core door panel. The water-resistant shield 14 extends over substantially all the cargo space facing major surface 20 of each of the door panels 12. Optionally, the water-resistant shield 14 extends over only a portion of the cargo space facing major surface 20 of one or more of the door panels 12. The water-resistant shield 14 covers each edge interface 18 defined by the door panels and is secured to each one of the door panels adjacent opposed side edges 19 of each one of the door panels. The water-resistant shield 14 is secured by means such as screws, snaps, hook and loop fasteners or the like. By covering each edge interface 18, the water-resistant shield 14 at least partially blocks water that passes through one of the edge interfaces 18 from directly entering a cargo space protected by multi-panel door 10. The water-resistant shield 14 wraps fully partially around a bottom longitudinal edge 22 of a lower-most one 24 of the door panels 12 and is secured to the exterior facing major surface 21 of the lower-most one 22 of the door panels 12. As best depicted in FIG. 1, the water-resistant shield 14 is relatively loosely wrapped around the bottom longitudinal edge 22 of the lower-most one 24 of the door panels 12 such that a weep passage 26 (FIG. 3) is provided between the bottom longitudinal edge 22 of the lower-most 24 one of the door panels 12 and the water-resistant shield 14. The weep passage 26 serves to provide a means for water that has passed through the edge interfaces 18 to be channeled to the opposed edges of the multi-panel door 10. In doing to, this water maybe directed away from the cargo space of a trailer or storage unit such as through drains provided in a floor of the trailer or storage unit near the opposed edges of the multi-panel door 10, thus providing for water channel functionality in accordance with the present invention. The water-resistant shield 14 extends past the opposed side edges 19 of each one of the door panels 12. In this manner, a side flap portion 27 is provided. Each side flap portion 27 is configured (e.g., sized) such that it extends into contact or nearly into contact with an adjacent sidewall of a trailer on which the multi-panel door 10 is mounted. The side flat portion 27 serves to preclude or, at least limit, the amount of water that passes between the side edges 19 of the door panels 12 and the adjacent sidewall of the trailer. The present invention includes a method for retrofitting an existing multi-panel door with a water-resistance shield to provide water channeling functionality as disclosed herein. In one embodiment of such a method, a multi-panel door including a plurality of hinged door panels is provided. Adjacent ones of the door panels define an edge interface therebetween. Each one of the door panels has a cargo space facing major surface and an exterior facing major surface generally opposite and spaced apart from the cargo space facing major surface. An operation is performed for applying a water-resistant shield over at least a portion of the cargo space facing major surface of all of the door panels. Applying the water-resistant shield includes covering each edge interface defined by the door panels with the water-resistant shield. An operation is performed for securing the water-resistant shield to each one of the door panels adjacent opposed side edges of each one of the door panels. An operation is performed for wrapping the water-resistant shield fully around a bottom longitudinal edge of a lower-most one of the door panels. Wrapping the water-resistant shield fully around a bottom longitudinal edge of the lower-most one of the door panels includes wrapping the water-resistant shield loosely so as to provide a weep passage between the bottom longitudinal edge of the lower-most one of the door panels and the water-resistant shield. An operation-is performed for securing the water-resistant shield to the exterior facing major surface of the lower-most one of the door panels after wrapping the water-resistant shield fully around the bottom longitudinal edge of the lower-most one of the door panels. In the preceding detailed description, reference has been made to the accompanying drawings that form a part hereof, and in which are shown by way of illustration specific embodiments in which the present invention may be practiced. These embodiments, and certain variants thereof, have been described in sufficient detail to enable those skilled in the art to practice embodiments of the present invention. It is to be understood that other suitable embodiments may be utilized and that logical, mechanical, chemical and electrical changes may be made without departing from the spirit or scope of such inventive disclosures. To avoid unnecessary detail, the description omits certain information known to those skilled in the art. The preceding detailed description is, therefore, not intended to be limited to the specific forms set forth herein, but on the contrary, it is intended to cover such alternatives, modifications, and equivalents, as can be reasonably included within the spirit and scope of the appended claims.
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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Neck And Shoulder Heating Pad And Massager

United States Patent
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D570,489
McMullin
June 3, 2008
Neck and shoulder heating pad and massager
Claims
CLAIM The ornamental design for a neck and shoulder heating pad and massager, as shown and described.
Inventors:
McMullin; Karen K. (Elgin, IL)
Appl. No.:
D/252,465
Filed:
January 23, 2006
Current U.S. Class:
D24/200
Current International Class:
2401
Field of Search:
D24/110,133,189,200-215 D6/601 128/24-36,59,842,844 297/452.21-452.25 5/648-656
References Cited [Referenced By]
U.S. Patent Documents
4343303
August 1982
Williams
D324270
February 1992
Raya et al.
D389584
January 1998
Leventhal et al.
D420845
February 2000
Rumage
D436179
January 2001
Small
D453223
January 2002
Sherman
6699271
March 2004
Clayton
D495550
September 2004
Weeks
D511838
November 2005
Vedra
D512511
December 2005
Friedland
Primary Examiner: Spear; Robert M. Assistant Examiner: Krakower; Susan E Attorney, Agent or Firm: Galasso; Raymond M. Galasso & Associates, LP
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Description
FIG. 1 is a top plan view of a neck and shoulder heating pad massager showing my new design; FIG. 2 is a side elevational view thereof; and, FIG. 3 is a side perspective view thereof, in use. All sides not shown in the drawing disclosure forms no part of the claimed design. The broken line showing of a human figure, a remote control box and cord illustrates environmental structure and forms no part of the claimed design. The dashed lines shown directly on the surface of the claimed article, throughout the views, are understood to represent stitching, and form part of the claimed design.
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