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Magnetic name plate assembly and connector therefor

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Robert J. Reeves

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A name plate assembly includes a name plate and a connector which are magnetically attracted to each other, and which are disposed on opposite sides of a piece of clothing during use. The connector includes a first portion which extends beyond an edge of the name plate. In use, the name plate assembly is removed from the garment by a user engaging the first portion and applying a force. The connector then acts as a lever to break the magnetic connection between the name plate and the connector, and the name plate can then be removed.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

It should be understood that the drawings are provided for the purpose of illustration only and are not intended to define the limits of the invention. The foregoing and other objects and advantages of the embodiments described herein will become apparent with reference to the following detailed description when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is a front perspective view showing a magnetic name plate assembly in accordance with a first embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a rear perspective view of the name plate assembly of FIG. 1 with the name plate and connector in engagement;

FIG. 3 is a rear view of the name plate assembly of FIG. 1 with the name plate and connector disengaged;

FIG. 4 is an exploded view of the name plate assembly of FIG. 1;

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the connector of the name plate assembly of FIG. 1 with magnets removed;

FIG. 6 is a rear plan view of the name plate assembly of FIG. 1 with the name plate and connector in engagement;

FIG. 7 is a cross-sectional view of the name plate assembly of FIG. 1 taken along lines

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7 of FIG. 6;

FIG. 8 is a perspective view showing the name plate assembly being engaged with an article of clothing; and

FIG. 9 is a schematic view showing the connector being removed from engagement with the name plate by a user.

FIG. 10 is a front perspective view showing a magnetic name plate assembly in accordance with a second embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 11 is a rear perspective view of the name plate assembly of FIG. 10 with the name plate and connector in engagement;

FIG. 12 is a front perspective view showing a magnetic name plate assembly in accordance with a third embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 13 is a rear perspective view of the name plate assembly of FIG. 12 with the name plate and connector in engagement;

FIG. 14 is a front perspective view showing a magnetic name plate assembly in accordance with a fourth embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 15 is a rear perspective view of the name plate assembly of FIG. 14 with the name plate and connector in engagement;

FIG. 16 is a perspective view of the connector of the name plate assembly of FIG. 14 with a magnetic assembly removed;

FIG. 17 is a rear plan view of the name plate assembly of FIG. 14 with the name plate and connector in engagement;

FIG. 18 is a front perspective view showing a magnetic name plate assembly in accordance with a fifth embodiment of the present invention in engagement;

FIG. 19 is a front perspective view of the name plate assembly of FIG. 18 with the name plate and connector not in engagement;

FIG. 20 is a rear perspective view of the name plate assembly of FIG. 18 with the name plate and connector not in engagement;

FIG. 21 is a cross-sectional view taken along lines

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21 of FIG. 18;

FIG. 22 is a rear perspective view of a name plate in accordance with a sixth embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 23 is a front perspective view of the connector of FIG. 22 in engagement with an exemplary connector;

FIG. 24 is a rear perspective view of the connector of FIG. 22 in engagement with an exemplary connector;

FIG. 25 is a rear perspective view of a name plate in accordance with a seventh embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 26 is a front perspective view of the connector of FIG. 25 in engagement with an exemplary connector; and

FIG. 27 is a rear perspective view of the connector of FIG. 25 in engagement with an exemplary connector.

Claims

1. In a magnetic name plate assembly including at least one magnetic member for attachment to an article of clothing, the name plate assembly including a name plate having a front surface adapted to display indicia, and a back plate adapted to contact an outer portion of the clothing, the improvement comprising;

2. The improvement of claim 1, wherein the connector has a shape selected from the group consisting of: a generally V-shape including a first and a second leg, and an apex connecting the first and second legs; a generally U-shape including a pair of legs which extend from the first portion; a generally semi-circular shape including a continuous outer surface; a generally semi-circular shape including a single, unitary leg extending between either end of the connector; and a generally rectangular shape body including a generally arcuate or semi-circular shape extending from one edge of the rectangular shape.

3. The improvement of claim 1, wherein the connector includes at least one indentation constructed and arranged to support a magnet therein.

4. The improvement of claim 1, in combination with a magnetic assembly.

5. The improvement of claim 1, wherein the first portion extends beyond one of an upper edge or lower edge of the back plate.

6. The name plate assembly of claim 1, wherein the section is substantially centered on the length of the edge so that the first portion of the connector extends beyond a central portion of the edge.

7. A connector constructed and arranged to be held in magnetic engagement with a name plate by a magnetic member supported on one of the connector or the name plate, the connector comprising:

8. The connector of claim 7, in combination with the name plate, the name plate further having a back plate adapted to magnetically engage the connector.

9. The connector of claim 8, wherein the back plate includes at least one protrusion constructed and arranged to limit the movement of the connector when the connector is magnetically engaged with the back plate.

10. The connector of claim 8, wherein the back plate includes an enclosure constructed and arranged to limit the movement of the connector when the connector is magnetically engaged with the back plate.

11. The connector of claim 10, wherein the enclosure is defined by a raised wall extending along a portion of the back plate.

12. The connector of claim 10, wherein the enclosure is defined by a recess in the back plate.

13. The connector of claim 7, in combination with at least one magnet.

14. The connector of claim 13, wherein the connector includes at least one indentation constructed and arranged to support the at least one magnet therein.

15. The connector of claim 14, wherein the connector is made of a conductive material such that the at least one magnet is held within the at least one indentation by magnetic attraction.

16. The connector of claim 13, wherein the at least one magnet is a magnetic assembly including a pair of magnets connected by a bridge.

17. The connector of claim 16, wherein the magnetic assembly is supported within a non-conductive body portion of the connector.

18. The connector of claim 7, wherein the first portion extends beyond one of an upper edge or lower edge of the back plate.

19. A magnetic name plate assembly for attachment to an article of clothing comprising:

20. The name plate assembly of claim 19, wherein the section is substantially centered on the length of the edge so that the first portion of the connector extends beyond a central portion of the edge.