US Patent No. 10,920,446

REINFORCING CONNECTOR FOR SHADE SCREEN


Patent No. 10,920,446
Issue Date February 16, 2021
Title Reinforcing Connector For Shade Screen
Inventorship Yan Jin, Pomona, CA (US)
Qing Feng Lyu, Hangzhou (CN)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,920,446

1. A reinforcing connector for a shade screen having a screen fabric having a corner portion and a tightening wire having a tightening portion, said reinforcing connector, comprising:a head connecting member having a through connecting slot and a peripheral securing slot formed along a peripheral edge portion of said head connecting member; and
a reinforcing body having a tapered cross-sectional shape and extending from said head connecting member, said reinforcing body further having a receiving cavity, a first reinforcing groove and a second reinforcing groove formed on two sides of said receiving cavity and inclinedly extending and indently formed along an inner surface of a first sidewall and an inner surface of a second sidewall of said reinforcing body respectively, said first reinforcing groove and said second reinforcing groove being aligned with two ends of said peripheral securing slot of said head connecting member, in such a manner that said corner portion of said screen fabric is securely attached in said receiving cavity, while said tightening portion of said tightening wire is arranged to pass through said first reinforcing groove and said second reinforcing groove and is fittedly received in said peripheral securing slot so that said tightening wire is substantially reinforced and supported in said reinforcing connector as to prevent said tightening wire from breaking out of said screen fabric when said screen fabric is subject to external force, a width of said reinforcing body gradually increasing from said head connecting member to said screen fabric, said head connecting member and said reinforcing body being integrally connected with each other to form an integral structure of said reinforcing connector, said head connecting member and said through connecting slot having a substantially circular cross-sectional shape,
said reinforcing body comprising a base member and a top covering member securely connected to said base member for forming an integral structure of said reinforcing body, wherein said base member further has a plurality of retention edges inwardly extending from said first sidewall and said second sidewall respectively for retaining a position of said top covering member, said retention edges being positioned above said top covering member when said top covering member is connected to said base member, said first reinforcing groove being formed as a space surrounded by an inner surface of said first sidewall and said corresponding retention edge, while said second reinforcing groove being formed as a space surrounded by an inner surface of said second sidewall and another corresponding retention edge.