Patent Number: 6,165,577

Title: Magnetic latching system for protective tabletop pads

Abstract: A magnetic latching system for protective tabletop pads for providing a convenient and secure latching system for removably connecting pad sections together in a manner that minimizes the risk of damaging the tabletop. A tabletop protective pad section is provided for resting on a top surface of a table with at least one other pad section. The preferred protective pad section comprises a base member having a first face for facing in an upward direction and a second face for facing in a downward direction, with the first and second faces being oriented substantially parallel to each other. Each of the first and second faces has a perimeter, and the base member has a perimeter edge face extending between the perimeters of the first and second faces. A pair of side portions of the perimeter edge face are oriented generally parallel to each other on opposite sides of the base member. A magnetically-active structure is mounted on the first side portion of the perimeter edge face of the base member, and a magnetically-receptive structure is mounted on the second side portion of the perimeter edge face of the base member. The magnetically-active structure of the first side portion of a first one of the pad sections is magnetically couplable to the magnetically-receptive structure of the second side portion of a second one of the pad sections for removably holding the first and second pad sections in an adjacent condition.

Inventors: Berger; David (Indianapolis, IN)

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International Classification: A47G 11/00 (20060101); A47B 13/08 (20060101); B32B 3/06 (20060101); B32B 003/06 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017