Patent Number: 7,712,719

Title: Folding support stand for portable electronic devices

Abstract: The present invention provides a portable support stand for various devices such as laptop computes, tablet PCs and other electronic equipment. The stand has a tripod configuration which promotes stability of the user device. The front legs of the tripod may be adjusted between compact and extended positions, and may be placed in a position relative to the rear leg anywhere from 0.degree. in a fully closed position to approximately 180.degree. in a fully open position. Audible indicators are used with overall stand adjustment and with adjustment of stoppers at the ends of the front legs. Adjustment of the front legs relative to the rear leg employs a pivot section, including a finger disc spring, an adjustment actuator and an engagement member between the spring and the actuator. The engagement member includes projections or dimples which engage receptacles on an engagement member to secure the stand in a desired arrangement.

Inventors: Derry; Bradley A. (Easton, PA), Altonji; Robert (Quakertown, PA), Oddsen, Jr.; Odd N. (Easton, PA)

Assignee: Innovative Office Products, Inc.

International Classification: A47B 95/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/11/12018