US20040004172A1 - Accessory mounting bracket - Google Patents

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US20040004172A1
US20040004172A1 US10/441,688 US44168803A US2004004172A1 US 20040004172 A1 US20040004172 A1 US 20040004172A1 US 44168803 A US44168803 A US 44168803A US 2004004172 A1 US2004004172 A1 US 2004004172A1
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A bracket system and method for bracketing accessories is disclosed that does not mar the exterior of the structure to which an accessory is to be attached. In one embodiment an accessory mounting system is disclosed having a first and second bracket, each bracket having an accessory attaching end and an opposite end adapted for engaging a corresponding joint defined by two abutting structures. Accessories are mounted according to this system when the brackets are placed within their corresponding joints without the aid of screws or like attachment mechanisms and an accessory is attached therebetween resulting in the brackets becoming press-fit in place. Methods for creating and utilizing this invention are also provided.

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    CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION
  • This application is a continuation of patent application Ser. No. 09/849,293, filed May 4, 2001.[0001]
  • FIELD OF THE INVENTION
  • The invention relates to accessory brackets. More specifically, this invention relates to the bracketing of after-market accessories in motor vehicles. [0002]
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • After market accessories play a large role in commerce. As technological advancements allow manufacturers to miniaturize once bulky items, these items are being used in places as accessories never contemplated by designers of homes, offices, vehicles and other spaces. As industry attempts to attach or bracket after market accessories within these spaces it has become apparent that the bracketed accessory should appear as though it was installed during manufacturing. Also, because the accessory to be attached may change itself, and the bracketing thereof with it, the bracket must not permanently disfigure the space to be accessorized because it will, in all likelihood, eventually need to be removed. Nowhere is the need for these types of brackets more prevalent than the motor vehicle industry. [0003]
  • With the advent of molded plastics and panels, modern motor vehicle cab areas changed drastically from their initial tandem steel construction. To enhance the comfort and the convenience of the passenger and driver, the dashboards and consoles in these motor vehicles are now commonly padded or made of soft plastics, and typically have smooth lines extending the width and length of the dashboard giving somewhat of a cockpit feel to the driver and passenger compartment of motor vehicles. Also, for the ease of maintenance these dashboards are constructed in sections. These sections are flush with one another and typically have panels that allow for the maintenance of wires and cables behind the dashboard without removing the entire dashboard. [0004]
  • However, even with the plethora of display information typically included in modern dashboards and instrument panels, many after-market accessories exist that provide additional information and/or capabilities beyond those provided by the vehicle manufacturer. Such after-market accessories may include, for example, CB radios, cellular phones, audio/visual and other entertainment equipment. Vehicle information display accessories such as that described in U.S. Pat. No. 5,303,163, the disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference, is yet another example of such after-market accessories. [0005]
  • The clean lines of the modern dashboard are disturbed when such accessories are bracketed thereto using known bracketing systems. Moreover, those leasing vehicles are typically unable to bracket after-market accessories to their vehicles in many cases because this would require drilling holes in the dashboard to attach brackets thereto or otherwise mutilating the dashboard in such a fashion that once the bracket is removed it would be evident that there was an item bracketed there prior. [0006]
  • Accessory mounting bracket designs and manufacturers have recognized a need for mounting brackets that do not require drilling holes into, or otherwise mutilating, the vehicle dashboard and/or console. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 4,094,486 to Sunderlin discloses a bracketing device for securing after-market accessories to the lower lip of a dashboard. The Sunderlin device includes a U-shaped device clamped to, and extending downwardly or upwardly from, the lip of a dashboard wherein the U-shaped device is configured to support an accessory. However, the lip protrusions relied on by Sunderlin are not present in the many modern dashboards. Rather, modern dashboards typically include molded plastic extending smoothly to the front window of the vehicle, and extending downwardly in an uninterrupted or rounded fashion. [0007]
  • As another example, U.S. Pat. No. 5,230,495 to Brackus discloses a bracket configured for attachment to the upper or lower trim plate of the vehicular dashboard center column console using existing mounting locations. More specifically, the Brackus accessory bracket is designed to conform to an existing trim plate mounting area with through holes configured for alignment with existing trim plate fixation points. To utilize the Brackus device, one must remove an existing trim plate, place the bracket over the trim plate mounting area, replace the trim plate over the bracket, and then utilize the screws of the trim plate to attach the combination to the dashboard. Like the Sunderlin device, the Brackus device is problematic in that modern dashboards typically do not include trim plates of the type relied upon by this reference. [0008]
  • What is needed is a vehicle accessory mounting bracket that can be easily attached to, and/or removed from, a modern vehicle dashboard, without drilling holes into, or otherwise mutilating the dashboard. Ideally, such a mounting bracket should be flexible enough to secure any of a number of different configurations of vehicle accessories to the vehicle dashboard, and to leave no indication that such a bracket was mounted once it is removed. [0009]
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • The foregoing shortcomings of known prior art accessory mounting brackets are addressed by the present invention. In accordance with one aspect of the present invention, an accessory mounting system comprises first and second brackets, each defining respective accessory attaching ends and opposite ends adapted for engaging each bracket's respective joint created by respective abutting structures. [0010]
  • Another embodiment of the present invention provides an accessory mounting system for use in a single joint defined by the same abutting structures. [0011]
  • According to another aspect of the present invention, a method for bracketing accessories to a dashboard console comprises providing first and second brackets, each defining respective accessory attaching ends and opposite ends adapted for engaging each bracket's respective joint created by respective abutting structures, inserting the opposite end of each bracket within their respective joint and attaching an accessory therebetween causing the brackets to become press-fit in place. [0012]
  • One object of the present invention is to provide a bracket for attaching after-market accessories that conveys the look and feel of factory-attached equipment. [0013]
  • Another object of the present invention is to provide for the mounting of after-market accessories to a vehicle dashboard or console without damaging the dashboard or console. [0014]
  • These and other objects of the present invention will become more apparent from the following description of the preferred embodiment. [0015]
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  • FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a sectional dashboard showing a sectional panel partially removed. [0016]
  • FIG. 2 is a front elevational view of a vehicle dashboard having an after-market accessory mounted thereto, in accordance with the present invention. [0017]
  • FIG. 3A is a cross-sectional view of the bracket of the present invention and an accessory to be attached taken along section lines [0018] 3-3 of FIG. 2.
  • FIG. 3B is another conformation of the bracket of the present invention taken along section lines [0019] 3-3 of FIG. 2.
  • FIG. 3C is still another conformation of the bracket of the present invention taken along section lines [0020] 3-3 of FIG. 2.
  • FIG. 4A is still another conformation of the bracket of the present invention taken along section lines [0021] 3-3 of FIG. 2.
  • FIG. 48 is another embodiment of the bracket of the present invention taken along section lines [0022] 3-3 of FIG. 2.
  • FIG. 4C is still another embodiment of the bracket of the present invention taken along section lines [0023] 3-3 of FIG. 2.
  • FIG. 5 is a conformation of the single bracket embodiment of the present invention taken along section lines [0024] 3-3 of FIG. 2.
  • FIG. 6 is still another conformation of the single bracket embodiment of the present invention taken along section lines [0025] 3-3 of FIG. 2.
  • DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
  • For the purposes of promoting an understanding of the principles of the invention, reference will now be made to the embodiments illustrated in the drawings and specific language will be used to describe the same. It will nevertheless be understood that no limitation of the scope of the invention is thereby intended, such alterations and further modifications in the illustrated devices, and such further applications of the principles of the invention as illustrated therein being contemplated as would normally occur to one skilled in the art to which the invention relates. [0026]
  • Referring now to FIG. 1, a molded vehicle dashboard [0027] 10 is depicted wherein dashboard 10 has a removable panel 12. As illustrated in FIG. 1, panel 12 is partially removed. For simplicity and the purposes of illustration, dashboard 10, as depicted in FIG. 1, has three components: two abutting structures 20 and panel 12. This is not an illustration of any specific dashboard. FIG. 1 is illustrative for the purposes of depicting an example dashboard 10 having removable panel 12. When affixed, panel 12 will be adjacent to, or butt up against, abutting structures 20. These abutting structures can be other panels, the dashboard itself or, in the case of motor vehicles, another interior portion of the cab of the motor vehicle. It is contemplated that an abutting structure is any structure that abuts panel 12 when panel 12 is in its affixed position. With respect to modern motor vehicle dashboards and operator compartments, dashboard 10, panel 12 and abutting structures 20 are typically constructed of metal, plastic or other rigid core surrounded by a softer, or padded outer material which is typically foam, soft plastic or pliable material.
  • The surface at which abutting structure [0028] 20 butts up against, or is proximate to, panel 12 in its affixed position is depicted in FIG. 1 as joint abutting surfaces 14. In this partially removed configuration joint abutting surfaces 14 are exposed.
  • Panel [0029] 12 is typically positioned in the affixed configuration at attachment points 16 and 17 of dashboard 10 and attachment point 18 and 19 of panel 12 with screws, clips or other affixing means known by those skilled in the art. Regardless of the means chosen for affixing panel 12, there remains a method of removal and replacement in order for instrument cables and wires behind panel 12 to be accessed for repair if necessary. In the affixed configuration, panel 12 appears to be in continuous alignment with adjacent structure 20. This continuous alignment gives the dashboard of the motor vehicle a modern appearance while still allowing a mechanic or repair person to access wires and/or cables from the front of dashboard 10 by removing panel 12.
  • In keeping with the motor vehicle dashboard illustration of FIG. 1, by necessity panel [0030] 12 is affixed to dashboard 10 at the upper 18 and lower 19 portions. By affixing panel 12 to dashboard 10 at these portions while maintaining the smooth lines of the modern dashboard, removal of panel 12 typically begins by detaching lower portion 19. Once lower portion 19 is detached, upper portion 18 is exposed and can then be detached from dashboard 10. This in turn completely detaches panel 12 of the typical dashboard 10. Because panel 12 is typically affixed to dashboard 10 at upper portion 18 and lower portion 19, abutting surfaces 14 are free from attaching portions, or, to a certain extent, can be characterized as void.
  • Referring now to FIG. 2, an elevational view of dashboard [0031] 10 is depicted. In this depiction dashboard 10 has a driver's side section 22, a passenger's side section 25 and a center section 23. One cross-sectional view is taken from FIG. 2, cross-sectional view 3-3. Different embodiments of cross-sectional view 3-3 are depicted in FIGS. 3-5. As is further illustrated in FIG. 2, when panel 12 is in its affixed position, abutting surfaces 14 of abutting structures 12 and 20 form joints 39. Brackets 41 are shown in alignment with joints 39. In this configuration brackets 41 are depicted bracketing accessory 28 to dashboard 10. Cross-sectional view 3-3 is taken through joints 39, brackets 41, panel 12 and accessory 28 to fairly depict, in FIGS. 3-5 some of the embodiments of the present invention.
  • Referring now to FIG. 3A, joints [0032] 39 are more clearly depicted with panel 12 shown in its affixed position. Joint 39 is defined by the void that is created between abutting structures 20 and panel 12, when panel 12 is in this affixed position. This void, and therefore joint 39, may have a myriad of different shapes depending on the construction is of the dashboard itself, which is dictated by the motor vehicle manufacturer. FIGS. 3-5 demonstrate a few of the possible configurations of joint 39. These illustrations are not exhaustive but are meant to enable a person to practice the art of the present invention.
  • This shape of joint [0033] 39 is complimentary to the shape of the joint engaging end 40 of bracket 41 of the present invention. As is depicted in FIG. 3A, panel 12 may have an edge extension 30. Edge extension 30 further defines joint 39. It follows that as edge extension 30 further defines joint 39, joint engaging end 40 which compliments the definition of joint 39 is further defined. FIGS. 3-5 illustrate some of the many embodiments that joint engaging end 40 may take in light of the various conformations of joint 39.
  • FIG. 3A depicts a preferred multi-bracket embodiment of the present invention. Bracket [0034] 41 has joint engaging end 40, accessory attaching end 36 and means for accessory attachment 34. Bracket 41 can be manufactured of any substantially rigid material such as aluminum, stainless steel, cast iron or rigid high density polyethylene or the like. Those skilled in the art will recognize other materials suitable for use in forming bracket 41, and such other materials are intended to fall within the scope of the present invention. Joint engaging end 40, in this embodiment conforms to the void of 1o joint 39 and substantially conforms to the exterior of extension 30 of panel 12. It is preferred that joint engaging end 40 of bracket 41 is in substantially rigid connection with accessory attaching end 36. Accessory attaching end 36 preferably extends outwardly from panel 12 a sufficient distance to allow for attachment of accessory 28.
  • As represented in this preferred embodiment, accessory attaching end [0035] 36 is integrated with joint engaging end 40. Preferably, this integration causes the movement of accessory attaching end 36 to move joint engaging end 40 in a predictable manner. Accessory 28 is attached to brackets 41 at accessory attachment 34. It is contemplated that accessory attachment 34 may take many forms. These forms may include, but are not limited to, screw devices, hooks and loops, clips, and the like. Those skilled in the art will recognize other accessory attachment mechanisms for use with the present invention, and such other attachment mechanisms are intended to fall within the scope of the present invention. Accessory 28 is any after market accessory suitable for installation.
  • In this preferred embodiment, panel [0036] 12 is removed to expose joint abutting surfaces 14. Joint engaging end 40 of bracket 41 are placed in conformance with joints 39 and panel 12 is returned to the affixed position. Without attaching accessory 28, opposing brackets 41 may be fixedly trapped in place merely through the pressure applied by affixing panel 12. Regardless, as depicted in FIGS. 3-5, the unobstructed brackets 41 may be moved along the vertical plane within joint 39. It is contemplated that brackets 41 may be inserted within a joint 39 that extends along a horizontal plane. To lock brackets 41 in place, accessory 28 is attached. Upon attachment of accessory 28, joint engaging ends 40 become press-fit in place between abutting surfaces 14.
  • In another preferred embodiment, the attachment of accessory [0037] 28 causes accessory attaching ends 36 of brackets 41 to move in opposition to one another, or apart. This movement of accessory attaching ends 36 has a predictable effect upon integrated joint engaging ends 40 of brackets 41. Brackets 41 essentially pivots at the point where joint engaging ends 40 substantially conform to extensions 30. In this preferred embodiment, because accessory attaching ends 36 are being spread apart, bracket 41 will pivot in a direction that is away from accessory 28. The pivot of both brackets 41 away from accessory 28 upon attachment results from brackets 41 being spread apart at accessory attaching ends 36. In this preferred embodiment, accessory attaching ends 36, upon attachment of accessory 28, are a greater distance apart than joint engaging ends 40. The pivot upon extension 30 by joint engaging ends 40 locks brackets 41 in place by press-fitting joint engaging ends 40 within joints 39.
  • To enhance the press-fit of brackets [0038] 41, it is contemplated that the joint engaging ends 40 may define grip enhancing surfaces to prevent displacement along joints 39. In one embodiment, for example, joint engaging ends 40 may define knurled surfaces. Alternatively, joint engaging ends 40 may define protrusions along their surfaces, wherein such protrusions are configured to dig into or otherwise grip at least one of the abutting surfaces defining joint 39. Alternatively still, joint engaging ends 40 may include rubber, foam or similar material adhered thereto to provide a highly frictional surface for engagement with joints 39. Those skilled in the art will recognize other mechanisms and/or materials for enhancing the ability of joint engaging ends 40 to engage joints 39 and inhibit displacement there along, and such other mechanisms and/or materials are intended to fall within the scope of the present invention. In any case, once press-fit in place, accessory 28 is attached to dashboard 10. As an alternative-to spreading brackets 41 apart, another embodiment of the present invention contemplates the attachment of accessory 28 by moving brackets 41 toward one another wherein panel 12 is trapped therebetween and brackets 41 are press-fit in place, thereby attaching accessory 28 to dashboard 10.
  • FIGS. 3 and 4 depict some of the multiple bracket embodiments of the present invention. These figures also depict some of the multiple conformations of joint engaging end [0039] 40 of bracket 41. The multiple bracket embodiment of the present invention utilizes multiple brackets 41 with joint engaging ends 40 to attach accessories 28. Brackets 41 can be used as shown in FIGS. 3 and 4 to attach accessories between two joints 39. Accessories may also be bracketed between two brackets 41, wherein each bracket utilizes the same joint 39. The alignment of and use of multiple brackets will be obvious to those having ordinary skill in the art.
  • Referring now to FIG. 3B, the conformation of joint engaging end [0040] 40 where abutting structure 20 has edge extension 30 and panel 12 has edge extension 30 is illustrated. Here, joint engaging end 40 conforms to joint 39, and to the surface of extension 30. This embodiment of the present invention may include the attachment of accessory 28 that press-fits brackets 41 in place by spreading brackets 41 apart or pulling brackets 41 together. The embodiment that spreads bracket 41 apart to press-fit brackets 41 in place in this configuration is preferred to that which pulls brackets 41 toward one another.
  • Referring now to FIG. 3C, an embodiment of the present invention is illustrated wherein panels [0041] 12 are placed at either edge of abutting structure 20. In this embodiment, joint engaging ends 40 conform to joints 39 and edge extensions 30. This embodiment, while not necessary for this conformation, illustrates the use of tine 32. Tine 32 can be used with any embodiment of the present invention. In the preferred embodiment, tine 32 is an extension of material from the end of joint engaging end 40. Tine 32 in its preferred embodiment is of a size that would hold bracket 41 in close proximity to extension 30 of which joint engaging end 40 conforms. It is contemplated that tine 32 will simplify installation by allowing an installer of the present invention to clip brackets 41 to panel 12 prior to affixing panel 12. By being able to clip brackets 41 to panel 12, brackets 41 will not move freely in joints 39 prior to being press-fit in place upon attachment of accessory 28. Therefore, tine 32 can be made of a myriad of materials: metal, plastic or rubber may be utilized as well as other materials known by those having ordinary skill in the art.
  • Referring now to FIG. 4, FIGS. [0042] 4A-C demonstrate three alternative embodiments of the present invention. These figures demonstrate the differing embodiments of accessory attaching end 36 of bracket 41 in relation to joint engaging end 40. Referring now to FIG. 4A, accessory attaching end 36 of brackets 41 extend a distance greater than the distance between joints 39 when brackets 41 are aligned in this conformation. As stated above, in its preferred embodiment, accessory 28 when attached to accessory attaching ends 36 will spread brackets 41 apart while leaving joint engaging ends 40 in substantially the same place. This results in brackets 41 being press-fit in place. It is contemplated, in another embodiment of the present invention, that the attachment of accessory 28 to brackets 41 will result in brackets 41 being drawn towards one another and thereby fixedly trapping panel 12 therebetween. It is also contemplated that this would result in brackets 41 and accessory 28 being press-fit in place and attached to dashboard 10.
  • Referring now to FIGS. 4B and 4C, accessory attaching ends [0043] 36 that are substantially farther apart than joints 39 are depicted. FIG. 4B illustrates accessory attaching end 36 in use with joint engaging end 40 conformations that can press-fit brackets 41 in place by either fixedly trapping panel 12 or spreading brackets 41 apart, and thereby affixing accessory 28. In FIG. 4C, in a preferred embodiment, brackets 41 would be drawn toward one another, thereby allowing joint engaging ends 40 to pivot on extensions 30 and press-fit brackets 41 in joints 39 between panels 12 and abutting structures 20. Of course, in another embodiment, by spreading brackets 41 apart, brackets 41 can be press-fit in place through the application of force to panels 12.
  • Referring now to FIG. 5, an embodiment of the present invention that can be utilized with a single joint engaging end is illustrated. This embodiment of the present invention utilizes a single joint between abutting structure [0044] 20 and panel 12 to attach accessory 28. Bracket 41 has, in its preferred embodiment, two components: joint engaging ends 40 and accessory attaching ends 36. Bracket 41 is a substantially rigid structure made of metal, hardened plastic or like material known to those having ordinary skill in the art. For example, the metal may be stainless steel, cast iron, aluminum or other like metals. Joint engaging ends 40 are attached at attachment 52. In a preferred embodiment, attachment 52 for attaching joint engaging ends 40 keeps the two joint engaging ends 40 attached at, at least, one point while allowing joint engaging ends 40 to be spread apart. Attachment 52 for performing this function include, but cannot be limited to, a hinge or equivalent structure. Attachment 52 diverts joint engaging ends 40 into two parts, a first part and a second part. Joint engaging ends 40 are rigidly attached to accessory attaching ends 36. Accessory attaching ends 36 attach to accessory 28 at attachment point 34. Accessory 28 can be attached to attaching ends 36 in several ways, including but not limited to screw-type devices, hooks and loops or clips.
  • FIG. 5 illustrates a single joint bracket in its press-fit position. To install the bracket and thereby the accessory according to this embodiment, panel [0045] 12 is preferably removed and joint engaging ends 40 of the present embodiment are placed in joint 39 between panel 12 and abutting structure 20. Panel 12 is replaced thereby holding bracket 41 in place prior to installation of accessory 28. Accessory 28 is affixed to accessory attaching ends 36 at attachment point 34. Upon affixing accessory 28 to accessory attaching ends 36, joint engaging ends 40 are spread apart or widened from their initial position. Upon widening, joint engaging ends 40 consume the space in joint 39 and become press-fit in place in joint 39. Once press-fit in place, accessory 28 is attached to dashboard 10 without damaging dashboard 10 with screw devices or clamping devices. It is contemplated that joint engaging end attachment means 52 can be utilized in a manner that would cause joint engaging end 40 to be press-fit in place when accessory attaching ends 36 are drawn together upon attachment of accessory 28.
  • Referring now to FIG. 6, another embodiment of the present invention that can be utilized with a single joint engaging end is illustrated. For purposes of illustration and in order to enable those having ordinary skill in the art, this embodiment of the present invention utilizes a single joint between abutting structures [0046] 20 to attach accessory 28. It is contemplated that this embodiment may be utilized between abutting structure 20 and a removable panel as illustrated in FIG. 5.
  • Bracket [0047] 41 of this embodiment has, in its preferred embodiment, two components: joint engaging ends 40 and accessory attaching ends 36. Bracket 41 is preferably a substantially rigid structure as described hereinabove, and joint engaging ends 40 are attached at attachment point 52. In a preferred embodiment, attachment point 52 for attaching joint engaging ends 40 keeps the two joint engaging ends 40 attached to each other while also allowing joint engaging ends 40 to be spread apart. Attachment point 52 for performing this function may include, but is not limited to, a hinge or equivalent structure.
  • In one embodiment attachment point [0048] 52 may be a coiled structure integrated with joint engaging ends 40. In this embodiment attachment point 52, in a spring like conformation, exerts an outward force upon joint engaging ends 40 that causes them to move away from each other and toward abutting structures 20. In this embodiment, joint engaging ends 40 are pressed inwardly toward each other and then fed into joint 39. When released, joint engaging ends 40 spread outwardly under the force of spring 52 and form a press-fit with joint 39.
  • In an alternate embodiment, attachment point [0049] 52 acts as a hinge to convey the force of attaching the accessory attaching ends 36 of bracket 41 to accessory 28 to the joint engaging ends 40. In one implementation of this embodiment, the attachment of the accessory attachment ends 36 of bracket 41 to accessory 28 causes accessory attaching ends 36 to spread apart. In this implementation, the spreading apart of accessory attaching ends 36 causes joint engaging ends 40 to likewise spread apart. The force required to spread apart accessory attaching ends 36 for attachment to accessory 28 is conveyed through the hinge structure 52 to joint engaging ends 40 to facilitate the press-fit of the joint engaging ends 40 within joint 39. In an alternate implementation of this embodiment, the attachment of the accessory attachment ends 36 of bracket 41 to accessory 28 causes the accessory attaching ends to be forced inwardly toward each other. In this implementation, the inward travel of accessory attaching ends 36 toward each other causes joint engaging ends 40 to spread apart. The inward force required to attach accessory attaching ends 36 to accessory 28 is conveyed through the hinge structure 52 to act as an outward force on joint engaging ends 40 to thereby facilitate the press-fit of the joint engaging ends 40 within joint 39. In any case, the joint engaging ends 40 of the bracket 41 illustrated in FIG. 6 may be modified with grip-enhancing surfaces, as described hereinabove, to further enhance the press-fit of joint engaging ends 40 with joint 39.
  • A method for bracketing accessories is also provided. The method provides for the creation of a bracket having a joint engaging end with complimentary form to that of the void of the joint created by abutting structures. In a preferred embodiment, the method of the present invention is designed for attaching accessories to the dashboard of motor vehicles. With respect to motor vehicles, the joint engaging end constructed should have complimentary shape to the joint created between panels and abutting sections of the dashboard. This shape, once constructed, should allow the joint engaging end to be placed within the joint when a panel is removed. Once a panel is returned to its affixed position, the joint engaging end member will be fixedly trapped within the joint. [0050]
  • The method is completed by attaching an accessory to the bracket, wherein the attachment causes the bracket to become press-fit in place. Attaching an accessory to the bracket causes the bracket to be press-fit in place by widening or thinning the distance between joint engaging ends. In the single joint attachment embodiment, the bracket method can include joint engaging ends that expand or widen within the joint to press-fit the bracket and thereby the accessory in place. [0051]
  • It should now be apparent that the bracket of the present invention is flexible enough to be used to secure after-market accessories without leaving any indication a bracket was present upon its removal. This bracket is particularly suited for the attachment of after-market accessories such as that described in U.S. Pat. No. 5,303,163 assigned to the assignee of the present invention. It is also suited for the attachment of after-market devices like CB radios, CD players, cellular phones, audio visual equipment and other after market accessories known in the art. It should be understood that the bracket of the present invention is not limited to use only in motor vehicles, and those skilled in the art will recognize other uses in which attachment of accessories is desired without permanently damaging the mounting surface while maintaining an aesthetically pleasing appearance. [0052]
  • While the invention has been illustrated and described in detail in the drawings and foregoing description, the same is to be considered illustrative and not restrictive in character, it being understood that only the preferred embodiment has been shown and described, and that all changes and modifications that come within the spirit of the invention are desired to be protected. [0053]

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What is claimed is:
1. An accessory mounting system, comprising:
a first bracket defining an accessory attaching end and an opposite end adapted for engaging a first joint created by first abutting structures;
a second bracket defining an accessory attaching end and an opposite end adapted for engaging a second joint created by second abutting structures;
wherein a portion of said first bracket between said attaching end and said opposite end thereof forms a press-fit with said abutting structures defining said first joint and a portion of said second bracket between said attaching end and said opposite end thereof forms a press-fit with said abutting structures defining said second joint when accessory attaching ends of said first and said second brackets are attached to an accessory to thereby fixedly position said accessory at a desired position relative to said abutting structures.
2. The accessory mounting system of claim 1 wherein said portion of said first bracket between said attaching end and said opposite end thereof, and said portion of said second bracket between said attaching end and said opposite end thereof each define a knurled surface.
3. The accessory mounting system of claim 1 wherein said first abutting structures and said second abutting structures define a common joint, said first and second bracket opposite ends adapted for engaging said joint.
4. The accessory mounting system of claim 1 further including means for attaching said accessory to said accessory attaching ends of said first and second brackets
5. The accessory mounting system of claim 1 wherein said opposite end of first bracket and said opposite end of second bracket are each configured to engage at least one of said first or second abutting structures.
6. The accessory mounting system of claim 4 wherein said means for attaching said accessory to said accessory attaching ends of said first and second brackets includes a pair of screw devices.
7. The accessory mounting system of claim 1 wherein said opposite end of said first bracket and said opposite end of said second bracket are each configured for their attachment to either of said first or second abutting structures.
8. The accessory mounting system of claim 1 wherein said first and second abutting structures are defined by a motor vehicle dashboard.
9. The accessory mounting system of claim 1 wherein a first distance between said attaching ends of said first and second brackets when said opposite ends of said first bracket engaged with first abutting structures and said second bracket is engaged with second abutting structure is not equal to a second distance between accessory attaching points on said accessory configured to receive said attaching ends of said first and second brackets; and
wherein said first bracket portion and said second bracket portion form a press-fit with said abutting structures when said attaching ends of said first and second brackets are attached to corresponding ones of accessory attachment points.
10. An accessory mounting system comprising:
a first pair of abutting structures defining a first joint therebetween;
a second pair of abutting structures defining a second joint therebetween;
a first bracket defining a joint engaging end and an opposite end adapted for engaging an accessory;
a second bracket defining a joint engaging end and an opposite end adapted for engaging said accessory;
wherein said joint engaging end of said first bracket is configured to extend through said first joint and engage at least one of said first pair of abutting structures and said joint engaging end of said second bracket is configured to extend through said second joint and engage at least one of said second pair of abutting structures.
11. The accessory mounting system of claim 11 wherein at least one of said first pair of abutting structures is a first removable structure and at least one of said second pair of abutting structures is a second removable structure.
12. The accessory mounting system of claim 12 wherein said first and second removable structure forms a common removable structure.
13. The accessory mounting system of claim 11 wherein upon attachment of said accessory-said first opposite end is press-fit to said edge of said first removable structure and second opposite end is press-fit to said edge of said second removable structure, a portion of said first bracket between said opposite end and accessory end is press-fit to at least one of said first abutting structures of said first joint and a portion of said second bracket between said opposite end and accessory end is press-fit to at least one of said second abutting structures of said of said second joint.
14. The accessory mounting system of claim 11 wherein said first and said second opposite ends have means for hooking said edge of said first and second removable structures.
15. A method for bracketing accessories comprising:
providing a first bracket defining an accessory attaching end and an opposite end adapted for engaging a first joint created by first abutting structures;
providing a second bracket defining an accessory attaching end and an opposite end adapted for engaging a second joint created by second abutting structures;
inserting said opposite end of said first bracket within said first joint;
inserting said opposite end of said second bracket within said second joint;
attaching said accessory attaching end of said first bracket to an accessory; and
attaching said accessory attaching end of said second bracket to said accessory, said opposite end thereof forming a press-fit with at least one of said first abutting structures defining said first joint and a portion of said second bracket between said attaching end and said opposite end thereof forming a press-fit with at least one of said second abutting structures defining said second joint to thereby fixedly position said accessory at a desired position relative to said abutting structures.
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