Retractable shade with collapsible vanes

  • US 20050155722A1
  • Filed: 03/11/2005
  • Published: 07/21/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/20/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A panel for use in a covering for architectural openings moveable between open and closed positions comprising in combination:

  • a set of parallel lift elements, a set of parallel operating elements disposed in substantially the same plane as the lift elements, at least one strip of material having first and second parallel edges, said first edge of each strip being secured to said lift elements and said second edge to said operating elements such that movement of said operating elements in a first direction relative to said lift elements causes the strip to be in a substantially flat closed position and substantially in the same plane as said lift and operating elements, and movement of said operating elements in an opposite direction relative to said lift elements causes said second edge of said strip to be moved toward said first edge in an open position.

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