Collapsible shade structure

  • US 7,140,376 B2
  • Filed: 08/23/2005
  • Issued: 11/28/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/24/1991
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. An object, comprising:

  • a first panel and a second panel, each panel having a frame member that has a folded and an unfolded orientation, and a material covering its corresponding frame member when the corresponding frame member is in the unfolded orientation, wherein each frame member is collapsible to the folded orientation by twisting and folding to form a plurality of concentric rings to substantially reduce the size of the folded frame member in the folded orientation; and

    a rod structure coupled to the first and second panels to maintain the first and second panels in a spaced-apart relationship between each other.

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