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Publication numberUSRE43408 E1
Publication typeGrant
Application numberUS 29/267,220
Publication dateMay 29, 2012
Filing dateAug 11, 2006
Priority dateFeb 7, 2003
Also published asUSD501768
Publication number267220, 29267220, US RE43408 E1, US RE43408E1, US-E1-RE43408, USRE43408 E1, USRE43408E1
InventorsBruce Dexter, Barry Buchanan, Gary Cromer
Original AssigneeApex Brands, Inc.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Laser etched socket
US RE43408 E1
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Claims(1)
  1. The ornamental design of a laser etched socket, illustrated substantially as shown and described.
Description

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a laser etched socket embodying the design of the present invention, whereby the size indicia is defined by etching away a surface layer surrounding the size indicia so that the size indicia is distinguishable from the surrounding etched area;

FIG. 2 is a front elevational view of the laser etched socket illustrated in FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a rear elevational view of the laser etched socket illustrated in FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is a right side elevational view of the laser etched socket illustrated in FIG. 1;

FIG. 5 is a left side elevational view of the laser etched socket illustrated in FIG. 1;

FIG. 6 is a top view of the laser etched socket illustrated in FIG. 1; and,

FIG. 7 is a bottom view of the laser etched socket illustrated in FIG. 1.

The broken lines are for illustrative purposes and form no part of the claim.

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Reference
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Classifications
U.S. ClassificationD08/29
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
May 17, 2013ASAssignment
Owner name: BARCLAYS BANK PLC, NEW YORK
Effective date: 20130201
Free format text: GRANT OF SECURITY INTEREST IN UNITED STATES COLLATERAL;ASSIGNOR:APEX BRANDS, INC.;REEL/FRAME:030441/0401
Nov 3, 2011ASAssignment
Free format text: NUNC PRO TUNC ASSIGNMENT;ASSIGNOR:EASCO HAND TOOLS, INC.;REEL/FRAME:027166/0832
Effective date: 20111103
Owner name: APEX BRANDS, INC., MARYLAND
Aug 11, 2006ASAssignment
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:DEXTER, BRUCE;BUCHANAN, BARRY;CROMER, GARY;SIGNING DATESFROM 19960812 TO 20030821;REEL/FRAME:019840/0086
Owner name: HAND TOOL DESIGN CORPORATION, DELAWARE
Effective date: 20050224
Owner name: EASCO HAND TOOLS, INC., CONNECTICUT
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:HAND TOOL DESIGN CORPORATION;REEL/FRAME:019840/0105