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INVENTION TITLE  

Directional, Side-of-Pathway Specific, Reflective Marker

DESCRIPTION       

[Para 1]   In view of the limitations now present in the prior art, the present invention provides a new and useful directional, side-of-pathway specific, reflective marker which is simpler in construction, more universally usable and more versatile in operation than known apparatus of this kind.

 

[Para 2]   The purpose of the present invention is to provide a new directional, side-of-pathway specific, reflective marker device that has many novel features not offered by the prior art apparatus that result in a new directional, side-of-pathway specific, reflective marker device which is not apparent, obvious, or suggested, either directly or indirectly by any of the prior art apparatus.

 

[Para 3]   The present invention provides a reflective marker such as is used to delineate the location of a road, driveway or similar pathway. A reflective marker according to the invention comprises a support post and a head fastened to the support post. The head takes one of two possible forms: markers intended to indicate the left side of an inbound pathway shall be in the shape of a square, florescent green in color, with a border of white or silver reflective tape or similar reflective material for reflecting incident light directed generally perpendicular to the face of the marker; markers intended to indicate the right side of an inbound pathway shall be in the shape of an equilateral triangle, florescent orange in color, with a border of white or silver reflective tape or similar reflective material for reflecting incident light directed generally perpendicular to the face of the marker.   Each marker head assembly consists of identical color/shape faces on 180 degree opposing faces.  Therefore, where the left side of an INBOUND pathway is marked by the square/green head configuration, the opposing face of the same assembly consequently marks the right side of the same OUTBOUND pathway.  Similarly, where the right side of an INBOUND pathway is marked by the triangular/orange head configuration, the opposing face of the same assembly consequently marks the left side of the same OUTBOUND pathway.
          

[Para 4]    Preferably, the reflective means comprises reflective tape or similar reflective material having a width of from about 0.5 to about 1.5 inches. In the presently most preferred embodiment of the invention, the head is constructed of a polymeric material, and the support post is constructed of fiberglass.
           

[Para 5]   The support post of the reflective marker according to the invention can then be pressed into the ground in the location desired for marking without any special tools.

 

[Para 6]   The foregoing has outlined, in general, the physical aspects of the invention and is to serve as an aid to better understanding the more complete detailed description which is to follow. In reference to such, there is to be a clear understanding that the present invention is not limited to the method or detail of construction, fabrication, material, or application of use described and illustrated herein. Any other variation of fabrication, use, or application should be considered apparent as an alternative embodiment of the present invention.

 

[Para 7]   The foregoing and other features of the invention are hereinafter more fully described and particularly pointed out in the claims, the following description setting forth in detail certain illustrative embodiments of the invention, these being indicative, however, of but a few of the various ways in which the principles of the present invention may be employed.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a portion of the two variations of a reflective marker according to the invention.
FIG. 2 is a front view of that portion of the two variations of a reflective marker shown in FIG. 1.
FIG. 3 is a side view of that portion of the two variations of a reflective marker shown in FIG. 1.
FIG. 4 is a top view of that portion of the two variations of a reflective marker shown in FIG. 1.
FIG. 5 is an exploded perspective view of that portion of the two variations of a reflective marker shown in FIG. 1.
FIG. 6 is a rear view of the two variations of a reflective marker shown in FIG. 1.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

The present invention provides with reference to FIGS. 1 to 6, the two variations of a reflective marker 10 according to the present invention comprising a support post 20 and a head 30 fastened to the support post 20.  Reflective means 40 are disposed on the outer edge perimeter surfaces of each face portion 50 for reflecting incident light directed thereat principally at an angle perpendicular to face portion 50.
              In the preferred embodiment, the reflective means 40 comprises reflective tape or other manufacturing process resulting in a band of reflective material 40 of width generally 0.5 inches to 1.5 inches around the outer perimeter of each face surface 50.  The color of the reflective means 40 will be white or nearly white to provide maximum reflected light.  In the preferred embodiment, the head 30 is preferably about 4 inches to 8 inches in total height.
              The head 30 is preferably constructed of a polymeric material such as, for example, injection molded polypropylene.
              The support post 20 is preferably constructed of fiberglass. However, it could also be constructed of some other material such as plastic, metal or wood. The support post 20 must be strong enough to support the head and to allow for insertion into the ground. A fiberglass rod having a diameter of from about 3/8" to about 5/8" is particularly suitable for this purpose.
              The head 30 is fastened to support post 20.  With reference to FIG. 5, in the preferred embodiment of the invention, the top end 70 of support post 20 is inserted into an opening 60 on the bottom edge surface of head 30 and secured by an adhesive, thermal polymeric weld, or similar process for bonding the construction material of head 30 to the construction material of support post 20.
              In the most preferred embodiment of the invention illustrated in FIG. 6, the head 30 sits atop the support post 20. The lower end 80 of the support post 20 is fixed into the ground. The support post 20 can be of any length, but a length of from about 36" to about 60", and most preferably about 48" in length, is most preferred. This height is very effective for marking the edge of a road or driveway.
              Additional advantages and modifications will readily occur to those skilled in the art. Therefore, the invention in its broader aspects is not limited to the specific details and illustrative examples shown and described herein. Accordingly, various modifications may be made without departing from the spirit or scope of the general inventive concept as defined by the appended claims and their equivalents.

 

What is claimed is:    

[Claim 1]   A reflective marker comprising a solid head, said head having closed edge surfaces, and generally flat front and rear faces;          a support post fastened to said head; and reflective tape or similar reflective material disposed on said face portion for reflecting incident light directed thereat principally perpendicular to the planar face of either front or rear faces of said head.

[Claim 2]   The reflective marker according to claim 1 wherein said reflective tape has a width of from about 0.5 to about 1.5 inches.

[Claim 3]   The reflective marker according to claim 1 wherein said head is constructed of a polymeric material.

[Claim 4]   The reflective marker according to claim 1 wherein said support post is constructed of fiberglass and/or metal and/or a polymeric material.

[Claim 5]   The reflective marker according to claim 1 wherein said head has either of two color/shape combinations; front and rear planar surfaces of said head shall either be a florescent green square or a florescent orange equilateral triangle.

[Claim 6]   The reflective marker according to claim 1 wherein said marker is used to delineate the location of the edge of a driveway, road, and/or other pathway.

[Claim 7]   The reflective marker according to claim 1 wherein said marker is used to differentiate the left and right sides of a driveway, road, and/or other pathway by virtue of said marker's shape and color.

[Claim 8]   The reflective marker according to claim 1 wherein said marker is used to indicate proper positioning within said driveway, road, and/or other pathway by virtue of said reflective means being visible primarily at an angle perpendicular to the face of said head.

[Claim 9]   The reflective marker according to claim 1 wherein said support post further comprises a tip opposite said head that can be pressed into the ground without any special tools.

 

 

ABSTRACT                 

 

[Para 8]   The present invention provides a reflective marker such as is used to delineate the location of a road, driveway or similar pathway. A reflective marker according to the invention comprises a support post and a head fastened to the support post. The head takes one of two possible forms: markers intended to indicate the left side of an inbound pathway shall be in the shape of a square, florescent green in color, with a border of white or silver reflective tape or similar reflective material for reflecting incident light directed generally perpendicular to the face of the marker; markers intended to indicate the right side of an inbound pathway shall be in the shape of an equilateral triangle, florescent orange in color, with a border of white or silver reflective tape or similar reflective material for reflecting incident light directed generally perpendicular to the face of the marker.   Each marker head assembly consists of identical color/shape faces on 180 degree opposing faces.  Therefore, where the left side of an INBOUND pathway is marked by the square/green head configuration, the opposing face of the same assembly consequently marks the right side of the same OUTBOUND pathway.  Similarly, where the right side of an INBOUND pathway is marked by the triangular/orange head configuration, the opposing face of the same assembly consequently marks the left side of the same OUTBOUND pathway.  Preferably, the reflective means comprises reflective tape or similar reflective material having a width of from about 0.5 to about 1.5 inches. In the presently most preferred embodiment of the invention, the head is constructed of a polymeric material, and the support post is constructed of fiberglass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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