Title:
Trifold solar panel
United States Patent D751498
Inventors:
Munshi, Naseem A. (Lafayette, CO, US)
Reavis, Mark (Berthoud, CO, US)
Richardson, Doug (Westminster, CO, US)
Taylor, Robert (Lafayette, CO, US)
Tupper, Michael L. (Lafayette, CO, US)
Turse, Dana (Broomfield, CO, US)
Fabian, Paul (Broomfield, CO, US)
Hafner, Sam (Lafayette, CO, US)
Hipp, Patrick (Lafayette, CO, US)
Application Number:
29/504733
Publication Date:
03/15/2016
Filing Date:
10/08/2014
Assignee:
Composite Technology Development, Inc. (Lafayette, CO, US)
Primary Class:
International Classes:
(IPC1-7): 1302
Field of Search:
126/580, 126/581, 126/611, 126/621, 126/622, 126/623, 136/200, 136/243, 136/244, 136/245, 136/251, 136/256, 136/291, 438/66, 438/72, 438/80, D13/101, D13/102, D13/107, D13/184, D13/199, D14/432, D14/440
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Primary Examiner:
Holland, Derrick
Assistant Examiner:
King, Jennifer O.
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Maschoff Brennan
Claims:
CLAIM

1. The ornamental design for a trifold solar panel, as shown and described.

Description:

FIG. 1 is a front perspective view of a trifold solar panel in a partially folded configuration;

FIG. 2 is a front view of the trifold solar panel shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a back view of the trifold solar panel shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is a left side view of the trifold solar panel shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 5 is a right side view of the trifold solar panel shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 6 is a top view of the trifold solar panel shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 7 is a bottom view of the trifold solar panel shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 8 is a front perspective view of the trifold solar panel shown in FIG. 1 in a non-folded configuration;

FIG. 9 is a front view of the trifold solar panel shown in FIG. 8;

FIG. 10 is a front view of the trifold solar panel shown in FIG. 8;

FIG. 11 is a left side view of the trifold solar panel shown in FIG. 8;

FIG. 12 is a right side view of the trifold solar panel shown in FIG. 8;

FIG. 13 is a top view of the trifold solar panel shown in FIG. 8; and,

FIG. 14 is a bottom view of the trifold solar panel shown in FIG. 8.

The broken lines shown represent unclaimed subject matter and form no part of the claimed design.