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Title:
CLIPS, A CLIP SYSTEM FOR PANELS, A TRELLIS ASSEMBLY AND A TRELLIS SYSTEM
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2021/059251
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
This invention relates to a clip (20 - 30; 100 - 114) for attaching panels together, a clip system, a trellis assembly, and a trellis system. The clip (20 - 30; 100 - 114) comprises a body having a pair of end walls (116, 118) and a central web portion (120) located between the end walls (116, 118) defining a pair of channels (C1, C2, 62, 64) therebetween for receipt of parts of one or more panels therein, wherein at least one end wall (116, 118) terminates in an L-shaped end portion, or a J-shaped end portion with a free end which is shaped and/or dimensioned for location within a suitable slot (S) in one part of one of the panels, and wherein the central web portion (120) is suitably configured to space the channels (C1l, C2, 62, 64) and thus parts of the panels located in the channels (C1, C2, 62, 64) angularly from each other, in use. The panels may be trellis assemblies which resemble conventional trellis panels.

Inventors:
BROWN LEONARD CHARLES (ZA)
Application Number:
PCT/IB2020/059041
Publication Date:
April 01, 2021
Filing Date:
September 28, 2020
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
BROWN LEONARD CHARLES (ZA)
International Classes:
F16B5/06; E04B2/72; F16B5/00
Foreign References:
US5226755A1993-07-13
US4712942A1987-12-15
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
PILLAY, Vishen (ZA)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A clip for attaching panels together, wherein the clip comprises a body having a pair of end walls and a central web portion located between the end walls defining a pair of channels therebetween for receipt of parts of one or more panels therein, wherein at least one end wall terminates in an L-shaped end portion, or a J-shaped end portion with a free end which is shaped and/or dimensioned for location within a suitable slot in one part of one of the panels, and wherein the central web portion is suitably configured to space the channels and thus parts of the panels located in the channels angularly from each other, in use.

2. A clip as claimed in claim 1 , wherein the central web portion is selected to space the channels angularly between 0° or 180°, and 90° degrees relative to each other.

3. A clip as claimed in either claim 1 or 2, wherein the clip is resiliently flexible.

4. A clip as claimed in claim 3, wherein at least the end walls of the clip are resiliently flexible.

5. A clip as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the free end of the J-shaped end portion is chamfered.

6. A clip as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein each end wall terminates in a J-shaped end portion. 7. A clip as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the central web portion terminates in a pair of opposed J-shaped end portions.

8. A clip as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the body comprises a back portion, wherein the pair of end walls and the central web portion extend transversely from the back portion.

9. A clip as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the central web portion is selected from a central wall parallel to both end walls, and a central wedge angularly spacing the channels from each other.

10. A clip as claimed in claim 9, wherein the central wedge provides a relative angular spacing between the channels selected from a group of angular spacings of approximately 0° or 180°, 15°, 30°, 45°, 60°, and 90°.

11. A clip as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the clip comprises one or more internally projecting longitudinally extending locating ribs for location within suitable slots provide on one or more panels. 12. A panel system comprising: a plurality of clips, including clips of the type as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 11 ; and a plurality of panels, wherein each panel comprises a frame, and wherein the frame comprises at least one portion shaped and/or dimensioned for location in a channel of at least one clip of the panel system. 13. A panel system as claimed in claim 12, wherein the frame of each panel comprises an indentation zone for location in one of the channels of the at least one clip of the panel system.

14. A panel system as claimed in either claim 12 or 13, wherein the frame of each panel comprises one or more slots for receipt of free ends of the at least one clip of the panel system. 15. A panel system as claimed in claim 14 when dependent on claim 13, wherein the frame of each panel comprises the slots in the indentation zone.

16. A panel system as claimed in any one of claims 12 to 15, wherein panels are constructed from a synthetic material.

17. A panel system as claimed in any one of claims 12 to 16, wherein each panel is a trellis assembly comprising at least a pair of attachable planar trellis members constructed from a synthetic material, wherein the trellis members comprise major mating surfaces opposite major fagade surfaces, wherein the mating surfaces comprise engagement formations for attaching the pair of trellis members together, and wherein the fagade surfaces are formed to resemble major outer surfaces of a conventional wooden trellis panel when the pair of planar trellis members are attached.

18. A panel system as claimed in claim 17, wherein each trellis member is matched to a mating trellis member so that once attached, in use, the attached trellis members resemble a conventional wooden trellis panel. 19. A panel system as claimed in either claim 17 or claim 18, wherein the pair of trellis members comprise a first trellis member and a second trellis member, wherein the first and second trellis members have frame and fagade surfaces which resemble fagade surfaces of conventional wooden trellis panels.

20. A panel system as claimed in claim 19, wherein the first and second trellis members comprise a plurality of outer fagade members and integrally formed inner fagade members disposed between the respective frames.

21 . A panel system as claimed in claim 20, wherein the outer fagade members stand proud of the inner fagade members.

22. A panel system as claimed in either claim 20 or 21 , wherein the inner fagade members comprise the engagement formations on the mating surface thereof, wherein the mating surface is opposite the fagade surface thereof.

23. A panel system as claimed in either claim 19 or 20, wherein the engagement formations comprise frictional engagement formations thereby to enable attachment of the first and second trellis members together to form a trellis panel which may be used in a similar fashion to conventional wooden trellis panels.

24. A trellis assembly comprising at least a pair of attachable planar trellis members constructed from a synthetic material, wherein the trellis members comprise major mating surfaces opposite major fagade surfaces, wherein the mating surfaces comprise engagement formations for attaching the pair of trellis members together, and wherein the fagade surfaces are formed to resemble major outer surfaces of a conventional wooden trellis panel when the pair of planar trellis members are attached.

25. A trellis assembly as claimed in claim 24, wherein the members are constructed from a plastic material.

26. A trellis assembly as claimed in either claim 24 or 25, wherein each trellis member is matched to a mating trellis member so that once attached, in use, the attached trellis members resemble a conventional wooden trellis panel.

27. A trellis assembly as claimed in any one of claims 24 to 26, wherein the pair of trellis members comprise a first trellis member and a second trellis member, wherein the first and second trellis members have frame and fagade surfaces which resemble fagade surfaces of conventional wooden trellis panels.

28. A trellis assembly as claimed in claim 27, wherein the first and second trellis members comprise a plurality of outer fagade members and integrally formed inner fagade members disposed between the respective frames. 29. A trellis assembly as claimed in any one of claims 24 to 28, wherein the outer fagade members stand proud of the inner fagade members.

30. A trellis assembly as claimed in claim 28, wherein the inner fagade members comprise the engagement formations on the mating surface thereof, wherein the mating surface is opposite the fagade surface thereof. 31. A trellis assembly as claimed in claim 28, wherein the engagement formations comprise frictional engagement formations thereby to enable attachment of the first and second trellis members together to form a trellis panel which may be used in a similar fashion to conventional wooden trellis panels.

32. A trellis assembly as claimed in any one of claims 24 to 31 , wherein the attached trellis members together form a trellis assembly in the form of a trellis panel. 33. A trellis assembly as claimed in any one of claims 24 to 32, wherein the trellis assembly comprises an indentation zone or indented zone for attachment of a clip.

34. A trellis assembly as claimed in any one of claims 24 to 33, wherein the trellis assembly comprises one or more slots for location of an end of a clip therein.

35. A trellis assembly as claimed in claim 34, when dependent on claim 33, wherein the one or more slots are located in the indentation or indented zone of the trellis assembly. 36. A trellis system comprising: at least a pair of trellis assemblies as claimed in any one of claims 23 to 35; and one or more clips to attach at least adjacent attached trellis assemblies together to form a desired trellis structure, wherein the one or more clips include clips as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 11 .

Description:
CLIPS, A CLIP SYSTEM FOR PANELS, A TRELLIS ASSEMBLY AND A TRELLIS

SYSTEM FIELD OF INVENTION

THIS INVENTION relates to clips, clip systems for panels such a decor panels, lattice or latticework structures, particularly to trellis assemblies and trellis systems.

BACKGROUND TO THE INVENTION

Latticework structures such a trellis panels, and the like, are typically constructed from wooden members and are utilised used in many varied applications ranging from fencing to decorative applications. In particular, conventional trellis panels are attached together with conventional attachments means such as screws, bolts and nuts, or nails to form predetermined structures such as fences, suspended ceilings, gazebos, or the like.

The Applicant has noted that consumers of conventional latticework panels of the type contemplated above are partial to the appearance or “look” of panels which are constructed from wooden members. However, a problem associated with conventional latticework panels constructed from wooden members is that they are often costly and are prone to being damaged in use. The latter is especially true for outdoor applications where the latticework panels are exposed to the elements.

Though some latticework panels are moulded from resilient synthetic materials such as plastics, the Applicant has found that these moulded panels rarely resemble conventional wooden latticework panels. Moreover, conventional latticework panels often requires some amount of experience and skill to assemble for certain applications which problematically increases the cost of using such panels for certain applications.

To this end, the Applicant has identified a need for suitable clips and/or clip systems to be able to assemble and attach decor panels in an easier fashion to conventional means.

It is an object of the present invention at least to address the drawbacks of conventional latticework panels or structures and clips and/or clip systems. SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

According to one aspect of the invention, there is provided a clip for attaching panels together, wherein the clip comprises a body having a pair of end walls and a central web portion located between the end walls defining a pair of channels therebetween for receipt of parts of one or more panels therein, wherein at least one end wall terminates in an L-shaped end portion, or a J-shaped end portion with a free end which is shaped and/or dimensioned for location within a suitable slot in one part of one of the panels, and wherein the central web portion is suitably configured to space the channels and thus parts of the panels located in the channels angularly from each other, in use.

According to another aspect of the invention, there is provided a panel system comprising: a plurality of clips, including clips of the type as described herein; and a plurality of panels, wherein each panel comprises a frame, and wherein the frame comprises at least one portion shaped and/or dimensioned for location in a channel of at least one clip of the panel system. The panels may be decor panels such as trellis panels of the type contemplated and/or disclosed herein.

According to another aspect of the invention, there is provided a trellis assembly comprising at least a pair of attachable planar trellis members constructed from a synthetic material, wherein the trellis members comprise major mating surfaces opposite major fagade surfaces, wherein the mating surfaces comprise engagement formations for attaching the pair of trellis members together, and wherein the fagade surfaces are formed to resemble major outer surfaces of a conventional wooden trellis panel when the pair of planar trellis members are attached.

The members may be constructed from a plastic material.

Each trellis member may be matched to a mating trellis member so that once attached, in use, the attached trellis members resemble a conventional wooden trellis panel. It follows that the pair of trellis members may comprise a first trellis member and a second trellis member, wherein the first and second trellis members have a frame and fagade surfaces which resemble fagade surfaces of conventional wooden trellis panels.

The first and second trellis members may comprise a plurality of outer fagade members and integrally formed inner fagade members disposed between the respective frames. The outer fagade members may stand proud of the inner fagade members. The inner fagade members may comprise the engagement formations on the mating surface thereof, wherein the mating surface is opposite the fagade surface thereof.

The engagement formations may comprise frictional engagement formations thereby to enable attachment of the first and second trellis members together to form a trellis panel which may be used in a similar fashion to conventional wooden trellis panels. It will be notes that the attached trellis members may together form a trellis assembly in the form of a trellis panel. According to another aspect of the invention, there is provided a trellis system comprising: at least a pair of trellis assemblies as described above; and one or more clips to attach at least adjacent attached trellis assemblies together to form a desired trellis structure.

The one or more clips may be selected from a group of clips comprising a U- shaped clip, a W-shaped clip, or the like to facilitate the construction of various geometric structures with the trellis assemblies or panels.

According to another aspect of the invention, there is provided a clip for attaching panels together, wherein the clip comprises a body having a pair of end walls and a central web portion located between the end walls defining a pair of channels therebetween for receipt of parts of one or more panels therein, wherein at least one end wall terminates in an L-shaped end portion, or a J-shaped end portion with a free end which is shaped and/or dimensioned for location within a suitable slot in one part of one of the panels, and wherein the central web portion is suitably configured to space the channels and thus parts of the panels located in the channels from each other, in use.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS Figure 1 shows a perspective three-dimensional view of a trellis assembly in an assembled or attached condition in accordance with an example embodiment of the invention;

Figure 2 shows a perspective three-dimensional view of a first trellis member of the trellis assembly of Figure 1 in accordance with an example embodiment of the invention; Figure 3 shows a perspective three-dimensional view of a second trellis member of the trellis assembly of Figure 1 in accordance with an example embodiment of the invention;

Figure 4 shows a perspective three-dimensional view of a U-shaped clip in accordance with an example embodiment of the invention;

Figures 5-8 shows perspective three-dimensional views of generally W-shaped clips in accordance with example embodiments of the invention;

Figure 9 shows a perspective three-dimensional view of another U-shaped clip in accordance with an example embodiment of the invention;

Figure 10 shows a perspective three-dimensional view of a trellis system constructed as an arch-like trellis structure in accordance with an example embodiment of the invention;

Figure 11 shows a perspective three-dimensional view of a trellis system constructed as a heptagonal enclosure in accordance with an example embodiment of the invention;

Figure 12(a) to (h) shows perspective views of a plurality of clips in accordance with example embodiments of the invention;

Figure 13 shows a top view of a clip in accordance with an example embodiment of the invention;

Figure 14 shows a top view of another clip in accordance with an example embodiment of the invention; Figure 15 shows a top view of another clip in accordance with an example embodiment of the invention;

Figure 16 (a) to (e) shows a series of perspective, in use, views of a clip system including a clip in accordance with an example embodiment of the invention being attached to a portion of the frame of a panel in accordance with an example embodiment of the invention;

Figure 17 (a) to (g) shows a series of perspective, in use, views of a clip system including a clip in accordance with an example embodiment of the invention being attached to portions of a pair of frames of panels in accordance with an example embodiment of the invention; and

Figure 18 (a) to (c) shows a series of perspective, in use, views of a clip system including a clip in accordance with an example embodiment of the invention being attached to a portion of the frame of a panel.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The following description of the invention is provided as an enabling teaching of the invention. Those skilled in the relevant art will recognise that many changes can be made to the embodiment described, while still attaining the beneficial results of the present invention. It will also be apparent that some of the desired benefits of the present invention can be attained by selecting some of the features of the present invention without utilising other features. Accordingly, those skilled in the art will recognise that modifications and adaptations to the present invention are possible and can even be desirable in certain circumstances and are a part of the present invention. Thus, the following description is provided as illustrative of the principles of the present invention and not a limitation thereof.

It will be appreciated that the phrase “for example,” “such as”, and variants thereof describe non-limiting embodiments of the presently disclosed subject matter. Reference in the specification to “one example embodiment”, “another example embodiment”, “some example embodiment”, or variants thereof means that a particular feature, structure or characteristic described in connection with the embodiment(s) is included in at least one embodiment of the presently disclosed subject matter. Thus, the use of the phrase “one example embodiment”, “another example embodiment”, “some example embodiment”, or variants thereof does not necessarily refer to the same embodiment(s).

Unless otherwise stated, some features of the subject matter described herein, which are, described in the context of separate embodiments for purposes of clarity, may also be provided in combination in a single embodiment. Similarly, various features of the subject matter disclosed herein which are described in the context of a single embodiment may also be provided separately or in any suitable sub-combination.

Referring to Figure 1 of the drawings, a trellis assembly in accordance with an example embodiment of the invention is generally indicated by reference numeral 10. The assembly 10 is typically constructed from a synthetic material such as plastic and is in the form of a trellis panel resembling a conventional wooden trellis panel.

The assembly/panel 10 is comprised of two attachable trellis members 12, 14 as can be better seen in Figures 2 and 3. Each member 12, 14 is an integrally moulded plastic member or panel and has an operative major mating surface 12.1 , 14.1 and a major fagade surface 12.2. The mating surfaces 12.1 , 14.1 may comprise engagement formations 16 to enable attachment of the members 12 and 14 together to form the panel 10. The engagement formations 16 may be complementary and may be in the form of spigot-socket type snap clips which engage in a complementary fashion to attach the members 12 and 14 together. It will be appreciated that other external attachment means such as adhesives and/or members such as screws, or the like may be used to attach the members 12 and 14 together. The members 12 and 14 may have only male or female or a combination of male and female engagement formations 16 to facilitate attachment of the same together in use.

The panel 10 typically comprises a frame 18 between which a plurality of strip-like members are provided in a lattice-like arrangement. The fagade surfaces of the members 12 and 14 may be substantially similar though only fagade surface 12.2 is visible in Figure 1 . The members 12, 14 comprise fagade members 12.3, 14.3 and mating members 12.4, 14.4 which are either in a grid formation or a criss-cross formation. The fagade members 12.3, 14.3 may be integral with the mating members 12.4, 14.4 but may stand proud of the mating members 12.4, 14.4 such that when attached as illustrated in Figure 1 , the resultant panel has the appearance of a conventional wooden latticework panel, the members 12.3, 12.4, 14.3, 14.4, resembling wooden members. The configuration of at least the members 12.3, 14.3 standing proud of the members 12.4, 14.4 is an improvement of moulded latticework which doesn’t give the desired three-dimensional appearance of convention wooden latticework which the present invention seeks to address.

Once assembled to form the panel 10, the frame 18 of the panel 10 comprises attachment formations in the form of suitable indentations 18.1 for the attachment of clips as described below. The indentations 18.1 may be formed by the mating of the members 12, 14 and each panel 10 may comprise a plurality of indentations 18.1 provided around the frame.

Referring now also to Figures 4 to 11 of the drawings, it will be noted that attached panels 10 of the type described above and illustrated in Figure 1 may form part of a trellis system contemplated in the present invention. The trellis system comprises two or more panels 10 in an attached or assembled configuration as illustrated in Figure 1 which are attached together to form trellis structures such as the structures 40, 50 illustrated in Figures 10 and 11 by way one or more clips 20 - 30 as illustrated in Figures 4 to 9.

Figure 4 shows a U-shaped clip 20 which is shaped and/or dimensioned to engage with the indentations of adjacent panels 10 so as to attach the panels together to form a larger planar panel, for example, the planar portion 42 of the arch illustrated in Figure 10. In other words, the clip 20 may be used to attach panels 10 together so that they are on the same plane. To this end, the clips 20 may engage with the indentations 18.1 of panels so that the indentations 18.1 . of adjacent panels 10 to be attached are located in the U- shaped section of the clip 20 whilst free ends of the clip 20 effectively hold the adjacent panels 10 together. In this way, the panels 10 may be used to construct a planar wall, ceiling, or the like.

Figure 9 shows a variant 30 of the U-shaped clip 20 in that it comprises a pair of apertures provided adjacent free ends thereof. The clip 30 may attach panels 10 together in a planar fashion but may also be conveniently used in applications where the panels 10 form a ceiling which is suspended from a surface. In particular, suitable members or cords are passed through the apertures of the clips 30 and are attached to a surface so as to provide a suspended latticework ceiling.

Figures 5 to 8 show example embodiments of substantially W-shaped clips 22 to 28 to attach adjacent panels together with an angular offset therebetween. Clips 22 to

28 are substantially similar thus an explanation of one clip 22 extends to all the clips 22 to 28. In particular, clip 22 comprises two angularly spaced channels 62, 64 for receiving indentations 18.1 of respective adjacent panels 10 therein so as to attach adjacent panels 10 with an angular offset therebetween. The angular offset between adjacent panels to be attached by the clip 22 is dependent on the offset portion 66 which varies as illustrated in Figures 4 to 8.

It will be appreciated that the clips 22 to 28 may effectively be in the form of two U-shaped clips which are attached together by the angular offset portion 66 , wherein the indentations 18.1 of the panels to be attached in an angularly offset fashion are locatable in the channels 62, 64, respectively.

In use, referring to Figures 1 to 11 of the drawings, a user desiring a more cost effective and durable latticework structure would obtain a kit comprised of the trellis system as contemplated herein as well as suitable instructions for use. The user would then form panels 10 of the type described above by attaching first trellis members 12 and second trellis members 14 together, for example, by snap fitting the members 12, 14 together.

Once the user has a pre-determined or desired number of assembled or attached assemblies/panels 10, the panels 10 are attached together using the clips 20 to 30. In Figure 10, the system as contemplated herein is used to form an arch structure 40. In this regard, the planar portion 42 is constructed by aligning adjacent panels 10 in a planar fashion and using the U-shaped clips 20 to attach the same together by having adjacent indentations 18.1 of the adjacent panels located in a channel defined by the U- shaped clip 20.

For the arched portion of the arch structure 40, the clips 22 to 28 are used to attach adjacent panels together by locating the indentations 18.1 of adjacent panels 10 in the channels 62, 64. The selection of the clip 22 - 28 may be dependent on the curvature of the arch required and thus the angular offset required between the adjacent panels 10. In Figure 11 , the system as contemplated herein is used to form a heptagonal enclosure structure 50. In this particular example implementation, the W-shaped clips 22 to 28 are used to attach adjacent panels 10 together in an angular fashion.

Turning now to Figures 12 of the drawings which illustrate different clips 100 to 114 (see Figure 12 in particular) in accordance with an example embodiment of the invention. The clips 100 to 114 may be moulded from a synthetic material, for example, a plastic material. In one example embodiment, the clips 100 to 114 are constructed from ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), or the like.

The clips 100 to 112 are substantially similar and thus like parts will be referenced by the same reference numerals and descriptions to one clip, for example, the clip 104 illustrated in Figure 13 may be applicable to the clips 100, 102, 106, 108 and 110, and 112, mutatis mutandis.

In this regard, turning to Figure 13 where a “30°” clip 104 is shown, the clip 104 has body with a pair of spaced apart end walls 116, 118 and a central web portion 120, wherein a pair of channels C1 and C2 are defined by the body of the clip 104. The walls 116 and 118 may be resiliently flexible to attach the clip 104 to a panel 10 in a snap-fit fashion. The channels C1 and C2 are uniform and substantially similar and having a roughly square profile. The channels C1 and C2 are shaped and/or dimensioned to receive an indentation or indented portion of a panel 10, particularly a frame thereof therein.

The web portion 120 may be a wedge-like portion having a pair of web walls 120.1 and 120.2 which serve to angularly space the channels C1 and C2 from each other by a predetermined extent by an angle X. In the clip 104, this angle X is approximately 30° (for example, 33.7°). Though the walls 120.1 and 120.2 may be spaced apart walls, nothing precludes the portion 120 from being a solid wedge. It follows that the portion 120 is selected to angularly space the channels C1 and C2 from each other. In this way, in use, the panels P/10 are angularly spaced from each other in a manner that the planes along which the panels P/10 extend, are angularly spaced from each other by an angle X as determined by the selection of the clip.

In particular, the channels C1 and C2 are effectively spaced apart substantially by the angle X which in the case of the clip 104 is approximately 30° (give or take 0° to 5°eitehr way). The angle X may determine whether the clip is a 180° or 0° clip 100/112, a 15 ° clip 102, a 45° clip 106, a 60° clip 108, and a 90° clip 110. In this way, the clips 100 to 112 are able to space panels 10 apart by substantially the same angles associated with the angle X.

It will be noted that panels P/10 attached in the channels C1 and C2 may extend along planes which are angularly disposed relative to each other by the angle X. The clips 100 to 112 may therefore serve to attach panels P/10 such that they extend in planes which are angularly spaced from each other as determined by the angle between the channels C1 and C2 of the clips 100 to 112. It follows that the planes associated with the channels C1 and C2 which are displaced by the clips disclosed herein. The walls 116, 118 may comprise J-shaped end portions 116.1 , 118.1 , wherein the end portions 116.1 , 118.1 terminate in chamfered ends which are suitable for location in slots S (see Figure 16(b)) of panels P. In this way, the clip 104 is more securely attachable to the panels P. A portion of the body of the clip 104 subtended by the angle X may comprise an apex or point as can be seen in Figure 13.

The web portion 120 may also comprise a pair of opposed J-shaped end portions 120.3. In this way, each channel C1 , C2 may be bounded an one open end by a pair of J-shaped end portions having inwardly directed chamfered ends.

In Figure 14, another clip 114 is illustrated, wherein the clip 114 is a suspension clip 114 which fits in a snap-fit fashion around an indentation zone I of a panel P, wherein the clip 114 comprises a eyelet protrusions 114.1 , 114.2 through which a harness FI may be attached to suspend a panel P and/or a construction of panel/s P/10 to which the clip 114 is attached.

In Figure 15, a clip 100 having co-planar channels C1 , C2 is shown. The angle X associated with the clip 100 is 0° as the case may be and as such the channels C1 and C2 are angularly displaced relative to each other by 0°. Due to the co-planar nature of the clip 100, the same may be substantially similar to the clip 112. In use, referring to Figure 16(a) to e) of the drawings, the clip 100 is brought adjacent the indentation zone I of the panel P. The indentation or indented zone I may have a smaller circumference than the rest of the panel P, particularly, the frame of the panel P defining the indentation zone I. The indentation zone I may define four pairs of longitudinally extending slots S, each provided adjacent a corner of the panel P. In particular, each major face of the panel P/10 in the indentation zone may define a pair of spaced apart slots S adjacent corners of the major face. The slots S and end portions 116.1 and 118.1 , as well as the end portions 120.3 may be mated such that the chamfered ends of the end portions 116.1 , 118.1 , 120.3 located in the slots S, in use, on attachment of the clips 100 to 112 to the panel P/10. The indentation zone or indented zone I may have an indentation depth from the surrounding panels substantially equal to the thickness of the clip 100 to 114. In this way, a clip 100 to 114 attached to the panel at the indentation zone or indented zone lies flush with the surrounding panel P defining the indentation zone or indented zone I. Each corner of the panel P adjacent at least the indentation portion I may be provided with a suitable reinforcement zones adjacent corners thereof. The reinforcement zones may be in the form of bulbous corners. The slots S may be located in the reinforcement zones. In other words, and as illustrated, the reinforcement zones may have a thickness to give the slots S depth which may be greater than or equal to the length of the chamfered ends of the clips 100 to 112 which locate in said slots, in use. In this way, the structural integrity of the panels P attached via the clips 100 to 112 is not compromised.

The slots S are shaped and/or dimensioned to receive the chamfered ends of the clips 100 to 112 therein. Notches may be provided in the indentation zone I on the panels P adjacent the slots S to enable a sharp implement such as a screw-driver to dislocate the chamfered ends of the clips 100 to 112 from locations in the slots, in use.

In any event, to attach the clip 100 to the panel P, one end portion 120.3 of one wall 120.1 is brought into contact with the indentation portion I of the panel P such that the chamfered free end of the portion 120.3 of the clip 100 locates into the slot S of the panel P as shown in Figure 16 (b). The panel P and/or the clip 100 is rotated relative to each other thereby causing the end wall 116 to deform and the chamfered end of the end portion 116.1 of the locates, with a snap fit, into the slot S provided on the indentation portion I of the panel P. In this way, the clip 100 is attached in the channel C1 and another panel may be attached to the panel P by locating an indentation zone I of another suitable panel P in the adjacent channel C2. In this way, panels P may be attached in a co-planar fashion. Similarly, panels P may be attached in a 90° degree fashion relative to each other as well.

As mentioned above, an implement such as screw-driver may be located in the notch adjacent the slot S to dislocate the chamfered end from location within the slot S. In this way, the clip 100 is removed from attachment to the panel P.

Figure 17 shows an “in use” diagram of the use of a clip 112 s described herein. The clip 112 is substantially similar to the clip 100 and the explanation above applies herein. The clip 112 differs significantly from the clip 100 in that one of the channels C1 defines internally projecting ribs R and L-shaped end portions instead of J-shaped end portions as the case in clip 100. The ribs R may be shaped and/or dimensioned to locate in slots S provided on opposite faces of the panel P.

Figure 18 shows an, in use, diagram of a clip 114. The clip 114 is substantially different from the clips 100 to 112 but as similar to the clip 30 described above with reference to Figure 9 the clip 114 when attached to a panel P enables one to hang the panel P with a suitable harness FI attached to the panel P via the eyelets portions 114.1 , 114.2 of the clip 114.

As mentioned and alluded to herein, the panels P may be substantially the same as the panels 10 as described above and thus the panels P may be rectangular panels having indentation zones I as described herein provided around the panel P, particularly a frame thereof. The clips 100 to 112 (optionally 114) and the panels P/10 comprising one or more panels P/10 comprising one or more indentation or indented zones I having the suitable slots S described herein may form part of a clip system as contemplated herein which may extend to other panels, not necessarily trellis or decor panels P/10. Each indented zone I may comprise the slots S as described herein. The zones I may be located circumferentially on the frame of the panel P. In this way, various structures may be constructed with the panels and trellis system as contemplated herein in an easy manner without the need for the involvement of skilled persons such as carpenters, woodwork experts, or the like. Moreover, the present invention serves to provide a panel which resembles the three-dimensional appearance of conventional wooden latticework panels but has a cost benefit and durability associated with moulded plastics.