Patents Represented by Attorney McDonald Hopkins LLC
  • Patent number: 8348241
    Abstract: A mounting adapter for mounting a jack to a trailer coupler and/or a trailer frame is described. The mounting adapter may permit the jack to mount to the trailer coupler while retaining both vertical and axial adjustability. The mounting adapter may include a flange and a collar. The flange may include an opening for receiving the jack and at least one mounting aperture for attachment with the trailer frame. The collar may extend outward from the flange and have at least one aperture for attachment with the jack. The collar may also include a rib located for engagement with a slot on the jack. The trailer coupler and frame may include apertures alignable to the mounting apertures, whereby the mounting apertures may permit orientation of the jack to be forward, left, right or rear facing. The mounting adapter may also be vertically adjustable to the jack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Cequent Trailer Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Trowbridge, Todd Walstrom, Eric Anderson
  • Patent number: 8342783
    Abstract: A key cutting machine is provided for cutting a key blank from a master key. The key cutting machine comprises a first cutting member that rotates about a substantially horizontal axis for cutting a key pattern on a key blank and a second cutting member that rotates about a substantially vertical axis for cutting a key pattern on a key blank. Additional improvements or features of a key cutting machine are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Hy-Ko Products Co.
    Inventor: Richard W. Ryai, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8333049
    Abstract: This invention relates to a door assembly comprising a pair of door skins which are mechanically secured together to define a top and bottom opening. The top and bottom openings receive an end cap therein to complete the door. The end cap of the present invention is comprised of two separate pieces, namely a locking clip and a beam, whereby the locking clip is slidably engaged with the beam to form the end cap. This allows a manufacturer to form the locking clip with a first material and the beam with a second material, depending on the specific requirements of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Provia Door, Inc.
    Inventor: Chad Badger
  • Patent number: 8316620
    Abstract: An interlocking door includes a first skin with at least one protrusion and at least one mounting slot and a second skin with at least one protrusion. An end cap is slidingly engaged with the first skin and secured with an adhesive. The first and second skins are secured to one another upon sliding engagement of the first skin at least one mounting slot and the second skin at least one protrusion. The skins are fixedly secured with an adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Provia Door, Inc.
    Inventors: Mihai Cotlet, Christopher Nolt, Chad Badger
  • Patent number: 8317221
    Abstract: An integrated airbag assembly is disclosed. The assembly includes a support structure that provides a single, unitary component that is securable to the airbag and other components, such as grab handles and coat hooks. The airbag, the grab handles and the coat hooks secure to the support structure, such as by snap-fitting to the support structure. The assembly including the airbag, the grab handle and/or the coat hook is mountable to the vehicle, such as by snap-fitting the assembly to a roof rail of the vehicle. Accordingly, the assembly improves installation of the airbag and other components to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: A. Raymond et Cie
    Inventor: Todd Lawrence Hemingway
  • Patent number: 8307616
    Abstract: A system and method for filling a collapsible container are provided. Such a collapsible container may be made of a relatively rigid portion and a collapsible portion, with the collapsible portion having a collapsed condition and an expanded condition. An obstruction maintains the collapsible portion in the collapsed condition while the container is filled with contents. The obstruction may remain in place until the container is capped and sealed with the contents stored inside the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: International Packaging Solutions LLC
    Inventors: John Nottingham, John Spirk, Nick E. Stanca, Jeff Kalman
  • Patent number: 8302239
    Abstract: An electric toothbrush with improved brush head motion is provided. The electric toothbrush includes a head comprising a fixed base having a concave portion, and a brush head having a convex portion. The convex brush head nests within the concave base to allow for rotational and tilting movement of the brush head relative to the base. The brush head movement may be driven by a motor housed within the toothbrush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventors: Igor Lantsberg, Gregory Greenspan, Alexander Greenspan, Gene Alter
  • Patent number: 8302478
    Abstract: There is provided a method of detecting the presence of a substance comprising providing a cantilever (30) comprising a magnetostrictive material (34) and having an original resonant frequency. The method also comprises receiving the substance on the cantilever (30, 36) causing the resonant frequency of the cantilever (30) to change. The method also comprises applying a magnetic field to the cantilever (30) causing the resonant frequency to change to a reference resonant frequency and sensing when the resonant frequency becomes the reference resonant frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: The University of Sheffield
    Inventor: Michael Richard John Gibbs
  • Patent number: 8292211
    Abstract: A yarn grasping device for grasping one or more ends of continuously advancing yarn (5) at the start of the winding operation on an empty bobbin mounted on a spindle (3) of an automatic turret type winder having at least two spindles (3) is disclosed. Said device comprising a support element (10) and a steering element (9), said steering element (9) being provided with at least one slit (11), said device being attached at the free end of each of said spindles (3) such that said steering element (9) and said support element (10) are positioned coaxially with their open faces being offset from each other, and characterized in that at least one grasping element (12) is mounted on said steering element (9) such that said slit (11) is partially covered to form a wedge, and in which wedge said advancing yarn (5) is securely grasped during the automatic changeover of said yarn (5) from the bobbin under winding (3a) to an empty bobbin (3b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Lohia Starlinger Limited
    Inventor: Pratip Kumar Bhunia
  • Patent number: 8292556
    Abstract: A key cutting machine has multiple modes of operation, including an automatic mode of operation wherein a clamp mechanism configured to hold a key blank is held without manual assistance in a position engaged with a key cutting element and a motor controls a movement of the clamp mechanism, a semi-automatic mode of operation wherein the clamp mechanism is held without manual assistance in a position engaged with the key cutting element and the motor does not control a movement of the clamp mechanism, and a manual mode of operation wherein the clamp mechanism is manually held in a position engaged with the key cutting element and the motor does not control a movement of the clamp mechanism. Additional improvements or features of a key cutting machine are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Hy-Ko Products Company
    Inventors: Richard Wm. Ryai, Sr., Michael A. Bass
  • Patent number: 8286986
    Abstract: A gooseneck coupler for engaging a towed vehicle to a towing vehicle is described. The coupler includes an outer tube having apertures that is moveable relative to an inner tube secured to a base plate. A locking plate is pivotally secured to the base plate, wherein the locking plate and base plate both include alignable locking pin apertures. A locking assembly includes a handle and a locking pin that is insertable into the locking pin apertures. A support bracket is secured to the inner tube. The support bracket includes a stop portion and a spacer portion that aligns the locking pin into the locking pin apertures. The coupler also includes set screws locatable through the apertures, wherein the set screws are tightened onto the inner tube to prevent movement of the outer tube. The set screws function as a visual indicator that the outer tube has been over extended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Cequent Performance Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Drake, Michael Murphy
  • Patent number: 8286945
    Abstract: A securing mechanism for securing cargo that may include a body, a ratchet, a lever and a release mechanism. The body may be capable of receiving a strap therethrough, wherein the strap may includes opposing ends. The ratchet may include a pair of opposing arms connected to the body and a spool rotatably connected to the arms. The spool may include a slot to receive the strap into a z-fold configuration. The lever may be rotatably attached to the arms and reciprocated between an open position and a closed position, wherein the lever may include at least one pawl to engage the ratchet wheels and may rotate the spool when the lever is reciprocated. The release mechanism may be capable of selectively disengaging the pawl from the ratchet wheel. The securing mechanism may be selectively positionable along the strap when the strap is bi-directionally gathered onto the spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Cequent Consumer Products
    Inventors: Rene Polin, Jr., Jess P. Carlson, David M. Pehar
  • Patent number: 8272662
    Abstract: The present application describes a gooseneck coupler assembly that may include a gooseneck trailer pivot, an extension arm, and a pivot retention mechanism having a ball socket. The ball socket may engage with a hitch ball located on a towing vehicle. The gooseneck trailer pivot may be mounted on a towed vehicle or trailer and be capable of pivoting about a vertical axis relative to the trailer. During engagement, the ball socket and the extension arm may provide tilt capability but thereby prevent any rotational movement relative to the hitch ball. However, the gooseneck coupler assembly may still be able to tilt fore-and-aft or side-to-side relative to the hitch ball. Therefore, the only pivotal movement relative to a vertical axis would be permitted at the gooseneck trailer pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Cequent Towing Products
    Inventors: Richard W. McCoy, Paul Caruso, David Tallieu
  • Patent number: 8267342
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a traverse guide of a novel design and construction and a transfer link that together transfer the advancing yarn to a grasping device and, once it has been grasped, back to the traverse guide. The transfer link shifts the advancing yarn from the traverse guide while still positioning the yarn within a virtual controlled zone within which the yarn stays until it is grasped by the grasping device, where after, during the return stroke of transfer link, the advancing yarn is placed back into the traverse guide so that yarn can be uniformly wound on the bobbin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Lohia Starlinger Limited
    Inventor: Amit Kumar Lohia
  • Patent number: 8262042
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention provides for an assembly for securing equipment to a tank. The assembly comprises a base, a split ring, and a clamp. The base comprises a tank engagement portion, a base aperture, a lip positioned along a perimeter of the base aperture, and a first mating surface. The split ring is arranged to be at least partially positionable within the base. The split ring comprises a split ring aperture and a second mating surface in contact with the first mating surface when the split ring is partially positioned within the base. The clamp is positionable to hold the first mating surface in contact with the second mating surface. The clamp comprises a clamp aperture, a first contact surface, and a second contact surface. When the clamp is positioned to hold the mating surfaces in contact, the first contact surface contacts the base, and the second contact surface contacts the split ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: L.J. Star Incorporated
    Inventor: Dale A. Sandy
  • Patent number: D668187
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Cequent Performance Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard W. McCoy
  • Patent number: D670211
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Cequent Performance Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric J. Stanifer, Richard W. McCoy
  • Patent number: D670212
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Cequent Performance Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric J. Stanifer, Richard W. McCoy
  • Patent number: D670473
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Cequent Performance Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Anderson, Kawa-She-Quoen Okerlund, Todd Walstrom, Victor Burmeister, Kyle Osimitz
  • Patent number: D670532
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: Richard D Boozer, Tyrone Manhoff, Fred H Mehlman, Steffen F. Koury, Paul K. Metaxatos