Patents Assigned to North States Industries, Inc.
  • Patent number: 9915093
    Abstract: A security gate including an outer gate and an inner gate for selective passage of people and/or pets therethrough. In one example, the security gate includes: an outer frame; an outer gate at least partially disposed within the outer frame; an inner gate disposed within the outer gate, the inner gate comprising an inner frame having at least one recess; a door at least partially disposed within the inner frame; and at least one projection extending from the outer gate and engaging the at least one recess for supporting the inner gate within the outer gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: North States Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean Weisbeck, Julie Ann Yager Grad
  • Patent number: 9670718
    Abstract: A pressure-mounted gate includes a first panel extending horizontally. A second panel is slidably coupled to the first panel. The second panel extends horizontally. A locking mechanism is coupled to the first panel and the second panel. The locking mechanism facilitates a widening of the gate by a ratcheting structure. The locking mechanism locks a position of the first panel and the second panel at a desired gate width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: NORTH STATES INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Julie Ann Yager Grad, Jon D. Robinson, Steven Scott Vergin, James Patrick Moorman, Paul Anthony Pilosi, Caleb Summers
  • Patent number: 9615672
    Abstract: A play yard can include a plurality of side panels that are connected to one another and a gate panel connected to two of the side panels to create an enclosed space. The gate panel can include a panel frame that defines an opening and a gate that can be mounted to the panel frame in the opening to swing from a closed position to an open position. The gate panel can include a first locking mechanism on the gate to hold the gate in the closed position and a second locking mechanism on the gate to hold the gate in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: North States Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean Weisbeck, Julie Ann Yager Grad
  • Publication number: 20070017156
    Abstract: A security gate includes a portion that extends at a non-vertical angle. The gate can include a first vertical portion, and a second non-vertical portion extending at an angle with respect to the first vertical portion. In other examples, a gate can include a vertical frame, and a non-vertical portion coupled to the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2006
    Publication date: January 25, 2007
    Applicant: North States Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Robinson, Jeffery Prange
  • Patent number: 6681523
    Abstract: A security gate having an adjustable width that is suitable for use as a barrier to restrict the movement of children or animals. The gate includes a stationary panel and an overlapping moveable panel which are slidably extendable with respect to each other and lockable in a variety of extended positions. The gate can be pressure mounted to an opening, such as a hallway or doorway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: North States Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Les Stener
  • Patent number: 6161334
    Abstract: A child and pet security gate is disclosed for use in larger passageways. The security gate includes multiple (at least three) telescopically sliding panels that extend to close the passageway and retract to minimum width. The extension and retractive relative sliding movement is progressive; thus, only one panel moves relative to another until it reaches its fully extended or retracted position. The security gate also includes mounting hardware that permits the gate to either hingeably pivot or to be removed for storage. A latching member securely closes the gate and is operable only by an adult.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: North States Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: John Walter Goodin
  • Patent number: 6027104
    Abstract: A security enclosure for children and pets is disclosed which is formed from a plurality of identical interlocking panels. Each panel comprises a panel body having opposed inner and outer faces and first and second opposite sides. First and second hinge members are disposed on the first panel body side in vertically spaced relation, and a third hinge member is disposed on the second body side having a vertical dimension which corresponds to the vertical spacing of the first and second hinge members. A spring loaded engagement member holds the third hinge member in interlocking relation between the first and second hinge members. A circular array of gear teeth formed on the respective hinge members hold adjacent panels in a predetermined angular relationship and are constructed to permit relative angular adjustment between the adjacent panels. The hinge means are offset in such a manner that adjacent panels can be folded in flat, face-to-face relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: North States Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen R. Alexander, Lester Stener
  • Patent number: 5975015
    Abstract: A feeding apparatus (device) has a housing including two members. These two members are telescoping arranged when the housing is in a disassembled position. Upon assembly of the housing, by moving these members with respect to each other, the members resiliently deform with respect to each other, and once the assembled position is reached, the peripheral surfaces of each member are in an abutment sufficient to inhibit the members, and thus, the housing, from collapsing. By making the housing in this manner, assembly is simple, and the feeding apparatus (device) is economical, as packaging volume, and resulting shipping volume, are reduced, when compared to contemporary feeding apparatus (devices).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: North States Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Mark Runyon, Stephen R. Alexander, Lester Stener
  • Patent number: 5207476
    Abstract: An infant seat with an improved handle structure that may be positioned in various ways to provide multiple uses for the seat. The handle structure is bifurcated in the carrying portion, and includes a transverse member which acts as the carrying handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1993
    Assignee: North States Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy J. Payne
  • Patent number: 5107075
    Abstract: An improved slidable safety cover for use with electrical outlets is disclosed in which at least one slidable cover member is movably mounted on an apertured stationary frame overlaying an electrical outlet. The slidable cover member is movable between an open position at which access to underlaying electrical outlets is available through the slidable safety cover and a closed position at which access to the electrical outlets is blocked by the slidable cover member. Movement of the slidable cover member from the closed position to the open position requires release of a locking mechanism comprising at least one resilient finger latch member having a first end portion anchored to the stationary frame and a second end portion partially protruding through the slidable cover member. A finger latch opening is provided in the slidable cover member and is located distal from all sides of the safety cover slidable cover member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1992
    Assignee: North States Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald J. Currier, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4838205
    Abstract: A bird feeder including a shallow feeding tray into which bird feed flows through a passageway from a supply cavity above the tray, which bird feeder includes spaced vertical partitions within the feeding tray which restrict wind blowing bird feed from the feeding tray and brushing or scattering of bird feed from the feeding tray by side to side motion of the bill of a bird perched on the feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1989
    Assignee: North States Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald A. Larson
  • Patent number: 4712773
    Abstract: A multiple panel unit for creating a play area for young children in which each panel has a rigid rectangular frame and is connected to an adjacent panel by a hinge structure at the top and bottom of the panels permitting the panels to be pivoted with respect to each other at the hinge. The top of a first of two adjacent panels and the corresponding end of the hinge structure are formed for releasably retaining the end of the hinge and the bottom of the second of the adjacent panels and the corresponding end of the bottom hinge structure are formed with a pin and a mating recess that are matable in a direction parallel to the hinge pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1987
    Assignee: North States Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald A. Larson
  • Patent number: 4677791
    Abstract: A mounting device is disclosed for a portable, expansion-type security gate for children or pets. The expansion gate has a variable width with frictional bumpers on each side that frictionally engage a door jamb or other doorway defining member. The mounting device consists of a socket defining mounting member for each frictional bumper that is secured to the door jamb and is configured to receive and retain the frictional bumper. One type of mounting member is configured to mount on flat surfaces such as door jambs and walls. Another mounting member is constructed to mount on a wrought iron railing. Both types rigidly support the security gate and prevent it from being accidentally dislodged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1987
    Assignee: North States Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald A. Larson, Peter M. Runyon
  • Patent number: 4607455
    Abstract: A portable, variable width gate for doorways comprising first and second gate sections operably secured together in face to face relation to alter their combined width for filling doorways of varying widths. Actuator means for relatively moving the gate sections including a handle engaging the actuating means in one position and disengaged therefrom in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1986
    Assignee: North States Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary R. Bluem, John W. Goodin, Larry G. Hickey
  • Patent number: 3978616
    Abstract: A door for closing an opening through a pet confining wall in a building, kennel, pen or the like, said door having a peripheral frame for mounting in the wall opening, a door member having its upper edge portion hinged to the frame on a horizontal axis for swinging movement of the door in either direction from a vertical closed position within the frame, and a spring tensioned slide acting between the frame and a cam on the upper edge of the door to yieldably retain the door in closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1975
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1976
    Assignee: North States Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Everett C. Pennock
  • Patent number: D556344
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: North States Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon D. Robinson, Jeffery R. Prange
  • Patent number: D708354
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: North States Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean Weisbeck, Julie Ann Yager Grad, Pall Anthony Pilosi, Jason Jon Ness, Matthew George Goolet, Nicole Lee Parks
  • Patent number: D714960
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: North States Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Dean Weisbeck
  • Patent number: D844851
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: North States Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Julie Ann Yager Grad
  • Patent number: D849980
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: NORTH STATES INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Julie Ann Yager Grad