Patents Examined by Albert G. Craig, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4055060
    Abstract: A bicycle lock is disclosed wherein the steering is locked and a securing cable is provided to fasten the bike to a fixed object. The lock is provided with a removable tumbler, having an axially aligned pin, that normally passes through an eyelet on one end of the cable and through suitable bores, in the steering post and the rotating steering sleeve, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1973
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1977
    Inventor: Jim Bellino
  • Patent number: 3967477
    Abstract: A combination lock is disclosed that has a plurality of separately dialed tumblers mounted for rotation around spaced parallel axes. The tumblers extend through openings in a plate and each carries a fence that cannot pass through the opening. Each opening has a lateral gate slot to receive the fence of the tumbler in the opening. The plate must move over the fences to open the lock which it cannot do until the tumblers are positioned so the fences are positioned in alignment with the gate slots. Provision is made for changing the combination when desired and for opening the lock with a master combination when the current combination is forgotten. Also, in one embodiment, the lock can be opened with a spare combination in addition to the master when the current combination is forgotten or lost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1975
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1976
    Inventors: Richard P. Harrington, Russell J. Harrington
  • Patent number: 3967479
    Abstract: A magnetic lock mechanism which may be used in conjunction with many devices such as a padlock, dead bolt door lock, conventional door lock, safety deposit box, safe doors, automobile doors, gas cap locks, ignition switch locks, a switch actuating device or others. A key having magnets, selectively oriented therein, line up magnetic tumbler pins location within the locking device. With the tumbler pins lined up, a member can be moved axially and then rotationally to actuate a driving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1974
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1976
    Inventor: Jerome Vick
  • Patent number: 3965708
    Abstract: A hub cap locking device is provided by a spoke hub cap cooperating with a hub-covering shell and a lock-carrying cap such that engagement and removal of the hub cap is controlled by key-actuation of the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1974
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1976
    Inventor: Don A. Smiley
  • Patent number: 3965709
    Abstract: A bicycle lock comprising three units, namely, a ring assembly, a wire cable and a padlock. The ring assembly includes an arcuate tubular ring having a gap therein. A solid metallic rod is slidable in the ring and has a gap therein. The ring is formed on its outer contour with a slot that is closed at both ends. A stem passes through this slot and its inner end is secured to the rod which is moveable into positions either opening or closing the gap in the ring. The ring is formed with two passages either of which is adapted to receive the hasp of the padlock. A transverse bracket on the ring is attached to the frame of a bicycle wheel. The wire cable is formed with a loop at each end. One loop is permanently attached to the ring and the other loop receives a portion of the solid rod when the latter closes the gap in the ring. In unlocked position the latter loop receives the hasp of the padlock which is passed through one of said passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1975
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1976
    Assignee: David P. Belke
    Inventor: Carl F. Belke
  • Patent number: 3961816
    Abstract: An auxiliary lock comprising a lock body for extension through an opening in the closure to be secured; there being a stop forming element on one end of said lock body for engaging one side portion of said door to limit the extension of said lock body therethrough, as well as to stabilize same in position. A bolt is presented for projecting through a bore in the extended portion of said lock body, in generally axially perpendicular relationship thereto. One end of said bolt is enlarged to limit its projection through said lock body bore, and the other end is received within a socket provided in the structure adjacent the door. A lock is engageable upon said bolt between said lock body and said socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1975
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1976
    Assignee: Security Lock Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Theodore V. Mueller
  • Patent number: 3959996
    Abstract: An anti-theft device for automobile vehicles of the type comprising a lock having a barrel actuated by a key. A locking bolt member is provided extending longitudinally of the barrel and the barrel has a cam profile cooperating with the bolt member for shifting the latter in a direction parallel to the axis of the barrel. The bolt member is extended by a stem which is floatably mounted so as to be transversely pivotable with respect to the axis of the bolt member. The stem is provided with a tab cooperating with a cam profile integral with the barrel, the cam controlling its transverse displacement. The stem has at the end opposed to the bolt member a transverse nose portion adapted to be cooperable with a radial recess in the body of the anti-theft device. Elastically yieldable means bias the nose portion toward the recess and a radially movable push-member is disposed in the bottom of the recess and is elastically biassed outwardly of the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1975
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1976
    Assignee: Antivols Simplex S.A.
    Inventor: Andre Thirion
  • Patent number: 3958820
    Abstract: A lock mechanism including a bolt spring biased toward an unlocked position. Bolt release means including a lever movably mounted on a lock base retaining the spring biased bolt in a locked position. Contact means carried by said lever responsive to hand motion resulting in lever movement and release of the bolt to provide for automatic door unlocking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1974
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1976
    Assignee: Lawrence R. Teeple, Jr.
    Inventor: Lawrence R. Teeple
  • Patent number: 3955387
    Abstract: A heavy duty cylindrical lock set adaptable for various "functions" and having improved features, especially to permit a key-removable lock core to be reversible in its knob mounting to suit right- and left-hand doors. A knob sleeve of large diameter is slotted and shaped at its knob receiving end to form two diametrically-opposed channel sections of high strength and rigidity. The inward edges of the four channel side legs form a mounting seat to receive the key-plug-containing body of the core on the axis of the knob, while the two spaces between the channel sections permit the pin-tumbler lobe or section of the core to extend radially in either of two orientations about the axis of the knob. Two of the channel side edges are notched to engage a key-controlled retaining lug of the core. The knob has a large bore in its outer end and is supported from the knob sleeve by a drive ring which accomodates the core in both orientations. A face plate is held in the knob bore by the core and closes the knob bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1974
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1976
    Assignee: Best Lock Corporation
    Inventors: Walter E. Best, R. Gene McCullum
  • Patent number: 3954292
    Abstract: When turned to a locked position, a turn button causes the outside operating lever of the latch to be held against rotation so as to lock the door against entry from the outside. Turning of the inside operating lever in either direction to open the door causes the turn button to return automatically to its unlocked position to prevent inadvertent locking of the door. Automatic return of the locking button is effected through the coaction of a spring-loaded pin on the inside lever with a pair of shoulders on the inner face of the turn button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1976
    Assignee: Amerock Corporation
    Inventor: Robert W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 3952562
    Abstract: A permutation lock assembly incorporated into a door knob and latch mechanism mountable in the standard openings in conventional swinging doors, using conventional door latch hardware. Rotation of an outer dial in a first direction causes rotation of an inner dial which is visible through a window until a number on the inner dial appears at the center of the window. Upon rotation of the outer dial in an opposite direction until a number thereon is aligned with a center mark, the door is unlocked and may be readily opened. When the proper combination is known, the combination may be changed, within a few seconds, from one combination to another. Also incorporated is a clutch device in the external knob that permits the knob to turn in either direction when the door is locked and excessive force is applied, thus preventing damage to the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1975
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1976
    Inventor: A. Ray Snow
  • Patent number: 3952561
    Abstract: A multiple dial type combination lock in a luggage case handle stud employs an elongated, longitudinally movable puller formed to engage a cooperable hasp and having longitudinally spaced slots receiving dials. The dials, which are keyed for rotation with associated sleeve means by interfitting teeth, are cooperable with respective lugs on the puller for blocking movement of the puller from latching position when the dials are off combination. Each sleeve means has a missing tooth portion for receiving the respective lug on the puller when the dials are on combination, thereby permitting movement of the puller between latching and unlatching positions, the dials being shifted longitudinally with the puller during this motion. In the preferred embodiment, the opening combination may be set to a combination of one's own choice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1974
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1976
    Assignee: Presto Lock Company
    Inventor: Lazlo Bako
  • Patent number: 3950971
    Abstract: A lockable closure plug consisting of a top-flanged cylindrical resilient compressible body with a top plate covering the top of the body and a flat bottom plate engaging the bottom of the body, and an axial operating stem rotatably engaging centrally through the body and abutting on the top plate and threadedly engaged through a nut secured centrally to the bottom plate. A rod-like handle bar is secured perpendicularly through the top end of the stem and a pair of link bars are pivoted to opposite sides of an upstanding U-shaped bracket on the top plate. The link bars in raised positions can lockingly receive the handle bar therebetween, and said link bars are apertured to receive the hasp of a padlock, which can hold the link bars in raised locking positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1974
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1976
    Assignee: Moeller Mfg. Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Albert J. Karls
  • Patent number: 3950970
    Abstract: A pre-shipment protective device is used on a teller's locker to protect monies to be transferred. Only the transfer agent has a key to open the pre-shipment protective device. Only the bank has a key to release the latch to again close the locker once the transfer agent has opened the pre-shipment protective device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1974
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1976
    Inventor: William O. Fortin
  • Patent number: 3950972
    Abstract: A bicycle lock which is adapted for fixedly mounting on a bicycle is the subject matter herein. The subject bicycle lock includes a housing, which has a shackle receptacle rotatably mounted therein. An elongated flexible shackle has one end fixed to the shackle receptacle, and the other releasably connectable to the housing. The flexible shackle is windable upon the shackle receptacle for storage in the housing. A ratchet wheel is fixed to the shackle receptacle for rotation therewith. A lock pin is connected to the other end of the flexible shackle, and is positionable in the housing. The lock pin has a dog, which is engageable with the ratchet wheel to limit rotation of the ratchet wheel and the shackle receptacle to one direction for winding the flexible shackle onto the receptacle. The dog is removable from the housing with the lock pin to allow the flexible shackle to be unloaded from the shackle receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1975
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1976
    Assignee: Bik-Lok, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Y. Bleier, Philip J. Burnstein, John J. Aiken
  • Patent number: 3949581
    Abstract: A steering lock assembly for preventing the burglary of diesel motor vehicles. The assembly includes an operating rod coupled to a fuel injection pump for de-activating the pump. The operating rod is axially movable in a guide sleeve and has a recess formed in the lower portion thereof. The assembly also includes a steering lock device actuated by a steering lock actuating device for preventing rotation of the steering shaft of a vehicle. The operating rod and steering lock actuating device are connected through a rocker arm and a wire attached to one end of the rocker arm so that when the operating rod is pulled to an engine stop position, the steering lock device is actuated by the steering lock actuating device to prevent rotation of said steering shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1974
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1976
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shigeo Toyama, Yutaka Tomizu
  • Patent number: 3948067
    Abstract: Two or more doors leading to a single room are provided with electrically operated locks which are energized by depressing a button in the room. All of the locks are de-energized by opening either of the doors, so that access to the room is available through either of the door openings when the room is not occupied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1975
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1976
    Assignee: C. Hager & Sons Hinge Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Francis C. Peterson
  • Patent number: 3948068
    Abstract: In a magnetic lock of the type having at least one tumbler pin pivotally supported on a mounting plate and a locking plate having an opening arranged to receive one end of the tumbler pin when an opposite end of such pin is attracted by a permanent magnet device carried by a key, the improvement wherein the opposite end of the tumbler pin is formed with a transversely enlarged head portion and the mounting plate is formed with abutment devices arranged to engage with the head portion to insure that the one end of the tumbler pin accurately "points" towards the opening of the locking plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1975
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1976
    Assignee: American Locker Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Wells F. Stackhouse
  • Patent number: 3947060
    Abstract: A bolt mechanism of the disclosure has a bolt driven between latching and non-latching positions by a rotary electric motor through a speed reduction gear drive train which includes a slip clutch that permits the bolt to be manually moved from either position thereof to the other in a manner overriding the drive train and the motor. The electric motor is of the DC type, and an electrical control circuit therefor reverses polarity and terminates the motor operation as the bolt moves to either of its positions so that subsequent normal motor operation is in a reverse direction to drive the bolt to the other position. A recess in the bolt receives an output gear of the drive train as well as an elongated gear rack fixedly mounted with respect to the bolt and meshed with the output gear to provide the bolt movement during motor operation. A handle mounted on the bolt is manually grasped to provide the overriding movement of the bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1975
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1976
    Assignee: Pulse Dynamics Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Russell D. Zimmer, William S. Traver
  • Patent number: 3943737
    Abstract: A lock mechanism comprises a plug slidably to a home position into a cavity of a block which plug has a recess for receiving side-by-side plates.Said block has a receptacle for receiving a similar set of spring biased plates. The front base of said plug a keyway with rectangular cross section communicates with said recess at a position close to the bottom thereof. A key is also provided for said mechanism which is made up of as many bars as are the plates.The plates in said recess have a bevelled corner. The bevel plane of the plates and of the key bars being the same.When the key is inserted home into said plug the bevelled point of each bar of the key engages the bevelled corner of a corresponding plate in the recess and lifts it to come flush with its upper edge with said recess aperture whereby the mechanism is unlocked.When the key is withdrawn from said slot the plates in said receptacle are moved by the related springs to enter the plug recess and block the mechanism thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1975
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1976
    Inventor: Luigi Lerro