Patents Examined by Alyson M. Merlino
  • Patent number: 11414900
    Abstract: A method and a locking device for a motor vehicle, in particular a bonnet lock, having a locking mechanism with a rotary latch and at least one pawl, a locking pin and an ejector interacting with the locking pin, wherein the locking pin can be brought into a lifting-off position by means of the ejector, and with at least one electrically actuable means for moving the lock holder from the lifting-off position into a locking position, wherein a drive lever is provided, and wherein the ejector and, at least indirectly, the rotary latch are actuable by means of the drive lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventor: Christian Sturm
  • Patent number: 11414891
    Abstract: An actuator-controlled strike comprising a housing disposable within a doorframe and including a cavity for a spring latch and a dead latch of a mortise-type lockset. A keeper is pivotably mounted within the chamber to engage the spring latch. A pivotably mounted kicker cooperates with the keeper. A pivotably mounted dead latch release is supported by the keeper when the spring latch is within the strike. The keeper is released by the actuator and rotates into a position to ramp the spring latch out of the strike, also allowing the dead latch release to release the dead latch into the cavity, allowing the spring latch to be ramped out of the strike. Pivoting the keeper causes the kicker to urge the spring latch onto an exit ramp on a face of the keeper. The dead latch release can be installed in a plurality of different locations in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Hanchett Entry Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Dominik Scheffler, Scott Sullivan
  • Patent number: 11414904
    Abstract: A latch assembly having an emergency auxiliary release member located in a stowage compartment of a motor vehicle, such as a front trunk, is provided. The latch assembly has a coupling lever that is actuatable to move to a disengaged position if a predetermined condition is met, such as and engine on/off condition or a vehicle speed condition, for example, whereupon the latch assembly is prevented from being fully release, but only allows the latch assembly to move to a partially released state. Upon the predetermined condition be absent, the coupling lever is returned to a position such that the latch assembly can then be fully released from either a passenger compartment of the vehicle or the trunk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Magna BOCO GmbH
    Inventors: Jörg Thomas Klein, Vladmir Lebsak, Henrik Johann
  • Patent number: 11407568
    Abstract: The invention relates to means for sealing measuring instruments and equipment, specifically to seals with a blockable rotor to enable monitoring for unauthorized access to instruments measuring consumption of electrical and heating energy, natural gas and water. A seal with a rotor comprises a transparent body (1) made from a high-strength plastic and formed with a cylindrical cavity (2) having a blind end and openings (3) which are formed on lateral sides of the cavity (2) and through which a flexible sealing element passes, and a rectangular cavity (4) which is installed at the open end of the cavity (2), transversely with respect to the latter, wherein the cavities (2) and (4) are interconnected. A rotor (6) is arranged in the cavity (2) so as to be rotatable in one direction. Openings for the flexible sealing element are formed in the lateral walls of the cavity (2) and in the rotor. A cross-shaped blocking element (9) is installed at one end of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventors: Serghei Cerbari, Alexandr Lubenschii
  • Patent number: 11403971
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a self-locking security seal of the type mostly used within the scope of transporting goods, for the secure closure of containers or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventor: Luciano Grapsa
  • Patent number: 11401743
    Abstract: A camera housing includes a simplified draw latch for securing a first portion and a second portion of the camera housing together. The draw latch can include a draw hook and a wireform mid-linkage. The draw latch enables a user to easily open and close a camera housing, and to establish an air-tight or water-tight seal between the housing portions for use in various activities, including scuba diving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Evan L. Coons, Joshua P. Davies, Todd Lewis
  • Patent number: 11384571
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hood latch system for a vehicle comprising a hood having a striker, the system comprises: a spring loaded claw rotatable between an engaged position in which the striker is locked in place by the claw, and an open position in which the striker is disengaged from the claw, and a main pawl rotatable between a first position in which the claw is held in place by the main pawl in the engaged position and a second position in which the claw is released by the main pawl whereby the claw is allowed to rotate into the open position. When the main pawl is caused to be activated for rotating from the first position to the second position by a crash acceleration force, the main pawl is configured to prevent the striker from being released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Bishop Otim Obita, Christer Dominique, Monika Majewska
  • Patent number: 11377881
    Abstract: A lock for a motor vehicle hood having a catch suitable for fastening a striker, a pawl that cooperates with the catch in order to block the catch in closing position, a safety lever that guarantees the additional closing of the striker, a first spring that stresses the catch towards an opening position, a second spring that stresses the pawl towards a closing position, a third spring that stresses the safety lever towards closing position, a first Bowden cable connected to the pawl to pull the pawl towards the opening position, and a second Bowden cable connected to the safety lever to pull the safety lever towards the opening position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventors: Roberto Bartola, Alessandro Gioacchini
  • Patent number: 11371272
    Abstract: Portable door locks are disclosed. One of the portable door locks includes i) a non-destructively removable door mount securable to a vertical door edge, ii) a deflection arm extending longitudinally from a distal arm end to a proximal arm end, and iii) a door frame engagement latch connected to the deflection arm proximate the distal arm end. The proximal arm end is connected to the door mount. The deflection arm is rotatable relative to the door mount between at least a biased position and a deflected position. The door frame engagement latch is movable relative to the deflection arm between at least a door frame latching position and a door frame gliding position. The door frame engagement latch is biased toward the door frame latching position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventors: Becky Berenika Pesacov, Baruh Pesacov
  • Patent number: 11371261
    Abstract: A locking system and a method for using the same are provided. The locking system including a solenoid actuated locking mechanism. The locking mechanism having an armature coupled to a first end of a bell crank and a locking pin coupled to a second end of the bell crank. The activation of the solenoid linearly drives the armature in a first direction along a first axis and the locking pin in a first direction along a second axis where the first axis is generally perpendicular to the second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: TLX Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Nathan Shimon, Francis R. Byle
  • Patent number: 11365561
    Abstract: A fenestration hardware assembly includes a blade socket including a blade recess and an operator interface feature rotatably coupled with an operator housing. A latch blade is movably coupled with the operator housing. The latch blade is movable between deployed and withdrawn positions. In the deployed position at least a portion of the latch blade is received in the blade recess of the blade socket. In the withdrawn position the portion of the latch blade is recessed from the blade recess. The operator interface feature is rotatable between at least locked and unlocked configurations. In the locked configuration the latch blade is in the deployed position and received in the blade recess. In the unlocked configuration the latch blade is translated from the deployed position to the withdrawn position and withdrawn from the blade recess according to rotation of the operator interface feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Marvin Lumber and Cedar Company, LLC
    Inventors: Ross Michael Hollermann, Nathan H. DeBoer, Daniel Jon Curtis
  • Patent number: 11352731
    Abstract: An appliance lid lock mechanism provides a lock pin that may be extended into or withdrawn out of a lock cavity that receives a strike attached to the appliance lid interacting with the lock pin when the lid is closed. The lock pin communicates with the electric actuator on the opposite side of the lock pin from the lock pin's entry into the lock cavity by means of sidebars passing to the side of the lock cavity. The lock bar and sidebars are substantially coplanar with an actuation axis to prevent passage of liquid along these elements between the lock pin and the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Randy S. McDonald, Jeffrey J. Krieger, Michael K. Hintz
  • Patent number: 11339589
    Abstract: An interchangeable electro-mechanical lock core for use with a lock device having a locked state and an unlocked state is disclosed. The interchangeable electro-mechanical lock core may include a moveable plug having a first position relative to a lock core body which corresponds to the lock device being in the locked state and a second position relative to a lock core body which corresponds to the lock device being in the unlocked state. The interchangeable electro-mechanical lock core may include a core keeper moveably coupled to a lock core body. The core keeper may be positionable in a retain position wherein the core keeper extends beyond an envelope of lock core body to hold the lock core body in an opening of the lock device and a remove position wherein the core keeper is retracted relative to retain position to permit removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: dormakaba USA Inc.
    Inventors: Brendon Allen, John Andrew Snodgrass, Street Anthony Barnett, III, Michael Hans Viklund
  • Patent number: 11339590
    Abstract: A vehicle hood latch and method of unlatching a vehicle hood is provided. The vehicle hood latch includes a housing; a ratchet pivotally mounted on the housing; a pawl pivotally mounted on the housing and biased into engagement with the ratchet; a pin fixed for conjoint movement with the pawl; a double pull lever operably mounted to the housing and having an abutment surface configured for operable engagement with the pin, and a primary safety catch lever operably mounted to the housing. The primary safety catch lever is configured to pivot from a locked first position to an unlocked second position. The primary safety catch lever moves from the first locked position to the second unlocked position in response to translational movement of the double pull lever caused by engagement of the pin with the abutment surface of the double pull lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: MAGNA CLOSURES S.P.A.
    Inventor: Francesco Cumbo
  • Patent number: 11332959
    Abstract: A fenestration hardware assembly includes a blade socket including a blade recess and an operator interface feature rotatably coupled with an operator housing. A latch blade is movably coupled with the operator housing. The latch blade is movable between deployed and withdrawn positions. In the deployed position at least a portion of the latch blade is received in the blade recess of the blade socket. In the withdrawn position the portion of the latch blade is recessed from the blade recess. The operator interface feature is rotatable between at least locked and unlocked configurations. In the locked configuration the latch blade is in the deployed position and received in the blade recess. In the unlocked configuration the latch blade is translated from the deployed position to the withdrawn position and withdrawn from the blade recess according to rotation of the operator interface feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Marvin Lumber and Cedar Company, LLC
    Inventors: Ross Michael Hollermann, Nathan H. DeBoer, Daniel Jon Curtis
  • Patent number: 11332964
    Abstract: A latch assembly includes a forkbolt biased to rotate in a first direction about a first pivot point, and a detent biased to rotate in a second direction about a second pivot point, the detent configured to engage with the forkbolt in at least two different positions. The latch assembly further includes a lever having a first end coupled to the detent and a second end biased toward the forkbolt. The latch assembly further includes a switch configured to detect a position of both the forkbolt and the combined lever and detent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: STRATTEC SECURITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Strole, Nicholas Schafer, Julie Zier
  • Patent number: 11326371
    Abstract: A tool for adjusting the backset of a latch bolt. The latch bolt includes a latch bolt and a tailpiece. A housing receives the latch bolt and includes a transversely extending protrusion. A casing slidably receives the housing such that the protrusion on the housing is received in a slot on the casing and an inner end of the tailpiece extends from the housing and casing. The casing is rotated relative to the housing to allow relative axial movement between the casing and the housing when transitioning between the first backset position and the second backset position. The tool includes a member defining a first slot for receiving the inner end of the tailpiece and a pair of second slots for receiving the pair of ears such that rotation of the tool rotates the tailpiece and the casing simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY Access and Egress Hardware Group, Inc.
    Inventors: William S. Middelaer, Christopher Hill, Todd Zimmer, Brian R. Fournier, Christine E. Voelker
  • Patent number: 11313156
    Abstract: The manual release mechanism described herein enables a passenger to attempt to manually open the transit door, but delays opening until the vehicle is no longer moving. A motion transfer device (14) moves to an unlocking position of the door lock (10) only when the manual release mechanism is activated to store energy in a mechanical energy storage device (40), and an electromechanical device (26) is de-energized to release the motion transfer device (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: WESTINGHOUSE AIR BRAKE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andre Stojc, Daniel Filion
  • Patent number: 11313151
    Abstract: A locking device assembly for a door located at a door frame. The locking device assembly includes a door strike assembly including a magnetized ferromagnetic material and a latchbolt assembly located at the door. The latchbolt assembly includes a latchbolt and a magnetic field sensor, wherein the magnetic field sensor senses a magnetic field provided by the door strike assembly. The door strike assembly includes, in different embodiments, a magnet located in a frame of the door strike assembly or a magnetic roller. The magnetic field sensor includes a magnetometer configured to determine the presence of a magnetic field provided by the door strike assembly. In the event that the door strike assembly has been removed to defeat the locking device, the lack of the magnetic field indicates that a security condition exists. An alert is provided to indicate the existence of the security condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventor: Dan Pfunder
  • Patent number: 11313157
    Abstract: A latch assembly for opening and closing a vehicle luggage room may include: a base installed on an end portion of an opening and closing member to open and close a vehicle luggage room; a power conversion member to convert the rotational force of a drive motor into a linear motion; a claw to grip and restrain the striker when the opening and closing member is closed; a pawl to inhibit the rotation of the claw so that the claw maintains a state of having the striker restrained; an error lever installed to rotate with the pawl and configured to rotate so that the pawl is separated from the claw; and a link member to rotate the claw so that the claw grips the striker, when the power conversion member makes the linear motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA CORPORATION, PYEONG HWA AUTOMOTIVE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yong-Hyuck Im, Young-Hoon Ko