Patents Examined by Andrew M Roersma
  • Patent number: 10539265
    Abstract: A vacuum heat insulator includes inner box (403), external plate (401), and gas barrier container (402). Gas barrier container (402) includes core material (423), first member (421) that has a box shape including a first opening portion, and second member (422) that tightly closes the first opening portion. Core material (423) is disposed inside first member (421). Inner box (403) includes a second opening portion. Gas barrier container (402) is disposed inside inner box (403). The second opening portion is closed by external plate (401). First member (421) has such a shape that an outer face of first member (421) fits with an inner face of inner box (403).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoaki Kitano, Hideji Kawarazaki, Toshiaki Hirano, Tsuyoki Hirai
  • Patent number: 10527337
    Abstract: An ice bank detachably mounted on a base member located at a refrigerator door, the ice bank including a front wall, a rear wall, both side walls, a bottom wall, a top opening, an ice storage space is defined by the front wall, the rear wall, both side walls and the bottom wall, a blade cover coupled to the rear wall, an ice crushing space is defined by the rear wall and the blade cover, a rotation shaft extending through the blade cover and the rear wall, a second connection unit coupled to the first portion of the rotation shaft and detachably mounted to a first connection unit of a driving unit which is mounted to the base member, a transfer unit coupled to the second portion of the rotation shaft and disposed within the ice storage space, an ice crushing unit coupled to a third portion of the rotation shaft and disposed within the ice crushing space, an ice transfer hole provided at the rear wall such that ices are transferred from the ice storage space to the ice crushing space through the ice transfer h
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Gue-Sec Hwang
  • Patent number: 10512341
    Abstract: This showcase (10) for conserving and displaying objects in a protective environment comprises a frame (20), at least one drawer (30), a pair of sliding guides (40) for each drawer (30), and a motorised actuation system (50) formed by a first arm (51) and an actuator (52). The showcase (10) with this motorised actuation system (50) makes it possible to minimise the vibrations and the sudden movements of the drawers (30) when opening and closing, hence it limits accelerations at any point of the travel, thus allowing the correct conservation of the objects displayed in the drawers (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: GOPPION S.P.A.
    Inventor: Alessandro Goppion
  • Patent number: 10499738
    Abstract: A slide rail assembly includes a first rail, a second rail, a mounting member, a third rail, a fourth rail and an engaging member. The mounting member includes a first part, a second part and a third part. The first part and the second part are connected to the third part and respectively extended along different directions. The third rail is connected to the first part of the mounting member, and the third rail is movable relative to the first rail. The fourth rail is connected to the second part of the mounting member, and the second rail is movable relative to the fourth rail. The engaging member is movably mounted to the mounting member. The engaging member is configured to allow the mounting member to be synchronously moved with the second rail along a predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignees: King Slide Works Co., Ltd., King Slide Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken-Ching Chen, Shun-Ho Yang, Kai-Wen Yu, Chun-Chiang Wang
  • Patent number: 10502480
    Abstract: A shelf in a cooled compartment (10) has gaskets (32,42) selectively attachable and removable at sides (22,24,26) of the shelf. The gaskets (32,42) are configured to obstruct the flow of air at at least a portion of a gap between the shelf and a wall (14,16,18) of the compartment (10) on the side of the shelf where the gasket is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Salvador Ponce de Leon Dominguez, Danny Ray Parker, Jr., Troy Botts, Sandeep Kumar
  • Patent number: 10499736
    Abstract: A pullout cage apparatus is provided which is comprised of a base frame removably mounted to a pair of robust drawer slides. The drawer slides are coupled to each other by a pair of cross braces, which are in turn mounted to the base of a cabinet frame. A retainer cage is rigidly mounted to the base frame. The retainer cage supports a plurality of adjustment brackets, which allow adjustment of a face plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Hardware Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Chen, Justin Corless
  • Patent number: 10499732
    Abstract: The present disclosure refers to systems applied to cabinet body that mates quick mounting and fixing, applied to the furniture area specially to steel cabinets, for joining took apart pieces by fitting and screwing them or for mounting and joining them by welding. The cabinet body presents steel back part having a bend that forms a small backlash and with eyebolt-shaped reliefs for quick mounting the cabinet boxes. The top part has a wedged-shaped bend that when is joined to the strip-shaped steel plate having the wedge bend opposed to the one of the back part, it can be fixed to any wall, and a quick installation of the cabinet box on the wall is allowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Victor Penna Costa
  • Patent number: 10480847
    Abstract: A domestic appliance includes a housing and an appliance component which is disposed on the housing, is separate from the housing and is movable relative to the housing. A handle which is disposed on the appliance component has a handle recess which can be gripped from above and which is delimited by a front wall of the handle and a slanted bottom wall of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Tobias Heisswolf, Simon Kraemer, Alfred Raab, Christian Schmid, Ralph Staud, Thomas Tischer, Philipp Kleinlein, Andreas Kessler
  • Patent number: 10473383
    Abstract: A refrigerator shelf translation system for a refrigerating appliance includes a movable shelf, a guide structure provided with one or more indentations, and a fixed anchoring component associated with the movable shelf and movably associated with the guide structure. The movable shelf is held in a fixed position relative to the guide structure when there is cooperation between at least one locking span of at least one anchoring component and at least one indentation of the guide structure and, on the other hand, the movable shelf may be shifted vertically relative to the guide structure when distancing from all possible locking spans of all possible anchoring components and their respective indentations of the guide structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Edson Isaltino Bento, Luiz Afranio Alves Ferreira, Rafael da Cunha Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10465972
    Abstract: A container (10) has a plurality of storage spaces arranged in rows. The container (10) is installable on the inner side of a door (11a) of a refrigerator (1). The storage space of the frontmost row is shallower than at least one of the storage spaces of back rows when the container (10) is installed on the door (11a). The refrigerator (1) includes a refrigeration compartment (1), and a door (11a) installed on the refrigeration compartment (1). At least one container (10) is installed on the inner side of the door (11a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Yuya Hasegawa, Yohei Morita
  • Patent number: 10458696
    Abstract: A storage bin assembly for a refrigerator is provided. The storage bin assembly includes a base portion having opposed outer end sidewalls upwardly extending from the base portion. A flap is pivotally coupled to the opposed outer end sidewalls where the flap is configured to rotate between a closed position and an open position where the flap is positioned beneath the base portion. A top cover is coupled to a receiving slot portion of the opposing outer end sidewalls where a first magnetic member is positioned in a holding member proximate the top cover. A second magnetic member positioned in a receiving member of the flap that selectively engages the first magnetic member to define a magnetic connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Szymon Matusiak, Krzysztof Krawczyk, Giuseppina Arresta, Maurizio Valle, Christine Nortey
  • Patent number: 10455937
    Abstract: A drawer release is described. The drawer release includes a handle portion pivotally or rotatably engaged to a fixed portion, and the fixed portion is attached to or connected to a drawer. The handle portion includes at least one engaging member that engages a lever or actuator of a drawer-slide of the drawer to open or release the drawer. The drawer release provides for the one-handed opening of the drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Austin Hardware & Supply, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Steven Jeffries, Norman Allen Smith
  • Patent number: 10458698
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a refrigerator. The refrigerator comprising, a housing comprising a storage compartment, a door configured to open or close the storage compartment, a rotating bar provided at the door to be rotatable and configured to be located at a first position when the door opens the storage compartment and to be located at a second position lower than the first position when the door closes the storage compartment, and a guide part provided at the housing and configured to guide rotating of the rotating bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yeon Soo Ham, Bu Kil Jeong, Jong-Woo Han
  • Patent number: 10448736
    Abstract: A washable cabinet and a method of manufacturing said washable cabinet are disclosed. The washable cabinet includes a base and at least two opposing side walls extending from the base. The base is provided with a longitudinal recess for collection of liquid. The longitudinal recess is disposed essentially parallel to an upper surface of the base. The base is further provided with a longitudinal trough disposed below the longitudinal recess. The longitudinal recess is disposed with one or more first apertures for drainage of liquid into the longitudinal trough. The longitudinal trough is provided with one or more second apertures for drainage of liquid to the atmosphere. The cabinet formed form a single continuous sheet of material having fold lines thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: BELINTRA, INC.
    Inventors: Charlotte Vanliefde, Peter Van der Vennet
  • Patent number: 10451338
    Abstract: A storage system and a refrigeration appliance including the storage system for storing food items in a temperature-controlled environment are provided. The storage system includes at least one rail with at least one elongated main portion extending along the width of the refrigerator door and two support arms on each side of the elongated main portion, and a plurality of detachable storage bins. The two support arms attach the rail to at least one mounting structure of a plurality of mounting structures formed within the liner panel and spaced vertically along the height of the interior of the refrigerator door. The storage bin has an arm extending from a rear surface of the bin and configured to be placed between the rail and the liner panel when the bin is placed in a storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos Cordero, Dennis Schenk
  • Patent number: 10443924
    Abstract: A refrigerator may include a partition wall that isolate a first storage compartment from a second storage compartment. A third storage compartment is provided in the partition wall to be recessed downwards from an upper surface of the partition wall. An opening is formed on the upper surface to allow storage objects to be placed into the storage space. A door covers the opening of the third storage compartment and is configured to be moved in a direction parallel to the upper surface of the partition wall to selectively open or close the opening. An elastic-force assembly may apply a restoring force to the door when the door is moved to open the third storage compartment. A slide assembly that guides movement of the door may include a speed dampener that reduces a speed of the door when the door is moved to close the third storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Daejin Choi, Hyehyun Sim, Jongpil Kim, Yongwoon Park
  • Patent number: 10448535
    Abstract: A rail clamp latch holder is provided. The rail clamp latch holder includes a grippable portion and a rail portion disposed at a forward side of the grippable portion. The rail portion includes first and second pairs of opposed latches which are configured to latch onto a rail and which are disposed at first and second longitudinal ends of the rail portion, respectively, a tab, a locking pin and an elastic member. The tab is insertable into a rail latch. The elastic member extends along a longitudinal axis of the rail portion and elastically couples the locking pin and the tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Robert R. Genest, Arthur Higby, Leung M. Hung, Mateusz Koziol
  • Patent number: 10440854
    Abstract: A slide rail unit includes: an outer rail; a middle rail housed in the outer rail, being slidable in a longitudinal direction of the outer rail; an inner rail housed in the middle rail, being slidable in a longitudinal direction of the middle rail; and a lever disposed between the outer rail and the middle rail, being slidable in the longitudinal direction of the outer rail. The lever includes a lever projecting portion configured to lock a slide of the middle rail when the lever is drawn out by a predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Noriyoshi Yoneda
  • Patent number: 10436503
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a refrigerated compartment and a door configured to selectively seal the refrigerated compartment. A drawer assembly is mounted in the refrigerated compartment. The drawer assembly includes a glide and a drawer. The glide has a glide rail movable relative to the refrigerated compartment and a glide endcap directly coupled to the glide rail. The drawer has a front wall, a rear wall, a bottom wall, opposing side walls and a retaining clip. The retaining clip is directly coupled to the glide endcap. The retaining clip and the glide endcap prevent the drawer from moving vertically relative to the glide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Chad Rotter, Sanket V Phalak, Jeevan S Yadav
  • Patent number: 10429123
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance is provided herein. The refrigerator appliance may include a cabinet defining a food storage chamber and a door rotatably attached to the cabinet. The door may be movable between an open position permitting access to the food storage chamber and a closed position restricting access to the food storage chamber. The door may include a molded support body, an interior panel, and a gasket. The molded support body may extend across an opening of the cabinet in the closed position and along an interface perimeter of the door. The interior panel may be attached to the molded support body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Alisa Marie Stoops, Bagawathkumar Chellappan