Patents Examined by Carlos Lugo
  • Patent number: 10443278
    Abstract: A gate lifter latch having a striker assembly having a striker pin, the striker assembly mounted to the free end of a gate, and a catch lifting assembly mounted to a latch post, the catch lifting assembly having a pivoting lift arm that receives a striker pin, such that during closure of the gate the pivoting lift arm pivots upward and raises the striker pin and free end of the gate. The gate lifter latch may further have a manual or automatic gate latch assembly for securement of the gate in the closed position. The components of the gate lifter latch are preferably structured such that the gate lifter latch may be disassembled and reassembled for use with either a left or right inswing or outswing gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: John C. Moody
  • Patent number: 10435923
    Abstract: A swing type power door lock actuator includes a housing having mounted therein a drive unit, which includes a motor, a transmission unit, which includes a screw shaft connected to the motor and a transmission seat threaded onto the screw shaft, and a swing unit, which includes a sector gear meshed with the transmission seat and a swing arm connected to the sector gear. When the motor is started, the screw shaft is driven to move the transmission seat, causing the sector gear to bias the swing arm between a locking position and an unlocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Taiger International Corp.
    Inventor: Li Cheng
  • Patent number: 10422159
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a rod guide for mounting a latch rod to an enclosure. A guide member can include a guide-member support surface and a guide opening to receive the latch rod. A base member can include a base-member support surface. The base member can support the guide member with the guide opening at different distances from the surface of the enclosure when the guide-member support surface is seated on the base-member support surface with the guide member disposed at different respective rotational orientations relative to the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Hoffman Enclosures, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Nepsha, Bruce W. Larson
  • Patent number: 10415277
    Abstract: A hood latch assembly for a vehicle is provided. The assembly includes a first latch that is rotated in a first opening direction by a first lever disposed within a driver's seat, to push a striker mounted on a lower surface of a hood to pop up the hood. A second latch restricts or releases the striker to couple or decouple the hood to or from a vehicle body. A second lever rotates the second latch to allow the second latch to release restriction of the striker, and a housing accommodates the first and second latches and the second lever. Additionally, an extendable lever is disposed at a side of the second lever, and extends, when the hood is popped up, to protrude outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Kyung-Tae Lee, Tae-Young Cho, Jong-Il Shin, Won-Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 10415278
    Abstract: A door latch device for a vehicle comprises an operation pawl lever interlocked with a door handle which is mounted on a door, the operation pawl lever configured to rotate; a support pawl lever including a guide hole, and coupled to a rotating shaft that linearly moves along the guide hole, the support pawl lever being pressed in a first direction by the operation pawl lever when the operation pawl lever rotates in a first rotation direction; a claw lever configured to be restricted from rotating by a support part disposed on the support pawl lever, wherein the support pawl lever moves in the first direction when the operation pawl lever presses the support pawl lever to keep the door in a closed state, wherein the support part protrudes in a second direction different from the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Dong Wuk Choi, Jong Chul Oh, Ki Ryun Ahn, Hyuk Noh, Jong Ho Park
  • Patent number: 10407950
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch device includes: a seal sticking portion at which an upper seal portion of a waterproof seal is stuck, and which is provided upward in a protruding manner at an upper portion of a body accommodating portion; an upper positioning unit which is provided at a lower edge and a side edge on an extra-vehicle side of the seal sticking portion, the upper positioning unit being configured to receive and position a lower surface and an end face on the extra-vehicle side of the upper seal; and a side positioning unit which is configured to position a side seal portion of the waterproof seal to be directed diagonally downward, and which is provided on a surface on an intra-vehicle side of the cover where the side seal portion is stuck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsui Kinzoku Act Corporation
    Inventors: Masakazu Akahori, Chenming Zhang
  • Patent number: 10400477
    Abstract: An electronic deadbolt operator for a deadbolt lockset comprises an electronic actuator that rotates a powered driver and a follower that has a lost motion connection with the powered driver, enabling the follower to rotate with the powered driver when the follower is inside its range of travel, and enabling the powered driver to rotate freely of the follower after the follower is pushed to a travel limit. The follower is mounted to a connector driver, which drives the deadbolt, to toggle between two oppositely-disposed off-center positions relative to the connector driver. In one off-center position, only clockwise rotation of the powered driver is operative to rotate the follower. In the opposite position, only counterclockwise rotation of the powered driver is operative to rotate the follower. The interaction between the powered driver, the follower, and stops causes the follower to toggle to an opposite position after hitting a stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Townsteel, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles W. Moon, Ernst K. Mitchell, Sybor Ma
  • Patent number: 10400486
    Abstract: A rotor member in a locking device is rotatably supported in a base member, is connected to a locking member by projecting to the back side from an opening portion formed in a mounting seat face, and drives the locking member in accordance with the operation of an operating member. A first locating portion of the base member abuts or is near an edge portion of the opening. A second locating portion is inserted into a locating hole formed in an opening and closing member. The first locating portion projects further toward the back side than the second locating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: PIOLAX, INC.
    Inventor: Hisashi Nakasone
  • Patent number: 10392839
    Abstract: An apparatus has an actuator housing with a transmission side that defines a transmission slot. A slider is disposed in the actuator housing and has first and second ends which define a post receiver. The slider is movable between a first and second position. The post receiver is aligned with the slot when the slider is in the first position and the second position. A lever pivotably connected to the actuator housing is configured to move the slider from the first position to the second position. The transmission has an elongate element with a first and second end which is disposed outside the actuator housing and substantially parallel to and proximate the transmission side. A post extends from the first end and is received in the post receiver. A locking element is disposed proximate the second end of the first elongate element and is configured to receive the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: TRUTH HARDWARE
    Inventors: Glen M. Wolf, David L. Snyder
  • Patent number: 10385593
    Abstract: A remote control device for a vehicle includes an interior handle coupling lever that rotates in accordance with manipulation of an interior manipulating handle, an exterior handle coupling lever that rotates in accordance with manipulation of an exterior manipulating handle, and a switch device. The switch device includes an interior manipulation detector for detecting rotation of the interior manipulating handle, an exterior manipulation detector for detecting rotation of the exterior manipulating handle, and wiring members each having a detector connection terminal and an external connection terminal connected to the interior manipulation detector or the exterior manipulation detector. The remote control device further includes a body and a housing. The body accommodates the interior manipulation detector, the exterior manipulation detector, and the wiring members and has a connector portion enclosing all of the exterior connection terminals for the wiring members. The housing covers the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: Toshio Machida, Yasutaka Shinoda, Shinsuke Takayanagi, Satoshi Takeno, Takeshi Nishikibe, Kohei Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10385596
    Abstract: A lid lock device attached to a vehicle includes: a housing; and a lock member which includes a main shaft portion, an intermediate portion extending from the main shaft portion, and a tip end portion extending from the intermediate portion and thinner than the main shaft portion, which is provided in the housing to be movable in an axial direction, and in which at least the tip end portion and the intermediate portion are disposed outside the housing, wherein the intermediate portion is configured to be narrow from the main shaft portion side toward the tip end portion side and the intermediate portion is provided with at least one inclination surface inclining downward in a direction toward the outside of the vehicle in a width direction of the vehicle and inclining to a central axis in a direction toward the tip end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: Eisuke Nakanishi, Toshihiro Kitamura, Takumi Niwa
  • Patent number: 10378252
    Abstract: A two-motor power latch assembly for a motor vehicle closure system configured to provide a power cinching feature and a power release feature. The power cinching feature is configured to retain the ratchet in a cinched striker capture position with the pawl disengaged from the ratchet. The power release feature is configured to move the ratchet from its cinched striker capture position to a cinch release striker capture position for unloading the seals prior to release of the ratchet to its striker release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA CLOSURES S.P.A.
    Inventors: Franco Giovanni Ottino, Francesco Cumbo, Marco Taurasi, Enrico Margheritti
  • Patent number: 10377463
    Abstract: An aircraft having a hatch and a fall-protection device includes a structure comprising a roof pierced with an opening, a cover plate, and a lock provided to adopt a locking position, in which the lock holds the cover plate in the closed position in the opening, or, alternatively, an unlocked position, in which the lock does not hold the cover plate. The aircraft further comprises at least one fall-protection device provided so that, when the lock moves into the unlocked position, it is in a first position to allow movement of the cover plate under the influence of gravity from its closed position to an intermediate position, in which the cover plate is suspended from the structure and then moves from the first position into a second position, during which movement the cover plate moves from the intermediate position into an open position, no longer attached to the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Yannick Chourreau, Loic Challancin
  • Patent number: 10370874
    Abstract: A vehicle lock arrangement for a vehicle door, having a vehicle lock with a lock element such as a pawl, at least one actuation lever to deflect the lock element and thereby to open the vehicle lock, and at least one elongate force transmission element, which couples the at least one actuation lever to a respective door handle. At least one crash detection element in the form of an elongate force transmission element for the transmission of pulling forces is provided, which in the installed state extends through a part of the motor vehicle door and is coupled to a control mechanism, which control mechanism may be switched to a disabling state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Brose Schliesssysteme GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft
    Inventors: David Rosales, Stepan Hanke, Nathalie Westhoff
  • Patent number: 10364592
    Abstract: A locking assembly including first and second hubs rotatably mounted in a case, a latch assembly which retracts in response to rotation of either of the hubs, and a locking member which selectively prevents rotation of at least one of the hubs. A sensor assembly is associated with at least one of the hubs, and is configured to transmit a signal in response to rotation of the at least one hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Sundar Raj Dore Vasudevan, Dilip Bangaru, Adam Michael Litwinski, Allen Madrid
  • Patent number: 10352072
    Abstract: A door handle assembly. The assembly includes a bezel including a depressed base and an integral support bracket. A latch handle is operatively disposed within a first chamber at the bezel interior and a lock knob including a resiliently compressible body is disposed within a second chamber. The lock knob is supported between a pair of opposing bosses. The latch handle is supported between a boss and an opposing wall aperture. The supporting bosses and wall aperture are concentrically oriented with the latch handle and lock knob being supported in rotatable relation about a common axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel R Collado, Walter Belchine, III
  • Patent number: 10352069
    Abstract: A locking lever includes: a pair of lever pieces connected to each other to be relatively rotatable; and a spring member which extends about rotating axes of the lever pieces, of which both end portions engage with the lever pieces, and thereby, which biases the lever pieces to rotate in opposite directions, wherein contact portions, which come into contact with each other based on a biasing force of the spring member and thereby, are able to hold relatively rotating positions of the lever pieces, are provided in the lever pieces, respectively, wherein the spring member has spring end portions extending in a radial direction of the rotating shaft, and wherein an engagement surface with which the spring end portion comes into contact in a circumferential direction of the rotating shaft is provided on at least one of the lever pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Ryohei Yamane, Sadayuki Makino
  • Patent number: 10343611
    Abstract: A vehicle assembly includes an interior body panel having an outer surface including an opening portion, and a lid removably mounted to the body panel. The lid has a closed position for covering the opening portion and an opened position. Engagement between the lid and the body panel is adapted to allow the lid to pivot at least partially into the opening portion as the lid is moved from the closed position to the opened position. The lid defines a lid body having an exterior surface. An edge portion of the exterior surface is continuous and without interruption about a periphery of the exterior surface so that the lid body exterior surface is flush with the body panel outer surface about the entire periphery of the lid body exterior surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Emily G. Lawrence, Toshimitsu Shimizu, Jason Dilley
  • Patent number: 10344505
    Abstract: An opening prevention device for a sliding door which is slidably installed in a side surface of a vehicle is provided. The opening prevention device includes a vehicle movement detection unit that is installed within a vehicle body of the vehicle and is configured to detect movement of the vehicle, and a door opening prevention unit that is installed in the vehicle body and configured to prevent lateral translation of the sliding door when the vehicle movement detection unit detects movement of the vehicle. Additionally, an opening prevention latch is installed on the sliding door to be engageable with a portion of the door opening prevention unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Hyung-In Yun
  • Patent number: 10344509
    Abstract: A latch assembly comprises a backplate, a lock lever, and a latch member. The lock lever is operable by a user to unlock the latch assembly such that the latch member is free to rotate relative to the backplate and allow a gate to be opened. The lock lever is attached to the backplate and is free to move relative to the backplate for operation of the latch assembly. The latch member is attached to the backplate and is free to move relative to the backplate while the latch assembly is in an unlocked configuration, but is prohibited from to moving relative to the backplate by the lock lever while the latch assembly is in a locked configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Brett Bledsoe