Patents Examined by Carlos Lugo
  • Patent number: 11225750
    Abstract: A door latch for a domestic electrical appliance is provided, which door latch has an electromotively driven locking element for locking the closed door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Inventors: Markus Lang, Georg Spiessl
  • Patent number: 11214982
    Abstract: The parts forming the force transmission connection from the spindle shaft of the handle of the lock body to the bolt include a spring, which is also arranged to transfer force. The spring is used to eliminate the protrusion of the bolt caused by tolerance variations, when the handle installed into the lock body is turned to its extreme position to open the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: ABLOY OY
    Inventor: Juha Raatikainen
  • Patent number: 11214985
    Abstract: A ball-latch mechanism comprising a plunger supported in a housing and linearly movable from a loaded to an extended position, a trigger rotatable from a latched position, which interferes with linear movement of the plunger, to an unlatched position, which permits linear movement of the plunger from the loaded position, a bias element biasing the plunger from the loaded position, a cocking mechanism comprising a lever arm rotatable about a lever axis from a retracted position within the housing, wherein a bearing surface of the lever arm is outside of a range of motion of the plunger, and a cocked position, wherein the bearing surface of the lever arm bears against the plunger and the plunger is in the loaded position, whereby the plunger may be forced to the loaded position by the lever arm by application of torque to a torque receiving surface of the lever arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Moog Inc.
    Inventors: Glen C. Hawkins, John A. Andrews, Robert G. Pace
  • Patent number: 11214991
    Abstract: The invention relates to a door handle module (10) for a door handle unit (100) on a vehicle (200), in particular a commercial vehicle (200), said door handle module (10) being used to integrate an electronic unit (20) for the door handle unit (100). The door handle module (10) includes at least one covering element (11) on which at least one electronic element (21) of the electronic unit (20) is arranged, and at least one fastener (12), the door handle module (10) being securable to a module holder (110) on the door handle unit (100) by means of at least one fastener (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Lars Gabriel
  • Patent number: 11214994
    Abstract: A retractable outside door handle assembly for a vehicle is provided. The assembly includes an outside door handle that protrudes outward in a width direction of a vehicle or is receivable into an opening formed at a door outer panel. A front link has a first end portion connected to be rotatable with a front portion of the outside door handle along the length direction of the vehicle. A connecting link connected to be rotatable with a second end portion of the front link at a first end portion thereof and installed to be movable along the length direction of the vehicle. A rear link includes a first end portion connected to be rotatable with a second end portion of the connecting link and a second end portion is connected to be rotatable with the outside door handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jongho Han, Kyoung Taek Kwak, Jinwoo Nam
  • Patent number: 11203888
    Abstract: Latches including a slot having a length that allows a striker of the latch to move from a normal closed position downwardly toward the closed bottom of the slot into an over travel position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Gecom Corporation
    Inventors: Bryan Farris, Brian Kepler
  • Patent number: 11203890
    Abstract: An energizable electromagnet of a door locking system is affixed to the door or the door frame for electromagnetically attracting an armature affixed to the other. A power control circuit is configured to selectively energize the electromagnet using a pulse-width modulated current cycle wherein two levels of magnetic force may be selectively applied to the system. A door position sensor is configured to provide a first communication signal to the power control circuit when the door is in a closed position. A second communication signal is provided when the door is not in the closed position. The electromagnet is energized at the lower level of magnetic force when the power control circuit receives the first communication signal and at the higher level of magnetic force only when an unauthorized attempt to open the door is initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Hanchett Entry Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett L. Davis, Randall Shaffer
  • Patent number: 11199030
    Abstract: An exemplary closure system includes, among other things, a striker assembly, a latch assembly, and a hooked structure. In response to the striker assembly and the latch assembly being laterally displaced from each other, the hooked structure engages one of the striker assembly or the latch assembly to block separation of the striker assembly from the latch assembly. An exemplary latching method includes, among other things, engaging a hooked structure in response to a striker assembly being laterally displaced relative to a latch assembly. The engaging blocks the striker assembly from separating relative to the latch assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Bejune, Barton Heldke, Huanan Tong, Jason Sobick
  • Patent number: 11193303
    Abstract: A door handle assembly that allows for easy removal and switching of handles. Such an arrangement may provide the flexibility to change handle orientation and interchange handles based on a user's circumstances or preferences such as when a door handle is configured as a lever having a curved shape. Further, the door handle may be configured as a door lock having a keypad access control. The face of the keypad accessible from outside the door may include auxiliary battery terminals to provide the user with easy accessibility for providing temporary power to the door lock with an auxiliary battery should the installed batteries housed within the door lock fail to provide sufficient power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY Residential Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Morstatt
  • Patent number: 11187009
    Abstract: A striker assembly includes a housing, a striker, and a spring. The housing has opposed sidewalls, each of which defines an aperture. The striker extends between the sidewalls of the housing with end portions of the striker positioned within respective apertures defined in the sidewalls. Each of the pair of end portions defines a surface extending in a transverse direction. The spring has a pair of end portions. Each spring end portion contacts the surface of a respective striker end portion. The spring is engaged with the housing to bias the end portions of the striker toward a centered position of the respective apertures. At least one of the end portions of the striker is movable transversely within the respective aperture away from the centered position of the respective aperture and is biased toward the centered position of the respective aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Butler Frame, Brandon Vaughan Hastings, Richard B. Langkamp, Jr., Ismael Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 11162281
    Abstract: An adjustable latch configured to accommodate different backset lengths. The adjustable latch includes inner and outer housings, at least a portion of the inner housing being structured for axial and rotational displacement within the outer housing as an engagement projection of the inner housing is displaced about an adjustment slot of the outer housing. The apparatus may include a bolt assembly having a bolt rod and a latch bar, the bolt rod having projections that are structured to be adjacent to the latch bar when the bolt rod is at a first rotational position and at first or second axial positions. When the bolt rod is at a second rotational position, the axial positions of the bolt rod and the inner housing relative to at least the latch bar and outer housing, respectively, may be adjusted to adjust the backset setting of the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventor: Manjunatha Ramakrishna
  • Patent number: 11136798
    Abstract: A home appliance in which an opening and closing operation of a door and a turning operation of a handle are connected through five joints, so that the turning operation of the handle can be performed smoothly, and a latch for fixing the door to a body moves to a position parallel to the door when the door is opened, so that a user is prevented from being interfered with the latch while opening the door and using a cavity of the home appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventors: Wan Gi Park, Ji-Hoon Choi, Young Jun Cho, Han Seong Kang, Hwa Gyu Reo, Simon Ireland, Byeong Woo Ahn, Pung Yeun Cho, June Young Lee
  • Patent number: 11131125
    Abstract: The object of the invention is a motor vehicle door lock, comprising a lock case (1) connected to a motor vehicle door (5, 6, 7) and a lock housing (2) connected to the lock case (1). In addition, a fastening element (11) for additional fixing of the lock housing (2) on the motor vehicle door (5, 6, 7), is provided. According to the invention, the fastening element (11) is designed so as to be removable both from the lock case (1) and the lug (11) coupling with the lock housing (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventor: Armin Handke
  • Patent number: 11131118
    Abstract: A latchbolt retractor (12) is described herein. The latchbolt retractor (12) comprises a latchbolt retraction mechanism (30) mounted to a carriage (28). The latchbolt retraction mechanism (30) comprising a latchbolt assembly coupler (32) for operational coupling to a latchbolt assembly (22). The carriage (28) is configured to slide along at least one rail (14,16) for positioning the latchbolt assembly coupler (32) relative to the latchbolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventors: Marc Cohen, Daniel Mascia, Zsolt Szarka-Kovacs, Jonathon Woodcock
  • Patent number: 11131116
    Abstract: A gate-latching assembly is configured for utilization with a gate assembly. The gate assembly includes a stationary gate post configured to be mounted to, and to extend from, a working surface once the stationary gate post is mounted to the working surface, and in which the gate assembly also includes a movable gate door configured to be movable relative to the stationary gate post. There is provided a combination for utilization with the gate assembly. The combination includes any one of (A) a striker base assembly and a striker member, (B) a latch base assembly and a latch assembly, and/or (C) a striker base assembly, a striker member, a latch base assembly and a latch assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventors: Timothy Patrick Ward, Douglas Arnold Selwood
  • Patent number: 11118379
    Abstract: A method for controlling a motor vehicle door lock includes using a control unit. After actuating the inner door handle the control unit, the switch positions of the switch are queried, and depending on the position of a locking mechanism sensor, a drive is activated or deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventor: Christian Barmscheidt
  • Patent number: 11118377
    Abstract: An exit device located in a door frame having a door strike including a latchbolt assembly, a pushbar assembly, and a link assembly. The latchbolt assembly includes an extended position configured to engage the door strike, and a retracted position configured to move past the door strike. The pushbar assembly moves from a released position to a pressed position to move the latchbolt assembly from the extended position to the retracted position. The link assembly is operatively connected to the pushbar assembly and includes a security link having an elongated aperture and a pin configured to extend through the elongated aperture about which the security link rotates. A keeper surrounds the pin and supports the security link for rotation. In the event of extreme heat, the keeper melts and the security link moves to a position to substantially prevent opening of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Walter T. Blanchard, Jack R. Lehner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11118381
    Abstract: A latch mechanism includes a detent lever attached to a vehicle, and a release lever attached adjacent the detent to move between a pulled position, pushing the detent lever to an unlocked position responsive to activation of a release handle, and a released position, releasing the detent to move to a locked position responsive to deactivation of the release handle. A forkbolt is attached to the vehicle to move between: a first position—engaging the detent, retaining the striker at one location, and latching a compartment closure assembly closed; a second position—disengaging the detent, retaining the striker at another location, and latching the closure assembly in one pop-up position; a third position—reengaging the detent, retaining the striker at yet another location, and latching the closure assembly in another pop-up position; and a fourth position—disengaging the detent and allowing the closure assembly to open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignees: GM Global Technology Operations LLC, PyeongHwa Automotive Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: James N. Nelsen, Sung Han Kim
  • Patent number: 11078690
    Abstract: Provide a door latch apparatus with a childproof lock mechanism that is only a projecting portion of the childproof lock mechanism is movable in the release direction interlocked with an opening operation of an inside lever, so that the degree of freedom of arrangement and design of several kinds of parts assembled in a housing can be increased. A release actuating member is supported movably in an elongated guide hole of a childproof lever from a standby position to a release position. When the childproof lever is in a childproof unlocking position and when an inside lever is carried out the opening operation, a projecting portion contacts to the inside lever and moves in the opening direction, so that the release actuating member moves to the release position against a biasing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventors: Tomoharu Nagaoka, Hideaki Nozawa
  • Patent number: 11078689
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a motor vehicle lock, wherein the motor vehicle lock comprises an actuating lever which is pivotable about an actuating lever axis. The motor vehicle lock has an adjustable crash element which is adjustable into a released position in which the locking pawl is disengageable by an actuation of the actuating lever and into a crash position in which the crash element blocks the actuating lever in a blocked position or decouples the actuating lever from the locking pawl. It is proposed that the crash element is coupled to the actuating lever such that, with an actuation of the actuating lever and depending on the actuating lever speed, the crash element reaches the released position from a central position either in a first adjusting direction or the crash element reaches the crash position in a second adjusting direction and is latched in the crash position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Brose Schliesssysteme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Ludger Graute, David Rosales