Patents Examined by Carlos Lugo
  • Patent number: 11898383
    Abstract: A hood lock device has a base plate having a striker groove, a primary latch configured to fasten a hood in a totally closed state, and a secondary latch, the secondary latch has a latch main body of steel and a handle of resin, and the latch main body has a forcing meshing portion configured to come into engagement with a striker passing across a half opening position and moving to a totally closing position and to be pressed in a latching direction opposite to an unlatching direction by the striker in a case that a hook portion configured to lock the striker recedes from the striker groove and a mounting portion provided adjacent to the forcing meshing portion and on which the handle is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: MITSUI KINZOKU ACT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kumiko Sato
  • Patent number: 11892120
    Abstract: An attachment system for a locking system mounted to a closure is provided. A baseplate is fastenable to a mounting surface of the closure, the baseplate including at least one circumferential cutout having an engagement feature, and a locking feature on a surface of the baseplate. A housing has at least one protrusion insertable into the at least one circumferential cutout and is rotatably engageable with the engagement feature to selectively prevent the housing from being withdrawn from the baseplate in a direction normal to the mounting surface. A locking device is disposed inside the housing and is accessible from outside the housing through a cutout defined in at least one of the housing and the baseplate, the locking device operable to rotatably lock and unlock the housing to the baseplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: dormakaba USA Inc.
    Inventor: James David Bacon-Brown
  • Patent number: 11887425
    Abstract: An entry/exit detection locking device includes a knob axle of a lock and an engaging and holding unit and a retention unit. The knob axle includes upper and lower rotary axles each formed with a notch. The engaging and holding unit is arranged at one side of the knob axle. The retention unit is arranged below the knob axle. The retention unit is connected through a control circuit to a card reader at an outdoor side. Through adjustment, the engaging and holding unit is set in engagement with the notch of the upper rotary axle or the notch of the lower rotary axle to achieve a locked state for exit or entry. Rotating the knob axle for entry or exit triggers the retention unit to make a record of the exit or entry. The engaging and holding unit is connected to the card reader to enable unlocking through card swiping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Inventor: Te-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 11879276
    Abstract: A door handle device for a vehicle includes a handle base including an inertia stopper and an operation handle including a stopper protruding portion. The operation handle is movable from an initial position to a use position and to a latch operation position. The inertia stopper has two stopper surfaces and is to rotate from a standby position to a regulation position due to inertia when a collision force is applied to the vehicle. The stopper protruding portion includes a first stopper to, when the operation handle is at the initial position, limit a movement of the operation handle toward the use position by abutting against one of the stopper surfaces, and a second stopper to, when the operation handle is at the use position, limit the movement of the operation handle toward the latch operation position by abutting against another one of the stopper surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: ALPHA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takao Toyama
  • Patent number: 11866988
    Abstract: The present gate includes a barrier frame and a gate in the barrier frame. The gate is opened by inserting a foot into a foot opening in the gate, which action compresses springs disposed about pivot pins between the gate and the barrier frame and draws an extended latch downwardly and out of a latch receiver that is bottomless, which action unlatches and frees the gate from the barrier frame such that the gate can be swung open. Downward travel of the gate is minimized until a foot pushes a pivoting stop out of the way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Carlson Pet Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Flannery, Brian G. Linehan, Elizabeth R. Volk
  • Patent number: 11859421
    Abstract: A door security device for an out-swing door includes a mounting plate secured to the door, a hinge pin assembly supported by the mounting plate proximate the door outside edge, a clasp swing plate secured to the hinge pin assembly for pivotal movement between unlocked and locked positions, a door frame anchor bolt received in a clasp cut-out of the clasp swing plate captured behind an enlarged anchor bolt head in the locked position in a lowermost position of the clasp swing plate, the clasp swing plate biased by force of gravity to the lowermost position, and the mounting plate having a first receiver top surface at the hinge pin vertical axis, the first receiver top surface defining the uppermost position of the clasp swing plate in an unlocked position parallel to the mounting plate and defining the lowermost position of the clasp swing plate in the unlocked position perpendicular to the mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Inventor: John Reger
  • Patent number: 11859420
    Abstract: A container seal includes a locking bolt, which has on one end portion or central portion thereof a push-in/latch compartment which is open in the transverse direction relative to the lock axis and is formed or provided with an undercut acting in the direction of the latch compartment opening; a clip or tab, wherein the clip or tab is arranged on the other end portion of the locking bolt; and a bolt or bar which is arranged on the free end/end portion of the clip or tab and has on the free end/end portion thereof a latch device which is coupled to the bolt via a predetermined breaking point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Aesculap AG
    Inventors: Stefan Thomas, Andreas Elisch
  • Patent number: 11859419
    Abstract: A handle system for a vehicle and a control method for the handle system includes a handle body, a touch sensing device and a controller. The touch sensing device includes one or more sensing circuits. The handle body is arranged on a vehicle door, and the touch sensing device is arranged in or on the handle body and is capable of generating a corresponding sensing signal in response to a touch on the handle body. The controller is capable of generating a corresponding control signal according to the sensing signal, and controlling, according to the control signal, a handle driving device. The handle driving device drives the deploying or retracting of the handle body, and performs activation, locking and other control operations on a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Bin Chen, Wenquan Sha
  • Patent number: 11859408
    Abstract: An opening device for a door lock is provided. The opening device includes a driver rigidly connected to an inside handle; an inside shaft designed to rotate an internal latching mechanism of the door lock, the inside shaft having a follower and a through cavity; a first gear engaged rotationally to the driver; an outside shaft designed to be rotated by an outside handle, the outside shaft including a cylindrical part disposed inside the through cavity of the inside shaft, a polyhedral part engaged with the outside handle, and a gear seat located at end of the cylindrical part and outside of the inside shaft; a second gear slidable along the gear seat; an engagement mechanism causing the first gear and the second gear to be engaged, thereby causing the driver to engage the follower, which causes the inside shaft to rotate in response to rotation of the outside shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Kindoo LLP
    Inventors: Gilbert Eid, Michael Chaftari
  • Patent number: 11851917
    Abstract: A double pull latch assembly and method of unlatching a panel. The double pull latch assembly includes a pull rod, a selector lever, and a linkage, wherein the selector lever is selectively disposed in a first feature or second feature of the linkage. In another embodiment, the double pull latch assembly includes a release arm, a lever, and a hold open lever to hold the lever in the intermediate position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: INTEVA PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Sinai Perez, Eduardo Estrada, Manuel Escamilla, Donald M. Perkins, Luis Vazquez, Carlos Tostado
  • Patent number: 11851188
    Abstract: A flexible actuation assembly for an aircraft component may include a flexible linkage including at least one primary element. The at least one primary element may be coupled to at least one locking pin of the flexible actuation assembly via at least one interlocking assembly. The flexible linkage may be coupled to an actuator of an aircraft component. The flexible linkage may be configured to retract the at least one locking pin from a lock position when a load applied to the actuator is translated through the flexible linkage. The flexible linkage may be fabricated from a material with a spring force able to return the at least one locking pin to the lock position when the load is removed from the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: AMI Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas A Foisie, Kyler J. Marutzky
  • Patent number: 11846120
    Abstract: A vertical door latch assembly includes a housing and a bolt movably attached to the housing having a catch portion. A drive motor is located within the housing and is configured to selectively move a lock assembly between a locked position preventing movement of the bolt and an unlocked position allowing movement of the bolt. A battery assembly is removable from the housing when the lock assembly is in first position and fixed to the housing when the lock assembly is in a second position. A controller is in electrical communication with the drive motor and is configured to direct the actuator lock assembly between the locked position and the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Hill, Anthony Pettigrew, Eric Chang, Christopher Marks, Patrick Sweeney
  • Patent number: 11814884
    Abstract: A manually activated locking device is provided to inhibit and restrict an entry/exit door from opening either outward or inward or both, as installed. In one aspect, the device that can be set from inside the room to be protected from threats or intrusion. In one aspect, the locking device is designed to be tamper-proof from outside the room yet allows access by authorized individuals thereby creating a secure but accessible safe zone for individuals or property inside the zone. In one aspect, the activated locking device may be mechanical system which may prevent hacking on the locking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Inventor: Robert F. Sak
  • Patent number: 11802427
    Abstract: A door handle assembly may have an adjustable door handle having a handle support structure. The assembly may also have an adjusting mechanism for adjusting the door handle between a starting or non-use position and a use position. The adjusting mechanism may have at least one drive unit and a force transfer element which is operatively connected to the handle support structure of the door handle to shift the door handle from the starting or non-use position into the use position or vice versa and which is designed as a roller mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Witte Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Petr Vr{hacek over (s)}eck√Ĺ
  • Patent number: 11788327
    Abstract: A locking device for locking a first component to a second component having a catch element for fastening to the first or second component, the catch element comprising a first latching recess; having a latching unit for fastening to the second or first component; the latching unit comprising a first latching body for engagement with the at least one latching recess of the catch element; the latching unit comprising a release element, which comprises a first receiving opening for receiving the first latching body; and the release element can be moved between a rest position, which arranges the first latching body in the first latching recess of the catch element and in the receiving opening of the release element, and a release position, which releases the engagement between the first latching body and the first latching recess of the catch element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: FACC AG
    Inventor: Wilfried Konrad
  • Patent number: 11788325
    Abstract: In one embodiment a retrofittable soft-close device is configured to close an automobile hatch. Once a cycle is initiated a hook plate may pull a striker towards a latched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Inventors: Kyle Meziere, Michael Meziere, Timothy Meziere
  • Patent number: 11781600
    Abstract: An exemplary torque-limiting spindle includes an input member, an output member, a clutch mechanism, and a bias mechanism. The input member extends along a longitudinal axis, is configured for connection with a handle, and includes a first engagement feature. The output member extends along the longitudinal axis, is configured for connection with a rotatable member of a lockset, and includes a second engagement feature. The clutch mechanism includes the first engagement feature and the second engagement feature. The bias mechanism is engaged with the input member and the output member and exerts a biasing force urging the first engagement feature and the second engagement feature into engagement with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Drake Lunday, Adam M. Litwinski
  • Patent number: 11773619
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a door lock system (10) for an appliance, in particular for a domestic appliance, preferably for a cooking oven. The door lock system (10) comprises a hook element (14) pivotable around a pivot axis between an unlocked released state and a locked released state and movable along a main axis perpendicular to said pivot axis between the locked released state and locked pulled state. The door lock system (10) comprises a first sliding member (18) movable along the main axis and provided for pivoting the hook element (14) to the locked released state. The door lock system (10) comprises at least one further sliding member (20, 22) movable along the main axis and provided for pulling the hook element (14) to the locked pulled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: Electrolux Appliances Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Mario Weber, Diego Cremon, Trevor Specht
  • Patent number: 11767692
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch safety sensor arrangement includes a vehicle body, a door coupled to the vehicle body, a latch arrangement and a sensor arrangement including a door sensor and configured to sense when the door is in the closed position, a latch sensor configured to sense when a latch member is in the engaged position, and a handle sensor configured to sense when a handle is in the closed position, and a controller operably coupled to the sensors and configured to provide feedback to the operator of at least one of (a) whether the door is in a closed position, the latch member is in an engaged position and the handle member is in a locked position, and (b) whether at least one of the door is in an open position, the latch member is in a disengaged position, and the handle member is in the an unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: SAF-Holland, Inc.
    Inventor: Randy L. Schutt
  • Patent number: 11761244
    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: November 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventor: Manjunatha Ramakrishna