Patents Examined by Carlos Lugo
  • Patent number: 10273725
    Abstract: A powered door latch system for vehicles includes a controller configured to receive data concerning vehicle operating conditions. The door latch system also includes at least one electrically powered door latch having a powered actuator that can be actuated by the controller to unlatch the electrically powered latch. An emergency release is mechanically connected to the electrically powered latch to mechanically release the latch. The system also includes a user communication device such as a display screen that is operably connected to the controller. The user communication device provides a user with information concerning the location and/or operation of the emergency release if a predefined operating condition such as a loss of electrical power has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Robert Bruce Kleve, Ronald Patrick Brombach, Rajesh K. Patel
  • Patent number: 10273724
    Abstract: A door lock device includes a latch mechanism which is releasably engaged with a striker and which has an operation receiving part for releasing engagement of the striker, a link movable between an unlock position where the engagement of the striker can be released and a lock position where the engagement cannot be released, and a lock plate for positioning the link into the unlock position or the lock position. A push lever 60, upon operation of the door handle, releases engagement of the striker by the latch mechanism 11 via the link 30 positioned in the unlock position and the operation receiving part 28. A bearing part 64 of the push lever 60 is rotatably supported by a bearing part 70 integrally formed in a main case 15.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: U-Shin Ltd.
    Inventors: Mikio Yamagata, Tetsuya Shimosawa
  • Patent number: 10267067
    Abstract: An apparatus for preventing a vehicle door from opening includes an outside handle having a pulling lever which extends from the outside handle into a housing. A release cable protector case is hingedly connected to an upper side of the housing to pivot. A release cable is connected to a lower side of the release cable protector case to be pulled. A handle associated lever includes a rotary shaft which is pivotally attached to a lower side of the housing, a locking lever which extends from the rotary shaft and is in contact with an outer surface of the pulling lever, and a cable-operating lever which is connected to an edge of the locking lever and pulls the release cable. A first return spring surrounds the rotary shaft of the handle-associated lever and has one end fixed to the rotary shaft and another end fixed to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Chang Dong Kim
  • Patent number: 10267072
    Abstract: A door handle apparatus for a vehicle includes a frame member, a handle body including a handle shaft portion, a bearing member including first and second holding portions arranged away from each other in a rotation axis direction of the handle shaft portion held at the bearing member and defining a holding void for holding the handle shaft portion, the bearing member being supported at the frame member in a state where the bearing member is rotatable between an assembly completion position and an assembly ready position, and a holding release inhibition mechanism inhibiting a release of a state where the handle shaft portion is held at the holding void by restricting an operation of at least one of the first and second holding portions in a case where the handle body receives a load in a predetermined direction while the bearing member is at the assembly completion position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Masaki Yoshino, Koichi Nagata
  • Patent number: 10259559
    Abstract: A hidden latch system for an interior structure of an aircraft includes at least two engagement features coupled to an interior structure of an aircraft. Each of the at least two engagement features includes an engagement portion, an engagement rod, and a self-centering feature. The engagement portion is configured to engage and release the engagement rod, and the self-centering feature is configured to self-center the engagement rod in at least one direction. Further, the engagement portion is configured to release the engagement rod using a cable pull system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Troy N. Terry, Jasen P. Schoales
  • Patent number: 10258219
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a household appliance (1) comprising a front wall (2); an opening (3) that is disposed on the front wall (2) and that enables the items to be placed therein; a cover (4) closing the opening (3), a tenon (5) disposed on the cover (4); and a lock (9) disposed on the front wall (2) and having a body (6) that remains behind the front wall (2), a latch (7) that is pivotally connected to the body (6), that the tenon (5) rotates by pushing while being placed into the body (6), that enables the tenon (5) to be kept inside the body (6) and that has a locking position (C) wherein the tenon (5) is kept inside the body (6) and a free position (O) changed by rotating as the tenon (5) is dislodged, and the lock (9) further having a spring (8), one end of which is connected to the body (6), one end to the latch (7), that is compressed by the rotation of the latch (7) and that enables the latch (7) to resume its former position by transferring the stored energy to the latch (7) when the latch
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Emre Ayaroglu, Celal Vatansever
  • Patent number: 10246913
    Abstract: A vehicle door lock device includes: a latch mechanism configured to enable a vehicle door to maintain a closed state in a vehicle body; and a lock mechanism configured to set an unlocked state or a locked state, wherein the lock mechanism includes an inside opening lever connected to an inside door handle, and capable of being operated so as to be rotatable around a lever support portion between an initial position and a maximum operation position, an opening link capable of switching between a first position and a second position, a lock operation lever capable of being operated so as to be rotatable around the lever support portion between an unlocking position and a locking position, and a lever actuating mechanism actuating the inside opening lever toward the initial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Makoto Suzumura, Kenji Okada, Sho Sannohe, Kosuke Tsukamoto, Yasuhiko Sono, Takeshi Tada, Eiji Torii, Yoshiki Odaka
  • Patent number: 10233673
    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: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventor: Manjunatha Ramakrishna
  • Patent number: 10227795
    Abstract: A gate latch comprises a pivot point formed by a bolt and a collar, the collar extending from a bottom plate and into the hole of a top plate. The bolt extends into the collar and retains the top plate on the collar and the bottom plate. For example, the gate latch includes a biasing mechanism, such as a spring, secured within a slot of the bottom plate and protected from accidental damage that could occur if the spring were more exposed. The latch may be reversible using a plate that can be flipped in either right or left opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Mark Weldon
  • Patent number: 10221594
    Abstract: A cabinet lock includes a first knob mount and a separate second knob mount. The first knob mount is arranged to mate with a doorknob carried on a first cabinet door. The second knob mount is arranged to mate with a doorknob carried on the second cabinet door to retain the first and second cabinet doors in closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Laura Kay Raffi, Kevin V Maloney
  • Patent number: 10214944
    Abstract: An opening-and-closing device for vehicle door includes: a close-latch mechanism which holds a door at a closed position; an open-latch mechanism which holds the door at an opened position; an electric-powered releasing mechanism which operates the close-latch mechanism; an open-latch interlocking mechanism which operates from an initial position toward a canceling direction in conjunction with an operation of the open-latch mechanism from an unlatched position to a latched position; and a relay mechanism which changes a state of a transmission path of releasing operation from a connected state to a disconnected state to allow returning of a first ratchet which has stopped in a releasing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsui Kinzoku Act Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Hanaki, Kohei Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10196838
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch device which efficiently performs connecting a motion-transmitting member to an operating lever and attaching an auxiliary cover to a housing simultaneously from one direction is provided. The auxiliary cover comprises a holding portion which is capable of holding the motion-transmitting members to the side facing a coupling area; and positioning mechanism which can position coupling portions of the motion-transmitting member. Without fixing the auxiliary cover to the coupling area, the motion-transmitting members are held by the holding portion. The coupling portions are positioned by the positioning mechanism. By fixing the auxiliary cover to the coupling area, the coupling portions can be coupled to coupled portions of the operating levers which are stationary at a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Tomoharu Nagaoka, Hideaki Nozawa
  • Patent number: 10196842
    Abstract: A door handle assembly includes a bracket mountable to the door and an insertion member received in and retained in the bracket via a retaining mechanism. The retaining mechanism includes a biasing member and a movable locking member that retains the insertion member in the bracket. The movable locking member is biased into a securing position by the biasing member when the insertion member is fully received in the bracket to retain the insertion member in the bracket. The movable locking member is selectively displaceable from the securing position against a force of the biasing member either to permit insertion of the insertion member in the bracket during assembly or to accommodate disassembly by permitting the insertion member to be removed from the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Huf North America Automotive Parts Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventors: Lynn D. Da Deppo, Ehab Kamal, Suat Kaya, Yusuf Yanikoglu
  • Patent number: 10184277
    Abstract: A lock and method of locking a lockable volume is described. The lock may be located on a door of a lockable volume, such as a locker configured to hold an item. The lock may comprise a post and a cam, the cam having an opening corresponding to the size and shape of the post. The cam is rotatable about an axis, wherein the rotation of the cam about the axis releasably secures the post within the opening, thereby locking the door to which the post is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Donald E. Irwin, Nan K. McKenzie, William Albert Tartal, Victoria K. Stephen, Michael J. Amato
  • Patent number: 10174528
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motor vehicle door handle for locking and/or activating a door of a motor vehicle, having a handle housing and a pulling handle arranged in the handle housing, wherein in a closed position the pulling handle terminates flush with the handle housing and/or rests in the handle housing and can be moved into an operating position in which the pulling handle protrudes outward from the handle housing and it can be gripped from the rear, wherein when the pulling handle is pulled manually in the operating position the door lock and/or the door opens, wherein the pulling handle has two articulation points spaced apart from one another, wherein the pulling handle is mounted at the first articulation point in an articulated fashion at one end of a first rotary lever, and is mounted spaced apart therefrom at the second articulation point in an articulated fashion at one end of a second rotary lever, wherein the two rotary levers rotate about rotational axes in order to move the pulling handle f
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Mensur Velicanin
  • Patent number: 10151125
    Abstract: A hatch cover lock comprises a front member including a pair of flanges, a rear member positioned between the pair of flanges; a gap defined between front member and the rear member; a clamp defining a J-shaped cross-section in a plane normal to a length thereof, the clamp having one leg thereof disposed in the gap and having another leg thereof disposed parallel to an outer surface of the rear member and at a distance therefrom, a handle, a first pivotal connection between the handle and the front member, a gravity lock, a second pivotal connection between the gravity lock and the handle, and a weld-free connection between the main portion of the rear member and the main portion of the front member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: New York Air Brake, LLC
    Inventor: Michael E Ring
  • Patent number: 10151124
    Abstract: The invention relates to a Bowden cable, particularly for a motor vehicle lock with a locking mechanism, comprising a rotary latch and at least one pawl for locking said rotary latch in a main latching position and a pre-latching position, preferably with a closing aid for moving said rotary latch from the pre-latching position into the main latching position. The Bowden cable comprises a securing device designed such that said Bowden cable can be adjusted and fixed in place by means of a translational movement, or that this adjustment can be fixed by deformation of at least one deformation tab. This allows said Bowden cable to be mounted in a particularly simple manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Kiekert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Jan Faitl, Pavel Rybar
  • Patent number: 10137996
    Abstract: An apparatus and method according to one or more embodiments are provided for a latching mechanism. The latching mechanism may be implemented, for example, as a positive lock latching mechanism that provides a positive indication when a latch is not engaged. In one example, an apparatus includes a latch arm comprising a slotted hole and a latch hook configured to engage a pin. The latch includes a bifold handle coupled to the latch arm, the bifold handle comprising a first handle portion and a handle extension portion, wherein the first handle portion comprises a lock hook configured to translate through the slotted hole to engage the pin and the handle extension portion is configured to move away from the first handle portion when the lock hook is not engaged with the pin. Additional systems and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Mitchell L. R. Mellor
  • Patent number: 10138657
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motor vehicle door lock, with a locking mechanism consisting of a rotary latch and a pawl, wherein, in the closed state of the locking mechanism, the pawl bears with the locking contour thereof against a latching contour of the rotary latch, wherein the locking contour is formed in two parts with a retaining contour and a rolling contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Kiekert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thorsten Bendel, Armin Handke, Matthias Ochtrop, Michael Herrmann, Andreas Sohlbach
  • Patent number: 10132107
    Abstract: A vehicle latch is provided having a ratchet, a primary pawl, an auxiliary ratchet and a secondary pawl, and further including a gear that is movable to a secondary pawl locking position wherein the gear directly blocks movement of the secondary pawl and locks the secondary pawl in an auxiliary ratchet holding position to prevent premature or unintended opening of the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Magna Closures Inc.
    Inventor: Kris Tomaszewski