Patents Examined by Chiedu Chibogu
  • Patent number: 9676298
    Abstract: A longitudinal adjustment device for a motor vehicle seat has two pairs of rails. It includes a locking device for each pair of rails. It has a common actuating unit for the two locking devices, the unit interacting with both locking devices and includes a handle. The actuating unit has an electric drive motor, a gearbox which is connected to the electric drive motor, an actuator and preferably a setting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: C. ROB. HAMMERSTEIN GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Wilfried Beneker, Antal Teer, Burckhard Becker
  • Patent number: 9653775
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a microwave antenna adjustment apparatus, which relates to the field of communications technologies and is invented for resolving a problem that an existing adjustment apparatus has a low horizontal adjustment precision and is costly. The present invention is applicable to adjustment of a microwave antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shanghong Xiao, Fangrong Jiang, Youhe Ke
  • Patent number: 9637028
    Abstract: A longitudinal adjuster in the interior of a motor vehicle, has an upper and a lower rail, between which at least one rolling body is provided. A projection is provided on the upper and/or lower rail, the projection forming a local contact point between the two rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: JOHNSON CONTROLS GMBH
    Inventors: Tobias Ewald, Alfons Steilmann, Thomas Willing, Christoph Beckers, Erhard Hassler, Matthias von Berg
  • Patent number: 9629351
    Abstract: A fishing rod holder for use on a square tube is made from a single length of stiff wire that is bent to form a top leg and a bottom leg that both embrace and contact the square tube be being bent to grip side walls of the square tube with a middle portion of the fishing rod holder bent to form a forward U-shaped channel with an upward facing opening that a forward portion of a fishing rod rests in and a rearward U-shaped channel with a downward opening that restrains the upward movement of the fishing rod handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Ronald E. Boots
  • Patent number: 9611881
    Abstract: A mounting system can be used to releasably attach a first item to a second item. In one example, the first item can be a protective encasement for a mobile electronic device, and the second item can be a bicycle mount, suction cup mount, vehicle surface, office surface, or home surface. The mount assembly can include a first housing portion connected to a second housing portion, and can include a cam and torsion spring disposed within a housing volume defined by the first and second housing portions. A recess in the mount assembly can receive and retain a mounting cleat associated with the first item. One or more clasp mechanisms of the mount assembly can be configured to clasp the mounting cleat when it is inserted into the recess and to release the mounting cleat when the first housing portion is rotated relative to the second housing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: OTTER PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Tofigh Khodapanah, William Wai-Chung Chow, Jonathan H. Guerdrum, Paul B. Koh
  • Patent number: 9603487
    Abstract: The invention relates to a self-cleaning deadweight holder configured to hold a deadweight within a cooking apparatus. In some embodiments, the holder may comprise a top plate, an exhaust cylinder, a bottom plate, a plurality of support plates, and a plurality of guide plates. The top plate may include a through hole disposed at substantially a center of the top plate and configured to allow at least one of liquid and steam to pass therethrough. An outer diameter of the bottom plate may be less than an outer diameter of the top plate and an outer diameter of each of the plurality of guide plates, and the plurality of guide plates may be configured to permit movement of the deadweight therethrough. In some embodiments, the cooking apparatus may comprise a cooking chamber, a steam box, a vent tube, an exhaust tube, a drain tube, and a pressure relief tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Henny Penny Corporation
    Inventors: Gary F. Summons, Brian K. Brooks
  • Patent number: 9592768
    Abstract: A universal mounting for a light bar which is adjustable in a vertical direction as well as pivotable and tiltable along pitch and roll axes, respectively, longitudinal and lateral of the vehicle to enable leveling of the light bar on the roof while attaching the light bar to the vehicle. There are two mountings which are attached to the light bar under opposite ends thereof. Each mounting has a fixed bracket attached to the roof and an adjustable bracket clamped to the fixed bracket with a mounting bolt threadedly engaged in a pivot connection in the adjustable bracket to enable adjustment about the pivot axis. The pivot connection may also be movable vertically (up or down) with respect to the roof. Vertical and pivotal adjustability facilitates alignment of the bolt in a threaded fastener in the pivot connection. The adjustable bracket has upper and lower parts. The upper part is connected to the light bar and is tiltable with respect to the lower part about the roll axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: STAR HEADLIGHT & LANTERN CO., INC.
    Inventor: Steven W. Neufeglise
  • Patent number: 9590403
    Abstract: A wire management system and, more particularly, a wire management system including at least one wire track unit having mount rotatably positioned on the wire track unit along with an integrally formed tension tab for holding wires in the wire track assembly during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: A. RAYMOND ET CIE
    Inventor: Nicholas Jackson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9568282
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for mounting accessories on device, such as a camera, binoculars, firearm, weapon, and the like. The apparatus, system, and method may include a mounting device, which may be a bracket or rail. The apparatus, system, and method also include a safety mechanism that may be an integral part of the mounting device, or may be coupled or attached to the mounting device. The safety device allows accessories to be attached to the mounting device, but also prevents inadvertent detachment of the accessories from the mounting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Wooden Camera, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan Reed Schorman
  • Patent number: 9556972
    Abstract: A cable manager includes a first portion and a second portion that cooperate to retain at least one cable. The first portion of certain types of cable managers is configured to be held in one or more rotationally fixed positions relative to the second portion. For example, the second portion may include at least one retaining arm that extends at least partially over a cable cradle of the first portion when the second portion is rotated to a closed position and that allows access to the cable cradle when rotated to an open position. The first portion of certain types of cable managers is configured to be held in one of a plurality of axially fixed positions relative to the second portion to accommodate cables of different diameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Gordon John White
  • Patent number: 9553357
    Abstract: An antenna mounting system for use with recreational vehicles and boats as well as stationary objects. The system includes a pedestal securable to the recreational vehicle and an antenna head containing an antenna element and securable to the pedestal. The pedestal has an upstanding male portion slidably receivable in a mating, female portion of the antenna head. In assembling the system, the male and female portions are first axially aligned and then moved axially toward each other to a predetermined, operating position where they are snapped together in a locking engagement. Anti-rotation structure including one or more pairs of mating, channels and protuberance is also provided to prevent the pedestal and antenna head from being rotated relative to each other about their aligned axes (and the coaxial cable running through them from being twisted) as they are moved together to the predetermined and locked, operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Winegard Company
    Inventor: Marty R. Taeger
  • Patent number: 9540840
    Abstract: A foldable umbrella base may include a cross-piece having a ground engaging portion and an upright receptacle configured to receive an umbrella pole. The foldable umbrella base may also include a foldable container comprising a ballast retaining space configured to receive and retain a ballast material. The foldable umbrella base may also include a foldable cover configured to be disposed over the foldable container to enclose the foldable container and cross-piece while permitting the umbrella pole to extend therethrough. A first plurality of retainers may be coupled to a side surface of the foldable container may be configured to receive and hold a corresponding first plurality of rigid members such that the first plurality of retainers can provide structural support to the foldable container, whereby the foldable container can retain a shape upon receiving the ballast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventor: Oliver Joen-an Ma
  • Patent number: 9534657
    Abstract: A shock absorber spring is provided. The shock absorber spring is constructed as a single unit having an internal shaft which passes back through the coils of the spring. A first end of the internal shaft is secured to a stationary object (such as the top of a washing machine) while the second end of the internal shaft is surrounded by the spring and hangs down in a generally vertical orientation. The second end of the shock absorber spring is then secured or hung to the heavy, moving object and allows the heavy, moving object to move in a restricted, desired manner by dampening and absorbing the vibrations of the object. The shock absorber spring has an internal travel limiter which may make contact with an extended bump located at the bottom of the internal shaft wherein the internal travel limiter contacts the extended bump and prevents the shock absorber spring from over compressing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: SHAMROCK INTERNATIONAL FASTENER, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Waichulis
  • Patent number: 9526381
    Abstract: The invention provides a mounting system for a wall mounted accessory which includes a first component (12), which is attachable to a wall (13), having a spigot (30), and a second component (14), to which the accessory (16) is attached, which has a tubular element (20) and a clamping means (22) which projects into an interior of the tubular element, which has, at one end, a clamp head (46) and which is actuatable, when the tubular element is passed over the spigot (30) and the spigot (30) is located between the clamp head (46) of the clamping means and an inner wall (72) of the tubular member, to draw the clamp head (46) into abutment with the spigot to clamp the spigot between the clamp head and the inner wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Andrew Keith Maclaren-Taylor
  • Patent number: 9526338
    Abstract: A mounting bracket for a slide assembly includes a side wall, an end wall, at least one installation member, a stop, and a resilient member. The end wall is substantially perpendicular to the side wall. The at least one installation member is connected to the end wall. The stop is pivotably connected to the side wall and includes a first portion and a middle portion which is connected to the first portion. The middle portion has a first end portion. The resilient member provides a force to the stop to position the first end portion of the stop to be located corresponding to the end wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignees: King Slide Works Co., Ltd., King Slide Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken-Ching Chen, Shun-Ho Yang, I-Ming Tseng, Chun-Yi Ho, Chun-Chiang Wang
  • Patent number: 9496700
    Abstract: A clamp assembly includes a body member and a keeper. A cable groove is formed in the body member to receive a cable. The keeper has a lower surface to engage the cable received in the cable groove. A threaded fastener connects the keeper to the body member. A recess is formed in the body member to receive a washer on the fastener. The recess is defined by first and second walls in which the first wall has a larger height than the second wall. A biasing member is disposed on the threaded fastener between the keeper and the body member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Jason L. Bundren, Seydou Diop, Paul F. Zelazny
  • Patent number: 9487072
    Abstract: An anti-vibration device bracket is provided that is capable of suppressing deformation due to contact with a member coupled to an engine side, and also capable of suppressing liquid ingress from the engine side. A anti-vibration device bracket 70 supports an anti-vibration device main body 12 on a vehicle body, the anti-vibration device main body 12 including an inside attachment member 14 coupled to an engine bracket 90, an outside attachment member 16 coupled to the vehicle body, and a resilient body 18 that couples together the inside attachment member 14 and the outside attachment member 16.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tatsuya Tsutsumi, Keita Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 9474263
    Abstract: An implement holder that removably attaches to a container, comprises a frame and a support. The frame contains a pair of open slots. The slots define an engagement tab therebetween. The tab flexes in response to a force. The support projects from one side of the frame and is configured to support an implement. The holder is attached to the container by (i) positioning the frame relative to the container such that the support is outside the container, (ii) aligning the slots of the frame on a rim of the container such that the tab is inside the rim, and (iii) pushing the frame onto the rim to cause the tab to flex and allow the frame to slidably engage a wall of the container along the slots, such that the tab is biased against the wall and securely holds the frame to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: Christopher M. Roberts
  • Patent number: 9480182
    Abstract: A cable management arm (CMA) for arranging cables extending from at least two areas of an electronic equipment chassis includes first and second cable management mechanisms and first and second supporting mechanisms. The first cable management mechanism serves to arrange cables extending from one of the chassis areas and includes a supporting bracket. The first supporting mechanism serves to support the first cable management mechanism and includes a fastener. The second cable management mechanism serves to arrange cables extending from the other chassis area and includes a supporting bracket releasably mounted to the fastener of the first supporting mechanism. The second supporting mechanism serves to support the second cable management mechanism and includes a fastener releasably mounted to the supporting bracket of the first cable management mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignees: King Slide Works Co., Ltd., King Slide Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken-Ching Chen, Shun-Ho Yang, Chi-Chih Chou, Chi-Wei Wu, Chun-Chiang Wang
  • Patent number: 9435626
    Abstract: A fixture apparatus for positioning an optical component has a transparent base. An adjustment plate that is formed from a transparent material is kinematically coupled to the base. Support posts extend from the adjustment plate for seating the optical component. A number of alignment elements extend from the transparent base for aligning one or more edges of the optical component seated on the support posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Wesley J Buth, Ying Li, Paul F Novak, Rashid Abdul-Rahman, Kevin Lee Wasson