Patents Examined by Christopher Garft
  • Patent number: 11414023
    Abstract: A device for mounting an object on an interior trim of a vehicle. The interior trim forms a depression for receiving the object and has a holder to fix the object in the depression. Advantageously, at least two oppositely arranged protrusions, which function as a first holder and which narrow a loading opening of the depression, are provided and arranged such that during the loading of the depression with the object to be mounted, the object can be inserted into the depression between the protrusions solely with its narrow side in front and is held or can be held in the depression, in particular on all sides, via a subsequent rotational movement about a longitudinal axis of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Philipp Siegler, Thomas Stampe, Roland Klein
  • Patent number: 11414307
    Abstract: Provided is an outrigger pad hoist apparatus that raises and lowers outrigger pads on a mobile crane. The outrigger pad hoist apparatus includes a frame having two arms that form an angle such that frame conforms and may be coupled to a rear end of an elevated deck of a mobile crane system. The outrigger pad hoist apparatus includes a winch mechanism, a chain, and an outrigger pad holder coupled to the chain. The outrigger pad holder moves along the frame via movement of the chain by the winch mechanism. Outrigger pads may be placed on the outrigger pad holder. The outrigger pads may be moved to a lower position for easier removal by operating the winch mechanism. Mobile cranes having the outrigger pad hoist and methods of operation and manufacture are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: TNT Crane & Rigging, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Griego, Sam Romero
  • Patent number: 11415201
    Abstract: A display assembly has a linkage and counterbalance made to provide non-tilting movement of a display at the end of a support arm while providing counterbalance equal to a change in potential energy of the display. The linkage can be a four-bar, parallelogram-shaped linkage, and the counterbalance can include a Scotch yoke configured to store energy in an energy storage device of the assembly as the support arm rotates. The display assembly can improve comfort and ease of moving a supported display while minimizing friction, hysteresis, and counterbalance mismatch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Kristopher P. Laurent, Brett W. Degner, Danny L. McBroom, David H. Narajowski, Edward T. Sweet
  • Patent number: 11408551
    Abstract: Security apparatuses, and methods for providing the same, are described herein. In certain embodiments, a security apparatus includes first and second mounting brackets each including a respective support shelf and a respective support arm. One or more brace elements are attached to the support shelf of each of the mounting brackets. Each brace element includes a respective corner element to be placed over a respective one of four corners of a rectangular shaped portable electronic device. A pair of neck portions are securable to one another with the first and second support arms sandwiched therebetween. A collar is configured to be slid over and encase peripheries of the neck portions. One or more bolts or other fastener(s) extending from at least one of the neck portions, or attached thereto, is/are used to secure the security apparatus to a tabletop of a display table or to another display surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: OnQ Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul F. Chapuis, Steven D. Penny, William B. Tenney
  • Patent number: 11408479
    Abstract: A anti-vibration device (1) includes a bracket (4) made of a synthetic resin and cylindrical metal fittings for fastening (5), where the bracket (4) and the metal fittings for fastening (5) are integrally formed. A vibration input position (P) is a position that does not coincide with a virtual line (L1) passing through central axes (O5) of a through holes (5h) of two metal fittings for fastening (5) in a planar view; the metal fitting for fastening (5) has a flange portion (51); and the flange portion 51 has a first outermost peripheral edge (51a) and a second outermost peripheral edge (51b), where a length (L51a) to the first outermost peripheral edge (51a) is longer than a length (L51b) to the second outermost peripheral edge (51b) based on the center axis (O5) of the through hole (5h).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventors: Tadashi Onishi, Yukiko Abe, Kenichirou Iwasaki, Masato Kobayashi, Kei Yasui
  • Patent number: 11408552
    Abstract: A tablet or smartphone holding system for video and photo shooting is disclosed. The holder is a clip which has a clear, flat, front panel and a back panel which are joined together by an axis. The axis goes through bases on both the front and back panel and has a spring, which generates pressure to press the back panel toward the front panel, with a tablet or smartphone in between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventor: Richard Q Li
  • Patent number: 11408553
    Abstract: A head mount includes a seat body on which a mounting cavity is provided; a conversion structure, and having two connection ends of different specifications; the conversion structure is reversibly disposed in the installation cavity, and the selected connection end protrudes out of the installation cavity by flipping the conversion structure, and is adapted to The photographing device is connected, and the seat body has a limiting structure for preventing the switching mechanism from being turned over after the photographing device is connected to the connecting end. By setting the conversion structure, when it is necessary to connect with the shooting device of different interfaces, the required connection end may be flipped outside the installation cavity to connect with the corresponding shooting device as required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventors: Jie Li, Xiangyu Huang
  • Patent number: 11411377
    Abstract: A connection interface includes a base bracket and a cable connection carrier (e.g., module, panel, etc.). The cable connection carrier has a front wall to which one or more cable connection components (e.g., optical components, electrical components, and/or hybrid components) are mounted. The cable connection carrier may angle the cable connection components relative to an open front of the base bracket. Some cable connection carriers may be snap-fit to the base bracket for easy installation. Other cable connection carriers are movable (e.g., pivotal) relative to the base bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Oscar Fernando Bran De León, Thomas Marcouiller, Peter C. Augdahl
  • Patent number: 11399641
    Abstract: A hanger assembly having separable surface and object brackets that can slidably engage in a nested position without fasteners. The nested position is formed through the engagement of opposing channels of the respective surfaces of the surface and object brackets. The surface bracket has marking tabs for impressing on a vertical surface a selected orientation of the object that is connected to the object bracket, which in turn is nested with the surface bracket. Once the vertical surface is impressed by the marking tabs, the surface and object brackets can be un-nested and the surface bracket mounted to the vertical surface with the guidance impressions left my the marking tabs. Then the surface and object brackets can be re-nested for installation of the object against the vertical surface. The object is not limited to pictures or panels, and can be irregularly shaped articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventor: Wayne Douglas Garriott
  • Patent number: 11402062
    Abstract: An installable and dismantlable apparatus as provided by the present invention includes: a load bearing part; a fixing mechanism including an unlocking drive component and a fixing moving component, the unlocking drive component disposed on the load bearing part, and the fixing moving component connected with the unlocking drive component; and a transmission mechanism including a first stage transmission component and a second stage transmission component, the first stage transmission component located on the load bearing part, the second stage transmission component connected with the unlocking drive component, and the first stage transmission component connected with the second stage transmission component. The present invention not only realizes quick installation and dismantling, and improves the efficiency, but also saves manpower and time, and reduces cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventor: Jack Hu
  • Patent number: 11402036
    Abstract: A cable routing system is disclosed including a routing fixture and an exit fitting. The routing fixture defines a channel for a cable. The channel is engaged by the exit fitting and a cable in the channels exits through an exit channel defined by the exit fitting. The exit channel is directed away from the channel in the routing fixture. The resulting assembly allows low profile cable runs that can conform to a structural surface and in which cables can be broken out easily, without a requirement to cut the cable. A clamp may be provided to further secure the exit fitting to the routing fixture. A method of installation involves installing a cable into a routing channel before installing the exit fitting. The cable routing system can be used in an aircraft, including space constrained areas such as within an aircraft wing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventors: Anthony Bryant, Paul O'Shaughnessy, Christopher Bills
  • Patent number: 11395553
    Abstract: A detachable shoe hook comprises: first part having a center plate, and second part. First buckling part is provided on top center of center plate, hanging rod is provided on top center of first bucking part, second buckling part is provided on bottom center of center plate, and hook body is connected to bottom center of second buckling part through connecting plate. Locking groove is provided on upper surface center of second part and comprises first gap groove located at top center of center groove, center groove, shaped groove located at bottom center of center groove, and second gap groove located at bottom center of shaped groove. Tenon of first buckling part is locked into first gap groove, tenon of center plate is locked into center groove, tenon of second buckling part is locked into shaped groove, and tenon of connecting plate is locked into second gap groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Inventor: Huawen Gao
  • Patent number: 11384866
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a pipe clamp configured to support a pipe from a mounting surface. The pipe clamp includes a mounting post, arm, and hinge. The mounting post has a first post end and a second post end that includes a first coupling element. The mounting post defines a first recess. The arm has a first arm end and a second arm end that includes a second coupling element configured to couple to the first coupling element. The arm defines a second recess. The hinge is positioned between the mounting post and the arm and is connected to the first post end of the mounting post and to the first arm end of the arm. The mounting post and arm are rotatable about the hinge from an open position to a closed position. In the closed position the first coupling element is coupled to the second coupling element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: OATEY CO.
    Inventors: Kai Zhang, John Jindra, Shawn Heipp
  • Patent number: 11384865
    Abstract: The tube management assembly employs a track, one or more mounting clips that are slidably mounted in the track and clamps that are snap-fitted into the mounting clips. In one embodiment, the mounting clip has a pair of resilient walls with inwardly directed lips for engaging in arcuate grooves in the sides of the clamp. In another embodiment, the mounting clip has a base slidably mounted in the track and a mounting block extending from the base and including a recess for receiving a tube transversely of the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventors: Ralph M. Meola, Jennifer A. Taliercio
  • Patent number: 11377864
    Abstract: An indicator for a compression post includes a leg defining an upper end and a lower end, the lower end configured to engage a support plate of the compression post; and an indicator bracket comprising a central portion coupled to the leg at the upper end and an indication portion oriented distal to the leg, the central portion defining a bend extending away from the leg such that the indication portion is laterally offset from the leg, the indicator defining a first visual indicator configured to indicate that the compression post is in either a compressed configuration or an uncompressed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventor: Charles J. MacKarvich
  • Patent number: 11378117
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for attaching legs to furniture using a mounting plate having a pair of studs on one side and a furniture leg on the other side. Three embodiments are shown wherein the mounting plate is a single piece in one embodiment, a double piece in a second embodiment, and a double piece without a leg in a third embodiment. The mounting plate mounts to the underside of the piece of furniture using screws extended through a plurality of mounting holes so that the studs are inserted into and fixed to the piece of furniture. The mounting plate has an S-shaped aperture in it for receiving a mating S-shaped portion which is attached to the leg using an insert portion so that the S-shape portion then passes through the plate to the upper side of the plate and is turned approximately 45 to 90 degrees so that the inner edges of the ends of the S-shaped portion frictionally engages the studs wherein the leg becomes attached to the piece of furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventor: Benjamin Andrew Galjour
  • Patent number: 11378204
    Abstract: A pipe support system includes a pair of leg supports spaced apart from one another. Each of the pair of leg supports includes an elongated base and a column. The pipe support system also includes a strut coupled to each column of the pair of leg supports and at a first height above the elongated bases. A support platform coupled to each column of the pair of leg supports and at a second height above the elongated bases. The support platform defines a longitudinal axis, and the second height is different from the first height. The pipe support system further includes one or more rollers coupled to the support platform. The one or more rollers are disposed around the support platform and rotatable around the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: WCM Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: William T. Ball, Eric Pilarczyk
  • Patent number: 11374532
    Abstract: Wire or cable holder assemblies employed in a solar power system are disclosed. In some embodiments, an assembly could include a cap and a base configured with channels. When the cap and the base are clamped to an object (e.g., a solar module frame), enclosures defined by the channels and a surface of the solar frame module are formed to hold cables. In some embodiments, an assembly could include a plunger with at least one leg and a base that includes a receptacle for receiving the plunger and a hook for holding electrical cables. A leg include a rack having teeth adapted to fall into notches or spaces formed by complementary teeth of a pawl found in the receptacle that forms a ratchet which permits insertion of the plunger into the receptacle but not an extraction. If extraction is desired, an external force may be applied to release the pawl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Sunrun South LLC
    Inventors: Greg McPheeters, Emily Figurski, Ezekiel Ferguson, Marty Affentranger
  • Patent number: 11371644
    Abstract: A display stand has two spaced apart legs connected by a horizontal support bar that is attachable to multiple displays. Carriage assemblies allow the stand to adjust the vertical position of the displays, shuttles and rails allow the stand to adjust the horizontal positions of the displays, and a central joint on the support bar allows the stand to adjust the angle between the displays. The carriage assemblies can convert rotational movement of adjustment handles into vertical movement of the support bar that is synchronized at both legs whether the support bar is in a straight or angled configuration. Wheels on the shuttles can provide smooth, consistent contact with rails in the support bar despite changes in the nominal dimensions of the rails. The display stand provides improved smoothness, rigidity, and comfort for the user to support and use multiple displays on a single stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Michael E. Leclerc, Brett W. Degner, Danny L. McBroom, David H. Narajowski, Denis H. Endisch, Kristopher P. Laurent, Simon J. Trivett
  • Patent number: 11365845
    Abstract: A mounting pad system for securing equipment, such as an HVAC outdoor unit or a standby generator, is provided in the form of a lightweight fillable pad member having a plurality of receivers located on a top surface of the pad member. The receivers are associated with attachment points located on the equipment and are used to secure the equipment to the pad. The pad member contains a filling port on its top surface and is configured as a molded hollow shell containing a gelling material which, when mixed with water, provides support to reduce deflection of the pad member caused by the equipment secured to the pad, prevents damage to the pad that would otherwise be caused by the expansion of internal contents upon freezing and prevents leakage of internal contents of the fillable pad in the event of an unintended breach in the hollow shell. The pad member is provided with at least one through-hole that acts as a supporting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Mainstream Engineering Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew L. Carpenter, Robert P. Scaringe